Rank #1: 171: Obstacle Focus vs Handler Focus in Dog Agility
In this episode, Sarah and Esteban talk about the concept of handler focus versus obstacle focus, and how to apply it to your own agility training.You Will Learn
- What it means for your dog to be handler-focused or obstacle-focused.
- Which focus you need in order to excel in agility.
- How a dog’s focus can be obstacle-dependent.
Aug 04 2017
Rank #2: Episode 3: Start Line Stays; Online Agility Classes
In this episode (13:56) Training Tip: Taking start lines out of your agility training. News Topic: Five tips to help you pick an online agility course. Mentioned Introduce Our Next Podcast! Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Download the MP3 File Here (Right Click and Save As…)
May 11 2012
Rank #3: 199: How to Speed Up Your Agility Dog
In this podcast, we discuss how you can improve your dog’s time by focusing on efficiency on course and increasing your dog’s natural speed and drive.You Will Learn
- How the format of the Incredible Dog Challenge differs from all other agility trials.
- Why your dog doesn’t always need to run faster to get faster times.
- Three quick tips to improve your dog’s speed.
Jun 15 2018
Rank #4: 147: Susan Garrett on Dropped Bars
Sarah and Esteban talk with Susan Garrett about helping your dog drop less bars.You Will Learn
- Susan Garrett’s protocol for knocked bars, and which dogs it’s appropriate for.
- Common training mistakes people make when addressing bar knocking.
- If you should be quiet when your dog is jumping.
- How to help your dog avoid brushing wings/uprights.
- How Response Cost influences a dog’s bar knocking.
- The importance of jump training, handling, and strength and conditioning for success.
- How Susan trains jumping with her young dog.
- The next big challenge in dog agility.
- The significance of a rhetorical question.
- Facebook Group — Handling 360: Free Agility Workshop
- Susan’s Facebook Live “Re-Do” of the AWC Large Dog Course
- Sarah’s favorite Susan Garrett run from the 2016 Agility World Championship.
- Previous Podcast Interview with Susan Garrett — Episode 43: Susan Garrett Interview on Positive Training and Handling Systems
- Previous Podcast on Record Keeping — Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility
- Episode 100: Interview with Crufts Judge Lee Gibson – Part 1
- Episode 136: Interview with WAO Judge Anthony Clarke
Oct 19 2016
Rank #5: 172: Watching Your Dog on Course
In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban discuss what it means to keep an eye on your dog during agility.You Will Learn
- Why and when you should keep your eyes on your dog.
- Why and when you should look away from your dog.
- The importance of using your peripheral vision.
Aug 12 2017
Rank #6: 229: Is Your Dog Too Worked Up for Agility
In this episode, Sarah Stremming joins the podcast to discuss dogs that are too worked up/high drive/over-aroused to perform in the agility ring.You Will Learn
- Signs of an overly worked up or over-aroused dog.
- “Tag-along” behaviors often seen with these dogs.
- How agility dogs today differ from previous generations with respect to arousal and prey/bite drive.
- Solutions for working with the over-aroused dog.
Sep 30 2019
Rank #7: Episode 39: Interview with Michael Ellis on Tugging – Part 1
Jul 09 2013
Rank #8: Episode 32: Improving Your Mental Game for Big Events
In this episode (29:34) We discuss how to separate your pre-run preparation into a “routine phase” and a “focus phase” in order to improve your performance at big events. Mentioned The 2013 AKC National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Ok Watch the AKC NAC Finals live at Agility Vision. The finals are free (sponsored by theClick here to read the full article →
Mar 12 2013
Rank #9: 126: Dog Agility NOW
In this podcast, we announce the launch of our new website dedicated to sport reporting for dog agility. We discuss our thoughts, plans, and hopes for this new site.Mentioned
Mar 16 2016
Rank #10: 160: How to Work Through Mistakes in Your Agility Training
In this episode, Sarah and Esteban share some thoughts on the exact steps they take when the dog makes a mistake in agility training.You Will Learn
- Exactly how Esteban and Sarah react to mistakes when training.
