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April 2018

I spent a decade in confusion when it came to agility world teams. Seminars and classrooms were full of “former world team members”.As I gained experience I came to realize that there were multiple international events and multiple teams from the USA. But it took several more years of living and breathing the sport before

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Esteban’s Tugging and Jennifer’s Food Routine for a Dog Agility Run thumbnail

When does your agility run start? My run starts when my dog is next in line to run. I cue her to tug when the dog in front of us is halfway done, and I enter the ring as instructed by the gate steward, crossing through a magical barrier that separates the agility ring from

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Episode 193: Who is the World Champion in Agility? thumbnail

In this episode (22:14) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer outline four international championship events and explain how they differ in format, jump height, and governing organizations. You Will Learn Which international organizations are associated with which championship event. Which USA organization controls the team selection for which championship event. The differences in jump heights

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The Most Important Skill to Teach Your Agility Dog thumbnail

In the past month, I’ve had several emails asking which skills I teach to a young dog first. When you have a new dog or puppy, trainers want to get everything right from the start and this causes a lot of stress. Most trainers focus on behaviors like recalls, or sits and downs. But there’s

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Episode 192: Technical Debt in Dog Agility thumbnail

In this episode (32:04) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the software development concept of technical debt to dog agility. You Will Learn What technical debt is. What problems in agility can be thought of as technical debt. How to determine the true cost of technical debt to your agility training and trialing. Why

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Episode 191: Interview with Crufts Champion Dave Munnings thumbnail

In this episode (46:50) In this episode, 2018 Crufts Champion Dave Munnings joins Sarah and Esteban to talk Crufts, the UK agility scene, running contacts, and more. You Will Learn Who won Crufts. How Dave’s handling has changed over the years. Who Esteban thinks benefits the most from running contacts. Mentioned/Related Crufts Championship Finals –

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Episode 190: One Million Downloads Plus AKC Nationals Wrap-Up thumbnail

In this episode (39:45) In this episode, 2018 American Kennel Club National Agility Champion (16″) Jennifer Crank joins Sarah and Esteban for the AKC Nationals Wrap Up. You Will Learn The qualifying rates for both the Challenger and Finals rounds over the past 3 years. What competitors thought of the courses and surface. What happened

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