December 20, 2017

The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for December 20th, 2017

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 webinar “How to Improve Your Handling and Speed Up Your Dog (Without Getting Frustrated)”. Somewhere in there, I talked about how I taught my first agility dog to be slow, and to my surprise, people found that part of the webinar very powerful and relevant to their own agility experience. In keeping with the Christmas spirit, please share this video with a friend who might find it helpful or interesting.

The AKC Agility Invitational

We enjoyed watching the livestream and want to congratulate this year’s winners:

  • 8″ – NAC MACH9 Aerilee’s Like Never Before MXC2 PAD MJC2 XF T2B2 (Wren), a Papillon handled by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, OH
  • 12″ – Bur-Way Ready Set Go MX MXJ MJB (Game), a American Hairless Terrier handled by Suzanne Birdsall of Long Beach, CA
  • 16″ – MACH6 PACH Swansong’s Pretty Brilliant RN MXG2 MJS2 MXP3 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX MXF TQX T2B5 (Kylie), a Australian Cattle Dog handled by Anne Swan of Santa Barbara, CA
  • 20″ – MACH4 Sagehill Spot On MXG PAD MJC PJD MXF TQX T2B3 (Graphite), a Border Collie handled by Paulen-Renee Simpson of Woodstock, VA
  • 24″ – MACH2 Pm’s Grayquest Wild Blue Yonder CD JH MXG MJC OF T2B (Jif), a Weimaraner handled by Lori Barbee of Huntington Beach, CA

Jennifer Crank was on site and providing coaching for her students, including the 8″ winner Betsey Lynch and papillon Wren. A few months ago, we ran our Invitational Prep Course, and SIX course participants earned a spot in the Finals, including one participant who has taken the prep course three years in a row and made the Finals each year!

Questions or Comments?
Send them to and give me a few days to get back to you. We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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