Introduction – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • Hsidmore says:

    Module 3_Lesson 1 – Desmo: This was just like Nationals for me, I just can’t get where I need to be to give him information.

  • Leslie Wood says:

    General question I’d love some feedback on: Do you (Sarah/Esteban/Jennifer) sign up for the warmup and/or premier sweepstakes on Friday? Why or why not? If so, how do you approach each of these runs?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      I did at first, but as Gitchi got older I wanted to make sure she was still running her fastest by the finals, so I removed the warmup, it also lets me sleep in or drive in later.

      Also I started with toy in the ring but I found it distracted her a bit and threw off the routine, so I reached a point where at NAC I just treated it like a normal run. If she was missing dogwalks I’d sacrifice the course to run it twice, etc. I think I’m conflating some memories with AWC/EO tryouts where you also get warm ups and can take toys into the ring.

      In general, decide based on your dog’s age, experience, and sensitivity to the environment. The younger, less experienced, and more sensitive a dog is, the more likely I would use all my runs and use my toy for sure.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      I have always done both the warm up run on Friday AND the premier/ISC class. I use them as a chance to get on the surface, test out my shoes, get on the equipment, and get a little last minute training in. With the exception of when ISC was a win-in spot for the EO team, I always treat it as training. I hold my contacts, work my lead out, and try to get a nice confidence booster before starting up with the official runs on Saturday.

      As already mentioned, I think it is team dependent. Some dogs don’t need the extra runs. Some handlers risk losing confidence. I think the advantages out weigh the cons, but I am basing that off my personal experience.

  • says:

    More general questions about NAC: Does each of the 6 judges submit 6 designated courses and someone selects the layout for each course or does each judge get assigned course to layout?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Great question! I assume/believe that each judge knows what round they are designing for, but I don’t KNOW that to be the case!

      We’re going to be interviewing a judge soon for the podcast and I will be sure to ask!

  • says:

    Some general questions: what is the list of equipment needed for the exercises? I was short one wing jump and used a nonwinged jump in place of it. I’m in process of building one more wing jump before next exercise.
    Do you breakdown all the working spots’ videos or only when we need visual clarity with OnForm to clean up our handling?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You can almost always use a wingless instead of a winged. Whenever possible, any jump taken as a backside should be a winged. And next most important would be slices.

      We almost always use OnForm for feedback. I can only think of a few times when we didn’t and they were all specific questions like “I’m working on my dog’s distraction level, here’s an FEO run, do you have any thoughts on my approach to training”.

  • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

    More to come! There’s 6 sets of exercises: “Every two weeks (starting January 17th), we will release a round of exercises that will be added to your menu. “

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