Testimonial – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • Lili says:

    I am curious, if you walk more than one handling option in different parts of the course, do you then also visualize different handling options as you run through the course in your mind? or are you trying to nail down one handling option during walkthrough and therefore, visualize only that? thanks in advance, Lili

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I would visualize any option you legitimately might end up using. But I always say: it’s ok to have a plan B, but you can’t have multiple plan A’s.

      So visualize multiple, but know your plan A and visualize that one more and definitely make it the last one you visualize before going in.

  • ltewinkle@velocity.net says:

    I agree that this component is rarely given time at class. Even if you only plan on going to local trials, this skill is invaluable for every team.

  • Lynne Bockelman says:

    My awesome coach does a walk thru & analysis before we run a course at class. Very helpful! But she doesn’t come to my trials, so I’ve learned a lot by watching someone very good with a dog that runs most like mine walk the course at a trial. I see where they plan to turn, how they plan to get ahead – front cross here, blind cross there. In AKC Premiere, sometimes I’m surprised when I realize, “Oh, was that a backside on the map? Ooops!” Or I might have missed an out-of-the-way obstacle during my walk. But once I have a plan, I stick to it. Changing at the last minute has almost always been a train wreck!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      As you gain experience, you’ll be able to use visualization to change your plan after walkthrough. It’s not ideal, but sometimes necessary and Esteban and Jennifer have both used this at high level events when they needed to change their plan based on what they see as other competitors run the course!

  • vdemenge@hotmail.com says:

    I agree. My dream trainer would walk me through showing handling technique, then let me visualize myself doing it before I run it.

  • joyrider@bellsouth.net says:

    This was a solidly good Visualization course. I plan to use these techniques. Thank you!

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    Seems like students should always be given a few moments during class (or more and when?) to practice visualization. They (we) need to develop this skill as much as any other element of what we are learning. Seems like too many instructors really are just map constructors…….”OK…….this is what we’ll do!” Wham bam….walk it do it. Then the crazy first (and only?) first run, no real processing…….There are so many learning components are never touched on……….rarely does one encounter a teacher who will ask the learner what they plan or how they think they did and how they might fix it. It’s always a rushed one way “conversation” ie teacher pontificating………….(I am exaggerating but the point is that the learner needs to be “in the learning loop” not in the audience………. Seems like visualization of the course set up combined with a walk through with some discussion pre and post would incorporate the learner more completely.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Great insight! I think as a student, you can also take this approach in your own learning. For example, since it’s online, you can take some time to think over how you might handle a given sequence BEFORE you watch the first demo video.

      This is a way of practicing that skill and then validating your plan.

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