November 29, 2017

The Bad Dog Agility Weekly for November 29, 2017

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 do a front cross, dogs are more likely to drop the bar after the front cross when the handler blocks their view of the next obstacle, uncovering it at the last possible tenth of a second. When a handler uses a rear cross, the dog can see the jump very well, even as they are landing after the previous jump. I’ll opt for the rear in tight spaces or on turns where I can’t quickly move out of the dog’s way. Take a look at the video below.

AKC/USA European Open Team Tryouts

That’s happening this weekend and for the third year in a row, I won’t be there. I broke my toe and had surgery the first time, and my dog was pregnant the second time, and this time she’s retired from international jump heights. It’s like we missed our window, but sometimes that happens. Good luck to everyone competing in Latrobe, Pennsylvania! For spectators, there will be a free livestream and live results from the event.

Let your dogs know that you care by dressing them up in awesome Holiday themed outfits!

‘Tis the Season for Movies

I’ve already seen Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Daddy’s Home 2, Murder on the Orient Express, and a Bad Moms Christmas. The kids saw Coco and enjoyed it. What’s next?

Did you even have to ask?

Must see opening weekend:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Must See:
Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle
Pitch Perfect 3

Maybe See:
The Greatest Showman

Never See:
Father Figures

Questions or Comments?
Send them to and give me a few days to get back to you because I’m painting my house. I’m watching people paint my house. I’m watching Sarah watch people paint my house. Okay, I’m watching agility videos.

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