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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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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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Bad Dog Agility’s 2018 Westminster Wrap-Up thumbnail

Sarah has collected the course maps and results and archived them here so you can find them easily. On Saturday, February 10, 2018, over 300 dogs converged on Pier 94 in New York City to compete at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. As usual, the event was well run, well attended, and

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for January 3rd, 2018 thumbnail

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

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for December 20th, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. Welcome to the BDA Weekly! We have Star Wars behind us (we loved it) and Christmas ahead of us (we can’t wait) so let’s get this special Holiday Edition started. A Christmas Present For You and Your Dog This past summer, we gave an hour-long

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What’s Your Breed’s Ceiling? — The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for December 13th, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. Welcome to the BDA Weekly! I wrestled the keyboard from Esteban for this week’s newsletter which may not be the best plan since I had a 200 point gap between my verbal and math SAT scores and I’m pretty sure my seven-year-old is better at

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for December 6th, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. Welcome to the BDA Weekly! We’re painting our house so our Christmas tree isn’t up yet and I’m starting to get a little antsy… European Open Tryouts Results for Team USA You can view complete results here. Jennifer Crank and border collie P!nk served as

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The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for November 29, 2017 thumbnail

News, commentary, and training tips for the dog agility enthusiast. Welcome to the BDA Weekly! We took last week off for Thanksgiving and a sickening amount of pie, but we’re back and getting ready for Christmas. I’m going to watch so many movies in the next 4 weeks… Dropping Bars After Front Crosses? When you

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