January 25, 2023

January 25th, 2023 Wednesday Wrap Up (Happy New Year, Wednesday, AKC Nationals)

On Last Year’s Episode…
We ended last year with the AKC Invitational, and in our most recent podcast (CLICK HERE), 20” winner Jane Bronson joined us to talk about everything from her winning golden retriever Phire to course design to the proper pronunciation of nederlandse kooikerhondje (spoiler alert: we don’t know how to say it).

Happy New Year
I hope that all of you are having a great start to 2023! Jennifer, Sarah, and I are honored to be a part of your agility journey. CLICK HERE to listen to a great discussion we had about the pros and cons of making (and keeping) New Year’s resolutions in our first podcast of the new year. One thing we debated was how hard your goals should be, so I’d like to get some feedback from you on this question: do you favor having easy goals or hard goals? I think I prefer to have big goals that are difficult to reach (and maybe even require some luck to get there) but the road to achieving that goal is paved with smaller goals that are not as tough.

I am not a person who enjoys the macabre, horror, or the Addams Family. But Netflix’s series Wednesday was a “whodunit” masterpiece that was highly entertaining, and our family loved it! My favorite character (excluding Wednesday) was Thing, who deserves some kind of award for a wonderfully expressive performance. For people who watched, feel free to share what you love (or hated) about the series!

AKC Nationals in March
This year, the American Kennel Club National Agility Championship will take place March 16-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sarah and Jennifer plan to be there, and I’m hoping to make the trip as well, but only Jennifer will be competing. Every year, after the judges are announced, Sarah and Jennifer design a new prep course for the NAC based on their analyses of previous course designs by those judges as well as trends from previous years. The NAC has its own structure and rhythm that differs from what you’ll experience at the Invitational or Westminster. I had a chance to run my young poodle on one of the exercises today and we enjoyed it! Although we won’t be competing at NAC this year, working through the prep course will help her as we prepare to debut in the ring sometime this year (she’s scared of everything, so fingers crossed that it happens). If YOU want help getting ready for this year’s NAC, learn more about the prep course here: https://baddogagilityacademy.com/join-the-2023-nationals-prep-course/.

Email me at team@baddogagility.com with your comments and questions, and keep up the good work on those resolutions…right?

Happy Training,

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