The Agility World Championship Experience
The FCI Agility World Championship has a powerful influence on our sport. Each year, as soon as it ends, instructors and competitors around the world set up courses from the event and run them in their yards and practice fields. Judges take elements from the course designs and incorporate them into their own.
In this video series, you will get an in-depth look at all four runs at the 2019 FCI Agility World Championship from a medal contender in each of the three height classes: small, medium, and large.
Tobias Wüst (Small Dog)
Tobias is the reigning FCI World Vice-Champion (individual silver) for small dogs with his Sheltie Dörte. He also won gold in 2017, crushing the field by over 2 seconds. Just two months ago, Tobias and Dörte won the small dog division of the 2019 European Open.
Unbelievably, he was also the FCI World Champion for small dogs with his Sheltie Peanut in 2016. Tobias and Peanut also won the European Open in 2013 and 2014.
Tobias Wüst and Dörte's 1st place run in Individual Agility at the 2018 AWC
Jennifer Crank (Medium Dog)
This will be Swift's second appearance at the AWC. Last year, at his first AWC, Jennifer and Swift earned the overall individual silver medal, making Jennifer the only American handler to capture an overall individual medal three times at this event. In 2006, Jennifer captured the overall individual silver medal at the FCI Agility World Championship in Switzerland with her Sheltie Guess. She followed that up with the overall individual bronze the following year in Norway.
Jennifer Crank and Swift placing 3rd in Individual Agility Medium at the 2018 AWC
Jessica Patterson (Large Dog)
Former European Open Large Dog Champion Jessica Patterson (Team Canada) returns to the Agility World Championship after another year of dominating the competition. At last year's event, Jessica and Border Collie Lux placed second in the individual jumping round, but faulted in the agility round, ending their bid for an overall individual medal.
Jessica Patterson and Lux's 2nd place run in Individual Jumping at the 2018 AWC
Sarah Baker (Large Dog)
After being selected as an alternate for Team USA in 2018, Sarah Baker and Hops will make their debut at the Agility World Championship this year. Hops is the reigning and 3-time National Agility Champion for the American Kennel Club as well as a European Open team member, and runner up at the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.
Sarah Baker and Hops winning 2nd place in Round 2 of the 2019 AKC World Team Tryouts
Event Begins in:
How Does it Work?
Immediately after their runs, Tobias, Jennifer, Jessica and Sarah will use the Coach’s Eye and take you through the critical handling details of the run, highlighting what went wrong and what went well with an emphasis on their cues, including position, motion, and timing. Every run analysis will be uploaded as quickly as possible so that you can follow the event in close to real-time!
Germany's Tobias Wüst will run Sheltie Dörte in the small dog class. Tobias and Dörte captured gold in 2017 and silver in 2018. They are the reigning 2019 European Open champion and will be looking to add another win. USA's Jennifer Crank will run Sheltie Swift in the medium class. Jennifer has attending the FCI Agility World Championships 6 times with 4 different dogs and has won more individual medals than any other American handler. Last year, at Swift's first world championship, he won individual silver. Canada's Jessica Patterson will run border collie Lux in the large class. This is Lux's second agility world championship. At last year's even he won silver in jumpers proving he has the speed to contend for the overall title. USA's Sarah Baker will run border collie Hops in the large class. This is Hops' first agility world championship. Earlier this year, he won the AKC National Agility Championship for a 3rd time (2019, 2016, 2015).
Note that all analyses will be done in English.
The video series will include:
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Special Event Facebook Group
We have created a closed Facebook group for participants in the video series. This Facebook group is a great way to keep up with the event in real time.
You do NOT need to join this Facebook group to participate in this course. All videos will be posted on the Bad Dog Agility Academy website.
Event Begins at 8am on Thursday, September 19th, 2019.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will you analyze the course maps?
Course maps are often not available before the run at the Agility World Championship. Therefore, we will NOT include any course map analysis in the video series. This video series is based on the "Before and After" concept that Bad Dog Agility followers are familiar with from the AKC Nationals and Westminster, however it only includes the "After" analysis component.
What if I am not available to follow along with the event?
You’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS to all the videos. We run this course in real-time with the event, but you are free to watch the videos at whatever time is most convenient to you.
When does the event begin?
Opening ceremony is 8am Turku time September 19th, 2019 (that's midnight CST).
Can I watch the entire event? How is this different from the livestream?
This course does NOT include a livestream of the entire event. We are following 4 specific handlers who span all 3 heights. The livestream is provided through the official 2019 AWC website and can be found here: https://www.awc2019.fi/shop/live-stream/
When will your analysis be posted?
Following along with the event is half the fun. We plan to post the videos in close to real time. However, if we run into technical difficulties, the videos will be posted no later than each evening.
What equipment/space do I need?
None! We believe there is great value in analyzing competitor runs. We make this a part of our own training as we analyze courses from large events and break down some of the best runs by our fellow competitors. This course does not include any exercises for you to perform with your dog. Instead it focuses on the skills of course analysis and video analysis.
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