Bad Dog Agility Podcast



where the naughty dogs train


  • 291: Fall Agility Update

    07/10/2021 Duración: 32min

    In this episode (32:14) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban highlight recent and upcoming events in the agility world. You Will Learn When and where USDAA Cynosport, UKI’s US Open, the AKC Invitational, Westminster, and the European Open team tryouts will be held. Where Jennifer was last weekend. How COVID affects these events. Mentioned Previous discussion on the Incredible Dog Challenge: Episode 199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog

  • 290: Speed vs Accuracy

    29/09/2021 Duración: 29min

    In this episode (29:17) In this episode, the BDA team talks about the relationship between speed and accuracy in dog agility. You Will Learn Why many people believe speeding up a dog will decrease accuracy. How techniques for improving your course time depends on your situation. The #1 easy thing to fix to improve your dog’s course time. Why it’s easier to speed up your dog if you’re a really bad handler. Mentioned Swift winning all fours rounds at tryouts: Episode 179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross? Episode 199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog

  • 289: The End of Coach’s Eye

    22/09/2021 Duración: 25min

    In this episode (25:48) Instructors at Bad Dog Agility have been using the Coach’s Eye app to analyze maps and videos of runs for years, but no longer! Coach’s Eye is being retired and users have one year of support from the company. Not to worry, Sarah has already found a replacement app, OnForm. You Will Learn What is happening with Coach’s Eye. Sarah’s recommended app to replace Coach’s Eye. What Jennifer and Esteban think of the new app. Upgrades and differences between Coach’s Eye and the new app. Mentioned Our Recommendation: OnForm An example video analysis from our archives: AKC NAC Finals Map Analysis An example of side by side analysis (at time 8:45): Did 75% of dogs go the wrong way at AKC Nationals?

  • 288: Interview with 2-Time Highest Scoring All-American Westminster Winner Lisa Topol

    15/09/2021 Duración: 42min

    In this episode (42:46) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban are joined by Lisa Topol, the 2021 AND 2019 Highest Scoring All-American dog at the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. You Will Learn How Lisa is like Lebron James. What you should expect from your rescue dog. How Plop got his name. Why shelters and rescues are full of great agility prospects. Why it is important to know your goal for every agility run. Mentioned/Related Lisa will soon be offering training at her new facility. Check out the website for details (currently under construction!)

  • 287: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

    08/09/2021 Duración: 14min

    In this episode (14:35) What would you do if you were without an agility partner for two years? In this podcast, Sarah and Jennifer talk with Collene Gaolach, an agility competitor without a partner who has continued to learn and improve as a handler WITHOUT a dog. You Will Learn Why Collene does agility with “her invisible dog”. How walking and running a course without a dog can improve your handling skills. How you can quickly set up full courses with placeholders. Why the “why’s” of agility are so important.

  • 286: Why Agility?

    20/05/2021 Duración: 37min

    In this episode (37:09) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explore WHY people love agility and how trainers can use their WHY to map out the next 12 months of their agility lives. You Will Learn The 9 categories of why people do agility. How your “why” affects your planning. What happens when your goal setting doesn’t match up with your “why”.

  • 285: Private Lessons

    15/05/2021 Duración: 20min

    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.

  • 284: How to Get a Perfect 1600 on Your Next Agility Run

    10/05/2021 Duración: 38min

    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?

  • 283: Running Other People’s Dogs

    30/04/2021 Duración: 43min

    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.

  • 282: Should You Switch From Stopped to Running Contacts?

    23/04/2021 Duración: 34min

    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.

  • 281: What Do Handlers Eat at Big Events?

    15/04/2021 Duración: 14min

    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.

  • 280: NAC Wrap-Up with Judge Tim Verrelli

    07/04/2021 Duración: 01h08min

    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

  • 279: Pinwheel Problems

    23/03/2021 Duración: 17min

    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.

  • 278: How to Help Your Dog the Right Way

    04/03/2021 Duración: 18min

    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

  • 277: What Are Your Nerves Telling You?

    11/02/2021 Duración: 29min

    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?

  • 276: Building Success

    04/02/2021 Duración: 40min

    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.

  • 275: Handler Fitness and Agility

    28/01/2021 Duración: 43min

    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

  • 274: 21 Days to a Better 2021

    21/01/2021 Duración: 34min

    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.

  • 273: Strategy or Execution?

    15/01/2021 Duración: 25min

    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

  • 272: All About the Tunnel - Part 2

    23/12/2020 Duración: 19min

    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: Customers in the USA can contact Mary Ellen Barry at to place an order. Wa

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