- How to keep your dog’s drive and enthusiasm up in the face of repeated mistakes.
- Why Sarah uses “microbreaks” with her border collie.
- Esteban’s thoughts on No Reward Marks (NRMs) in agility training.
- Analyzing Your Mistakes in Dog Agility
- Episode 30: Analyzing Mistakes and a Look at Systems
- On the Job Training using Placement of Reward
- Episode 131: Free Your Agility Dog
- Episode 49: Using Differential Rewards
- Episode 57: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 2
- Psychology Today: Should Trainers Tell Dogs When Their Behavior Is Wrong?
Apr 14 2017
Rank #11: Episode 77: The Secret to All of Dog Agility
In this episode (24:58) In this podcast, we discuss the secret to ALL of dog agility. Spoiler Alert: it has nothing to do with handling. Mentioned Greg Derrett and Ultimate Agility Please rate and review the podcast so other listeners will find us! Ways to Listen Subscribe to the podcast on your iPhone or iPad.Click here to read the full article →
Nov 21 2014
Rank #12: 170: Homeostasis in Dog Agility
Why is it sometimes so difficult to make changes in your handling? In this episode, Sarah and Esteban apply the concept of homeostasis to dog agility, and explain how you can “reset” your agility equilibrium.You Will Learn
- The definition of homeostasis.
- How to leave jumps sooner.
- A helpful tip for handlers who “body block” their dogs on down contacts.
- How to get ahead while your dog is weaving.
- The real secret behind Romeo and Juliet’s love affair.
Jul 28 2017
Rank #13: 188: Handler Desensitization
In this episode, Sarah and Esteban about how we can train ourselves to take risks on course.You Will Learn
- What desensitization is.
- How desensitization can help us deal with the stress of trials (big and small).
- Why experienced handlers may lose empathy for newcomers.
- How we can use desensitization to train ourselves to take risks on course.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #14: Episode 60: Preparing for Your Novice Debut
Jun 18 2014
Rank #15: 221: Six Strategies for Dogs That Shut Down or Get Distracted
In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer share six things you can do today to help your dogs that gets distracted or shuts down in training or trialing.You Will Learn
- How to increase your rate of reinforcement to keep your distracted dog engaged.
- How a focus on transitions changed how Jennifer teaches live classes.
- How to use different leashes to improve your crate to crate routine.
- How to predict where your dog will become distracted on course.
May 11 2019
Rank #16: Episode 6: CCL Injuries and TPLO
In this episode (43:04) Special guests Brittany Schaezler and Jackie Bludworth join the podcast to discuss cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries and the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) surgical option. Mentioned Brittany Schaezler “Agility Vet” 2010 NAC Pete Linda Mecklenburg’s Jumping Program Susan Salo’s Jumping Program Cavalettis Peanut Therapy Balls Ways to Listen Subscribe toClick here to read the full article →
Jun 09 2012
Rank #17: Episode 44: Dog Agility Dreams & Goals
Jan 14 2014
Rank #18: 179: Which is Faster, a Front Cross or Rear Cross?
In this episode, Sarah and Esteban tackle the question of which is faster: the front cross or the rear cross?You Will Learn
- The psychology behind the idea that the front cross is faster than the rear cross.
- When you should choose a rear cross instead of a front cross.
- Which type of dog does better with front crosses than rear crosses.
- The importance of timing yourself in training.
Nov 03 2017
Rank #19: 189: How to Structure Your Dog Agility Season
In this podcast, Sarah and Esteban talk with Leslie Eide, DVM about structuring your agility training in a way that gives you peak performance at a specific event.You Will Learn
- How to plan your time off from agility.
- How to taper for an event.
- How to design a training plan for the entire year.
Mar 30 2018
Rank #20: Episode 56: Interview with Denise Fenzi – Part 1
May 16 2014