Dog agility training tips and discussions. We often interview agility instructors and competitors as well.
335: Getting an Adult Dog for Agility
In this episode (28:37) Join us as we explore the benefits of choosing adult dogs for agility training, discussing how their known characteristics can offer advantages over starting with a puppy. We cover sources for finding adult dogs, including rescues and breed-specific rehomes, and delve into the unique benefits of choosing an adult dog for your next agility dog.
You Will Learn The benefits of acquiring an adult dog for agility training. How the issue of size can be important for certain breeds. Various sources to find adult dogs suitable for agility. How the idea of control affects how people think about acquiring their next agility dog. Mentioned/Related Episode 334: How Top Trainers Get Their Next Dog Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 Episode 330: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 2
334: How Top Trainers Get Their Next Dog
In this episode (30:08) In this podcast, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain how top agility handlers get their next dog while giving their own #1 quality they look for in a new dog or puppy.
You Will Learn The importance of understanding precisely what you want in a dog before beginning your search. The value of observing and interacting with a variety of agility dogs that do not belong to you. The significance of repeat breedings and why they matter. Mentioned/Related Let’s Talk Puppies! BDA Puppy Resources
333: Teeter Criteria
In this episode (27:26) Join us as we discuss the importance of defining and achieving clear criteria for teeter performance. Learn about the challenges unique to the teeter that vary by the breed and weight of a dog, and how to determine exactly which criteria may be best suited to your dog.
You Will Learn The importance of having clear criteria for teeter performances in agility. Common challenges in training the teeter and how they differ from other contact obstacles. Strategies for setting, teaching, and maintaining effective teeter criteria. Judging perspectives on teeter performances and training tips to meet competitive standards. Mentioned/Related Episode 257: Consistent Contact Criteria Teeter Drop Times All About the Teeter Episode 107: Training the Teeter Dog Agility Virtual Matchup: Small vs Large
332: Agility Seminars
In this episode (29:33) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban touch on the evolution of seminars in the agility world, while sharing essential tips on choosing the right seminars while maximizing value and minimizing cost.
You Will Learn How to choose the right seminars based on your training stage and goals. The advantages of learning from various instructors and the importance of a primary coach. Strategies for financial planning and maximizing the value of seminars. The evolving role of seminars in agility training.
331: Inside Look at AKC’s New Agility Proposals with Carrie DeYoung
In this episode (44:19) AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung joins the podcast to discuss the latest round of proposed changes, giving us the insider perspective on how and why these recommendations came about and what they mean for the agility community.
You Will Learn The background and details of the proposed agility updates and changes. The process and considerations behind these agility regulation recommendations. The fate of the table. What exactly a “bar” jump is. How you can make suggestions to AKC agility. Mentioned/Related The latest Rules and Regulations can be found here: https://www.akc.org/rules/ The current Regulations for Agility Trials and Agility Course Test (ACT) at the time of the podcast. The current AKC Agility Judge’s Guidelines at the time of the podcast.
330: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 2
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In this episode (44:38) In this episode, we delve into Early Take Off (ETO) in agility dogs with our guest, Jean Lavalley. We explore the complexities of ETO, its effect on dogs’ agility performance, and share personal experiences dealing with this challenge. Make sure you listen to Part 1 first: Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1
You Will Learn What Early Take Off (ETO) is and how it affects agility dogs. The common signs and symptoms of ETO. Handling adjustments for dogs with ETO. How students and instructors should approach ETO. Mentioned/Related Episode 329: Early Take Off (ETO) – Part 1 Clean Run Focus Issue on Early Take Off You can find Set Point in Susan Salo’s jump grid book. Don’t miss the 2024 NAC Prep Course! Click here for information and to sign up!
Review for BDA Podcasts
I have been a listening to these podcasts for over 3 years now. They are packed with information and tips for training. Whenever I get stuck on how to think about something in agility I go to the archives to find a related podcasts to listen to. Nine out of ten times it is there. Thank you BDA.
I started listening to BDA in October 2021, about 2 weeks before my very first agility competition. I started with episode 1 and burned through the series in under 8 weeks! Now I stalk my notifications on Tuesdays when new episodes come out and listen on my way to agility class! I’ve learned so much from Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer over the last 300+ episodes. I feel like Im visiting with old friends when I turn on a new episode. THANK YOU for a wonderful experience!
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This is a great podcast to stay in touch with all things agility including new rules, techniques, and viewpoints. Guest speakers and the 3 original hosts are spectacular! The perfect mix of educational and entertaining.