The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for January 3rd, 2018

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast.

Welcome to the BDA Weekly! We’re kicking off 2018 with an advanced handling topic and a quick peek at my emails…

Confusion on Wrap Versus Rear Cross After a Threadle

This week, I’m going to share an interesting handling topic from our Bad Dog Agility VIP Facebook group. Take a look at the course map below and assume that your dog takes the #17 tunnel on your right, and you are unable to cross after the tunnel, so that you must manage the #18 backside with the dog on your right. What if the tunnel exit is pointed directly at the wrong side of #18?

Many handlers will not be able to change sides after the tunnel.

Clearly, you need to threadle in this spot, but how do you make sure your dog turns toward the #19 dogwalk and not the #11 tunnel after you perform the threadle? Dogs frequently confuse wraps and rear crosses after a backside and we see the same issue here. Watch the video below for my thoughts on this tricky situation.

Happy New Year to my Spam Folder

Take a look at some of the emails I’ve been getting this past week:

Wait, that second one looks interesting…

Having recovered from the flu (after 3 days of fever, our 7-year-old daughter tested positive for influenza A), Sarah and I hit the gym yesterday and it was packed with people I’d never seen before, mixed in with a few regulars.

What happened?

New Year’s resolutions happened. For me and my crew, dog agility is an athletic sport and my training regimen reflects that fact. In the next few weeks, I will share with you exactly how I set my agility goals and prioritize my training in spite of a very busy and unpredictable schedule. For now, after a freezing night in Texas, my goal is to bring warmer weather to the region.

My goal setting methodology is remarkably effective.

Questions or Comments?
Send them to and give me a few days to get back to you. Happy New Year and may all your champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true!