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

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 192: Technical Debt in Dog Agility thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the software development concept of technical debt to dog agility. 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 you might not need to fix every

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 191: Interview with Crufts Champion Dave Munnings thumbnail

In this episode, 2018 Crufts Champion Dave Munnings joins Sarah and Esteban to talk Crufts, the UK agility scene, running contacts, and more. Who won Crufts. How Dave’s handling has changed over the years. Who Esteban thinks benefits the most from running contacts. Crufts Championship Finals - 2018 Q-Me Agility HitItBoard.com HitItBoard.com has the innovative

Click here to read the full article →

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

In this episode, 2018 American Kennel Club National Agility Champion (16") Jennifer Crank joins Sarah and Esteban for the AKC Nationals Wrap Up. 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 when the timer malfunctioned during Jennifer's winning

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season thumbnail

In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with Leslie Eide, DVM about structuring your agility training in a way that gives you peak performance at a specific event. How to plan your time off from agility. How to taper for an event. How to design a training plan for the entire year. Jumping Gymnastics Online

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 188: Handler Desensitization thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban about how we can train ourselves to take risks on course. What desensitization is. How desensitization can help us deal with the stress of trials (big and small). Why experienced handlers may lose empathy for newcomers. How we can use desensitization to train ourselves to take risks on course.

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 187: Physical and Mental Commitment thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the differences between physical and mental commitment and how this can affect your dog on course. How we define a dog's commitment to an obstacle. Why commitment is important. How to change your dog's commitment point. Episode 171: Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus in Dog Agility HitItBoard.com

Click here to read the full article →

Episode 186: How to Handle Invisible Obstacles thumbnail

In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about everything your dog sees on course that you don't. That dogs and people see the agility world differently. Which invisible obstacles are the most common. How to deal with blank spaces. About shoemaking. Episode 122: Debugging Your Dog Agility Training Elite Science - 1-TDC You have developed

Click here to read the full article →

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

Click here to read the full article →

Send this to a friend