Video Analysis

Utilizing the Coach’s Eye, we analyze dog agility videos with slow motion and on screen diagrams.

Retrieving and the Agility Dog

January 21, 2016
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In this video, Esteban highlights some key points in a retrieve and demonstrates how to combine it with start line work.

On the Job Training using Placement of Reward

January 16, 2016
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In our last podcast (Episode 119: Handling (Three Aspects of Agility Training Part 4)), we mentioned that after a handling mistake, we like to change the environment rather than our handling cues. By manipulating the the placement of reward, your dog can be successful while you preserve the consistency in your handling cues. In the

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CKC Practice Sequences

April 6, 2015
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There are 4 weeks left before the American Kennel Club International Team Tryouts in Minnesota, so over the next months, we’re going to share some of the handling that we’re reviewing in preparation for the event. Esteban reverse engineered this jumpers course from a video taken at the Canadian Kennel Club tryouts that took place

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AKC Premier Class Challenge: The Inverted Pinwheel

February 20, 2015
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The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been developing a new Premier Class that will emphasize international handling elements like threadles, 270s, forced layering, longer distances between obstacles, and bi-directional jumps/tunnels. Various clubs have offered the class as a demonstration, and one of them mentioned the use of inverted pinwheels. Many people, including us, had never

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A Closer Look: Masters Challenge Jumpers Analysis

February 17, 2015
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Here’s a very interesting Masters Challenge Biathlon Jumpers course from a recent USDAA trial designed by Tammi Stone. In this article, I’m going to take a closer look at the sequence from the #14 tunnel to the #17 jump. Below the map are two videos: the first shows me running the entire course at the

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Novice JWW Run and Analysis

June 12, 2014
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For the next several weeks, we will be sharing our thoughts and training for dogs that are new to the sport. Often, instructors overlook analyses of novice courses in favor of more complex or tricky courses. Watch the video below for a map analysis and run by a true novice dog (not yet showing) followed

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Trusting Your Dog and Moving On: A Case Study

May 12, 2014
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In this video, we analyze Rosanne DeMascio’s winning 26″ Challenger Round run with Strafe. Our focus is not on her handling choices, but on how Rosanne effortlessly reaches key positions on course by moving on as soon as her dog is committed to a given obstacle or line, allowing her to run a smooth, flowing

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2014 AKC NAC Round 1 Wrap Choice – Pace vs Gitchi

March 28, 2014
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Click on the video below for a breakdown of an interesting sequence from Round 1 of the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship.

What Would 0.33 Seconds Mean to You?

January 29, 2014
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Would 0.33 seconds be the difference between Gold and Bronze? Between a Q and a placement? Between making the finals and being the first dog eliminated? Agility is often decided by the slimmest of margins, one of the reasons that we now use electronic timing. And in a speed sport, 0.33 seconds matters. Wrap choices

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