On January 1, the American Kennel Club (AKC) implemented several new rule changes for 2020, including “For Exhibition Only” (FEO) and “Fix And Go” (FNG) options. For more information on these rule changes, click here and here. If you have not already done so, you can also listen to our podcast with AKC Executive Field

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Watch Jennifer Crank Win All Four Rounds at the AKC World Team Tryouts thumbnail

The American Kennel Club held its World Team Tryouts on May 5th and 6th to select the teams that will represent the USA in September at the Agility World Championships. Tryouts consisted of 4 rounds, two standard and two jumpers. There were 88 dogs entered in the tryouts event over three height classes and three

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3 Exercises for Your Puppy/New Dog thumbnail

We have 2 new puppies in the house: a 15 week-old poodle and a 9 week-old golden retriever. Here’s a training session with the golden retriever from this morning where we quickly moved from one exercise to the next. The puppy showed great engagement and focus from start to finish. Two Person Recalls. Call the

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Bad Dog Agility’s 2019 Westminster Wrap-Up thumbnail

We have collected the course maps and results and archived them here so you can find them easily. On Saturday, February 9, 2019, over 300 dogs competed at the 6th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and Bad Dog Agility was there to see it (and compete in it). The event was held at Pier

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Good Advice from the Horse World?

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Annette Paterakis’ article “What Separates Mentally Strong Riders From the Rest of the Pack: Ten Habits You Should Adopt Now” is currently making its way through the dog agility world, and for good reason—the article lists 10 striking characteristics of “mentally strong riders” that separate them from everyone else. Annette is a former equestrian competitor

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How many points does it take to go to the AKC Invitational? thumbnail

It depends. For 2018, the answer is somewhere between 1 and 4,547 points. For the Invitational, the top 5 dogs plus the top preferred height dog in each breed are invited to compete, with rankings based on a points system. If you run 30 seconds under course time, you will gain 30 points. In additional,

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How to Help Your Agility Dog Get It Right thumbnail

You are running a sequence when your dog makes a mistake. What now? First, you need to know if your handling was correct. A training partner can help by giving you immediate feedback on your timing and position. If you don’t have a training partner, you should videotape your training session so you can review

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How Committed Are You?

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“Wait until your dog is committed to the obstacle before you move.” “Your dog needs better commitment.” Commitment is a huge buzzword in dog agility but what exactly does it mean? Imagine that you’re invited to a 4th of July cookout and you must RSVP to attend. You confirm by email, buy some groceries to

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Play Before Work

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You know you need a good reinforcer. And you know that playing with toys has great benefits specific to the sport of dog agility. For most handlers, toys are easier to throw, carry, and manage on course than food. Tugging is a complex skill made up of several different parts, and just like training weaves

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