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Bad Dog Agility Podcast
21 minutes | 2 days ago
285: Private Lessons
In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about private lessons in dog agility and how you can use them more effectively. You Will Learn Differences in private lessons between novice and advanced handlers. Why setting expectations is important. How to maximize your learning during a private lesson. How private lessons can be used in a variety of ways.
39 minutes | 7 days ago
284: How to Get a Perfect 1600 on Your Next Agility Run
In this episode (38:37) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban apply concepts from “How to Get a Perfect 1600 SAT Score” to dog agility. Implement these study habits to your training for maximum results! You Will Learn How to distinguish between high-quality and low-quality practice. How to emphasize quality over quantity. How to be ruthless about understanding your mistakes. How to find patterns in your weaknesses. How to eliminate careless errors. How to develop amazing study habits. How to deal with pressure. Mentioned/Related The “Inspiration” Article Episode 14: Agility Instructors, They’re G-r-r-reat! Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems Episode 212: Do You Really Need Video Analysis?
44 minutes | 17 days ago
283: Running Other People’s Dogs
In this episode (43:30) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about running other people’s dogs, including why and how they do it. You Will Learn Why people ask other people to run their dog. Why you need the “keys to the car” to make it work. How your training and handling strategies depend on exactly why you’re running someone else’s dog. Why you should consider pet insurance for someone else’s dog. Why people co-own dogs in agility. Tips for a successful team approach to dog agility.
34 minutes | 24 days ago
282: Should You Switch From Stopped to Running Contacts?
In this episode (34:24) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban reveal the many factors handlers have to take into consideration when they answer the question, “Should I convert my stopped contact to a running contact?” You Will Learn Why there’s sometimes a penalty for teaching old dogs new tricks. What makes you and your a stronger or weaker candidate for retraining. The difference between converting a dogwalk or a-frame. How much time you will likely gain after making the switch. Whether your dog’s breed or size really matters.
14 minutes | a month ago
281: What Do Handlers Eat at Big Events?
In this episode (14:29) In this episode, Jennifer and Esteban share their not-so-secret agility trial eating habits with Sarah. You Will Learn What Jennifer and Esteban eat at big agility events. How they time their meals around agility runs. What snacks they prefer for quick energy. The #1 thing agility competitors forgot to consume, especially in the winter.
68 minutes | a month ago
280: NAC Wrap-Up with Judge Tim Verrelli
In this episode (1:08:22) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban welcome special guest Tim Verrelli, judge of the AKC National Agility Championship Finals. Podcast co-host Jennifer Crank doubles as a special guest as she won the 16″ Finals at this event. You Will Learn Who won the NAC and PNAC titles this year. Which podcast participant has been doing agility the longest. What breeds Tim has run in agility. When Tim designed the Finals course. Why Esteban loved the Finals course. What obstacle replaces the chute in AKC. How Jennifer won her 2nd NAC in 3 years with P!nk with the fastest time in all heights. How the ESPN broadcast affected the Finals. Why ESPN cut 10 dogs out of the Finals broadcast on ESPN2. How livestream comments about preferred dogs created a controversy. When and where the Premier Cup will take place. Mentioned/Related Esteban’s AKC NAC Finals Map Analysis Watch Jennifer and P!nk's Winning Run
18 minutes | 2 months ago
279: Pinwheel Problems
In this episode (17:57) In this episode, the BDA team discusses one of the most classic jump sequences in all of agility: the pinwheel. You Will Learn What a pinwheel is. How most people handle pinwheels. Problems people encounter on pinwheels. Why dogs sometimes mistakenly turn away from the handler on pinwheels. How to handle pinwheels better. How to vary your reinforcement schedule to help your dog stay motivated on pinwheels.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
278: How to Help Your Dog the Right Way
In this episode (18:56) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss how to help our dog be successful and improve their learning at the same time. You Will Learn Why helping your dog be correct doesn’t always teach your dog the right lesson. How you can help your dog without changing your handling. Why it’s helpful to work through problems when they occur. Mentioned/Related How to Help Your Agility Dog Get It Right On the Job Training using Placement of Reward
29 minutes | 3 months ago
277: What Are Your Nerves Telling You?
In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban share their own experiences with nerves before an agility run. You Will Learn What you can learn from your nerves. How you can alleviate your nerves by taking a closer look. How nerves change depending on the dog on and context. How great athletes handle nerves at big events. Mentioned/Related Are you 98% excited and 2% scared? Or 98% scared and 2% excited? 🙂 Episode 169: Creating a Crate to Crate Routine
41 minutes | 3 months ago
276: Building Success
In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss the process of constructing a building for agility. You Will Learn What goes into building a space for agility. What factors were most important to Jennifer. The pros and cons of renting out your space. The maintenance requirements of different surfaces. The timeline of Jennifer’s building from the first stake in the ground to when she was given the keys!. Mentioned/Related The turf Jennifer used is True Turf from GrassTex.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
275: Handler Fitness and Agility
In this episode (43:18) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban are joined by Chris Kerton aka Kert, Handler Fitness Coach for Team Great Britain and owner of Karma Fitness. You Will Learn How fitness training can be specialized for dog agility handlers. Why anaerobic fitness is important for agility. How strength training can help prevent injury. Why mistakes may be more common toward the end of courses. Mentioned/Related Contact Kert on Facebook Train with Kert at Karma Fitness Episode 69: Dog Agility – The Great Motivator
35 minutes | 4 months ago
274: 21 Days to a Better 2021
In this episode (34:35) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban share their tricks for developing new habits that will help your dog agility in 2021. You Will Learn Why you need to move past will power to create new habits. How his family locked Esteban out of eating candy. Why people like to socialize after an agility trial. How to use Netflix to condition your dogs. When you might benefit from an accountability partner. Mentioned/Related Episode 210: How to Goal Set for Big Events in 2019 Episode 155: Three Emotions Keeping You From Setting Agility Goals Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals Achieve Your Dog Agility Goals Want your own timed lock box? Try this.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
273: Strategy or Execution?
