263 episodes

Dog agility training tips and discussions. We often interview agility instructors and competitors as well.

Bad Dog Agility Podcast Esteban & Sarah

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    • 4.8, 76 Ratings

Dog agility training tips and discussions. We often interview agility instructors and competitors as well.

    259: Moving Toward Mastery

    259: Moving Toward Mastery

    In this episode (55:04) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer use the front cross as an example to show you how to advance from one stage of competence to the next.
    You Will Learn How to use the knowledge-execution paradigm to advance your skills. The how, what, where, when, and why of front crossing. Why you should practice without the dog. How you add speed to your own handling. Mentioned/Related Episode 258: Four Stages of Competence You can watch the video replay here (available until June 30th, 2020): “Moving Toward Mastery“. What was your biggest take away from this workshop video? Leave us a comment on the replay page! Click here for the Front Cross Training Video.

    • 55 min
    258: Four Stages of Competence

    258: Four Stages of Competence

    In this episode (38:23) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer discuss how handlers acquire competence in dog agility. Instructors usually talk about training the dog, but we believe the handler has even more to learn than the dog!
    You Will Learn How to apply the four stages of competence to dog agility. How determining your stage of competence can reduce your frustrations. How agility handling is like driving a car. The stage where most agility trainers get stuck. Mentioned/Related You can watch the video replay here: “What Stage Are You In?“. What was your biggest take away from this workshop video? Leave us a comment on the replay page! Click here to request the worksheet.

    • 38 min
    257: Consistent Contact Criteria

    257: Consistent Contact Criteria

    In this episode (42:42) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban share their thoughts on two buzzwords for contact performance: “consistency” and “criteria”.
    You Will Learn Why instructors emphasize consistency. How altering your criteria at a trial creates a range of behaviors from your dog. How to fix broken contacts. Why dogs creep down contacts. Mentioned/Related Sarah Stremming and CogDog Radio Episode 111: The Myth of the Ring-Wise Dog

    • 42 min
    256: Proofing Checklist for Dog Agility

    256: Proofing Checklist for Dog Agility

    In this episode (34:37) In this episode, we share numerous examples of proofing that you can do with your dog while training. Proofing in practice will give you better performance in the ring as your dog will feel more confident.
    You Will Learn Why you should proof against distractions that you will likely see at agility trials. The most common distractions a novice dog faces in the ring. At what point in training you should start proofing. Mentioned/Related Episode 204: How to Use Proofing in Your Dog Agility Training Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Episode 73: How to Generalize Behaviors with Your Novice Dog Why Your Dog Performs Better at Home Than at Trials Download the Proofing Checklist

    • 34 min
    255: Wearing Masks in Dog Agility

    255: Wearing Masks in Dog Agility

    In this episode (46:42) All information is researched but not exhaustive and not reviewed by an outside expert. Although Esteban is a licensed physician, this is NOT medical advice → you should get medical advice specific to your situation and health from your doctor, not from us or this podcast.
     CLICK HERE to download this outline as a PDF
    Why Should We Wear Masks? Study came out 3 weeks ago titled “Universal Masking is Urgent in the COVID-19 Pandemic:SEIR and Agent Based Models, Empirical Validation, Policy Recommendations”
    The authors (who are from Hong Kong, UK, France and Finland) compared countries with high levels of mask-wearing to ones with low levels. Using computer modeling and real-world data, they found masks could reduce transmission. The study concluded that if 80% of the population wore masks, there would be more than a 90% drop in infection rates. Etiquette and Politics Concerning Masks Wearing a mask does not give sick people permission to attend a trial. Allergies and upper respiratory infections can look similar, don’t assume the best case (that you have allergies). Instead, assume you are sick and stay home. Risk tolerance is key, but this is subjective and based on personal risk factors. However, understand that you will likely be unhappy for two different reasons: Either you feel that there are not enough rules in place (and/or too many violations) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because you fear getting the virus. If so, STAY HOME. Or you feel that there are too many rules in place (and they are unnecessary) so that you don’t feel comfortable being there because people are upset with you for “bending” or breaking the rules. If so, STAY HOME. Sample statement from AKC premium: “If you are concerned about the possibility of exposure to the coronavirus OR if you are unwilling to follow the states rules, it would be best if you did not enter this July trial.” Every personal situation is addressed by that statement. CDC Guidelines Who Should Wear?
    People older than 2 years of age in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain Who Should Not Wear?
    Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. In Esteban’s opinion, these people should not be at agility trials because they are at high risk for complications from coronavirus infection. General Considerations Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Comfort is important. Kap 7 masks 82% Polyester/18% elastane Shopping time, you should have a mask for every day of the week, like underwear! Children require a smaller fit. Leave your children at home. Leave guests at home–don’t bring them to agility trials. If it doesn’t fit well, especially around the nose, you will suck in unfiltered air from around your face. Include multiple layers of fabric PM2.5 N95 Activated Carbon Filter Mask Insert (100 for $100) Blocks at least 95% of viruses as small as 0.3 microns Virus even smaller but carried on droplets that are 5-10 microns Thread count of 180 or better for materials like sheets/pillowcases HEPA vacuum bags (hard to breathe) NO A/C BAGS DUE TO FIBERGLASS Be secured with ties or ear loops. Ties are more adjustable than a rubber band behind the ear! Metal to form the nose helps contour the mask to avoid gaps Allow for breathing without restriction. Remove very carefully, don’t touch the mask part, just touch the ties. Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape. Air dry is okay, leave it in the sun if possible. Hotter is better than colder for washing and drying. Two situations for masks: low risk and high risk. Agility trials will be high risk. Crowded grocery stores are high risk. Walking outdoors alone is low risk. Use you

    • 46 min
    254: Management Versus Training

    254: Management Versus Training

    In this episode (19:37) In this episode, Sarah Baker joins the podcast to explain the difference between management and training, and how you should apply those concepts to addressing behaviors, from barking in the crate to missed weave pole entries.
    You Will Learn When you should “manage” and when you should “train”. How good management protects your training. Why management is not just for puppies. How management can halt your progress in training. Mentioned/Related Let’s Talk Puppies!

    • 19 min

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Live love the bad dog agility pod cast

I am new to this sport but used to work/show in the obedience ring. New dog new challenges and since she is really loving agility we are here and spending time learning all that we can. Bad dog agility gives amazing insight and perspective. Thank you Sara and Esteban for continuing to service the community in such an awesome way.

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