In this episode (25:09) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban define strategy and execution while exploring the difference between them. You Will Learn The difference between strategy and execution. How to use course maps to develop your strategies. How to develop strategies without course maps. Why visualization can help your strategic planning. How instructors can tailor classes for strategy or execution. Why execution applies to dog training as well as handling. Mentioned/Related Analyzing Your Mistakes in Dog Agility
20 minutes | 5 months ago
272: All About the Tunnel - Part 2
In this episode (19:32) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban show why the tunnel may be a far more complex obstacle than most competitors realize. (Click here for Part 1) You Will Learn The handling impact of curving or straightening a tunnel. How tunnels interact with different dog heights. Whether you should train on light or dark-colored tunnels. How to properly bag and anchor your tunnel. What length tunnel you should train on. If “tunnel suckers” actually exist. Why handlers shouldn’t get too close to the tunnel. How to cue tight turns after the tunnel. When to time your verbal cues for the next obstacle after a tunnel. How to handle common tunnel traps. Mentioned/Related Episode 129: The Connection Paradigm Tunnel Discrimination and Bypass Test Can Your Dog Find a BLIND Tunnel Entry? Sarah’s Tunnel Bag Recommendation: https://www.tunelypropsy.cz/en/articles/stabilization-bags/fixation-bag-sara/. Customers in the USA can contact Mary Ellen Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. Water bags are becoming a popular way to weight your bags rather than dirt. You can pour out the water before transporting bags and refill anywhere there is a hose: https://smartbottleinc.com/product/5-3-gallon
32 minutes | 5 months ago
271: All About the Tunnel – Part 1
In this episode (31:41) In this podcast, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban show why the tunnel may be a far more complex obstacle than most competitors realize. You Will Learn The handling impact of curving or straightening a tunnel. How tunnels interact with different dog heights. Whether you should train on light or dark-colored tunnels. How to properly bag and anchor your tunnel. What length tunnel you should train on. If “tunnel suckers” actually exist. Why handlers shouldn’t get too close to the tunnel. How to cue tight turns after the tunnel. When to time your verbal cues for the next obstacle after a tunnel. How to handle common tunnel traps. Mentioned/Related Sarah’s Tunnel Bag Recommendation: https://www.tunelypropsy.cz/en/articles/stabilization-bags/fixation-bag-sara/. Customers in the USA can contact Mary Ellen Barry at email@example.com to place an order. Water bags are becoming a popular way to weight your bags rather than dirt. You can pour out the water before transporting bags and refill anywhere there is a hose: https://smartbottleinc.com/product/5-3-gallon
26 minutes | 5 months ago
270: Winter Training
In this episode (26:00) In this podcast episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban help you prepare for winter training! You Will Learn How to create a plan for your winter season. Why you should tailor your training to the individual dog. Which agility behaviors can be taught without equipment. Why top competitors focus on conditioning. How to develop drive, focus, and motivation away from equipment. When you should take a complete break from agility.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
269: Frustration Barking in Agility
20 minutes | 6 months ago
268: Are You Using Too Many Call-Offs?
In this episode (20:04) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain what “call-offs” are and how they impact our handling and our dogs on course. You Will Learn The definition of a “call-off”. The pros and cons of call-offs. The difference between proactive and reactive handling. How various dogs respond differently to call-offs. Mentioned/Related Episode 246: Should You React or Anticipate in Dog Agility?
19 minutes | 6 months ago
267: Finding the Motivation to Train
In this episode (19:05) In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah help Esteban overcome his lack of motivation to train. You Will Learn How to motivate yourself to train when you don’t feel like. How to schedule your training. Why you should set the bar low. Mentioned/Related Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility Episode 82: What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed And YES, Esteban DID train his dog!
38 minutes | 7 months ago
266: Jekyll and Hyde Contacts
In this episode (37:41) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban have a detailed discussion on why some dogs have better contacts in training than in trials, and how you can fix that. You Will Learn Common mistakes made when trainers try to fix contact issues. How to reward your dog for good contacts at a trial without taking food into the ring. Why and how to leave the ring with your dog for a contact error. Why you should leave the training field with your dog for a contact error. How to properly reward your dog in training during contact work. Mentioned Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog Episode 247: Interview with Greg Derrett on UKI At Home Agility Program Episode 257: Consistent Contact Criteria
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