Every year, more and more competitors are taking our prep courses, getting personalized feedback on their practices, and making their way into the Finals of national level events like the American Kennel Club (AKC) National Agility Championship.
In this prep course, we share with you our exact approach to trial preparation in an easy-to-understand way that won't leave you feeling overwhelmed or confused.
Keep in mind that not everyone who takes this course actually attends the AKC Nationals. Studying course maps, working through sequences, and mastering your mental visualization routine will improve your performance for your next big event, or your next weekend trial.
The coronavirus pandemic has shut down trials and group training so that many competitors do not have access to full courses. We have received several requests to re-open our NAC Prep course because the exercises in the course are designed for backyard (small space) training. People have also pointed out that since Nationals has been postponed rather than cancelled, the event may still take place and they'd like to use this additional time to prepare for it.
While we expect that the AKC National Agility Championship will ultimately be cancelled, these exercises will help any competitor improve their handling, whether or not they plan on attending the event. Working spots for personal feedback are available.
Understanding the basics of course design and common traps will give you a competitive edge at your next trial.
Discover what works best for you and your dog by running sequences several different ways. Includes demonstrations and analysis.
Expand your skills with a nested challenge sequence that will help you over prepare for the event.
Optional, and the most powerful tool that you can use for self-improvement. Send us your sequences and we will help you run them better.
This was my second year taking the NAC Prep Course, as well as my second year attending the AKC Nationals, and I can’t say enough good things about both experiences! As someone who’s prior experience had been pretty much limited to weekend AKC trials, I can’t imagine how unnerved I would have been had I not had the prep courses to help me prepare both for Reno and Tulsa. Although I am a ‘middle of the pack’ competitor running an ‘off breed’ dog (think Shetland pony vs. Thoroughbred), this year at the Nationals I even found myself hoping to see some of the tougher challenges covered in the Prep Course (which is definitely a good feeling!) Thanks so much Sarah and Esteban for once again offering this excellent course, and as they say: same time next year!
Paula K. // 2016, 2017 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant
I'm a very visual learner. The the 3 instructors used the chalkboard to show the dog path, and handler options. I found this approach the best way for me to learn and get the most out of these exercises.
The laser focus of each course is ideal to watch and dissect. The format is user friendly and invites the user to start going over the material the moment it's released each week. The experts are truly great in their analysis and instruction.
Gwyn F. // 2019 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant
This is your chance to train with Sarah and Esteban Fernandezlopez and Jennifer Crank. You'll get instant access to the first video lesson and the included "Visualization Mastery" course. Registration closes March 31st. You will have LIFETIME ACCESS to the material.
Co-creator of Bad Dog Agility, Sarah Fernandezlopez has earned the AKC's Master Agility Championship with 4 different breeds over almost 20 years in the sport. A competitor, seminar presenter, and teacher of agility, Sarah will demonstrate various exercises with her border collie and explain key execution points with the Coach's Eye.
Co-creator of Bad Dog Agility, Esteban Fernandezlopez appeared in 3 straight AKC National Agility Championship finals with Golden Retriever Gitchi. Esteban has run three different breeds at three different heights in either the Challenger round or Finals at the AKC National Agility Championship. In this course, Esteban will prepare you mentally for your best performance and provide course map analysis.
Jennifer Crank has reached the Finals of the AKC National Agility Championship twenty times over the last 12 years. Jennifer has run in the finals of AKC Nationals, USDAA Cynosport Grand Prix Championship, USDAA Cynosport Steeplechase Championship, and Westminster and has won each of those events. In this course, Jennifer will demonstrate exercises with her dogs and explain key execution points with the Coach's Eye and provide course map analysis.
New for 2020! This course will help you and your dog excel by evaluating the trends of this year's AKC Agility Invitational judges and creating small space sequences to prepare you for what you might encounter in the ring. Every Monday, you will be provided with a set of practice sequences designed to prepare you for the challenges you are likely to face from the following judges:
Course Map Analysis
Jennifer and Esteban will walk you through the course maps in the Coach’s Eye for all 5 rounds from last year’s event. Understanding how judges design courses will help you quickly identify traps so that nothing will surprise you.
Small Space Exercises
Through video demonstrations and course analyses with the Coach’s Eye, we will advise you to handle the sequence in a variety of ways so you can decide which works best for you and your dog.
Nested Challenge Sequences
Expand your skills with an 8-10 obstacle challenge sequence using the same layout. The challenge sequences have been designed to help you prepare for more difficult challenges you might see at the event.
Personal Video Review
This feature is optional, and includes personalized feedback from Sarah and Esteban Fernandezlopez and Jennifer Crank. Learn from their experience, and bring an outsider’s eye into your training so that they can help you identify areas for improvement.
BONUS: Mental Preparation
Your mental preparation plays as much a part in your success as your handling and execution. Esteban will share the tips that have brought him success at the highest levels.
very beneficial to track (or map) the differences when running courses in various ways–this was so enlightening because often I was wrong in which way I would have chosen–always good to look at several ways and now I do.
Sue I. // 2016 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant
I loved the course. The course layout was extremely clear; it was easy to go right to the material I wanted to view and review. The course offered good course analysis and some helpful small sequences to practice one’s handling/timing. Overall, one of the best online classes that I have taken.
Bonnie D. // 2014 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant
Take it with feedback! Instructors have insights to help you perform better. Show your first run....they will give you great feedback!
Jane B. // 2019 AKC Agility Nationals Prep Course Participant
That was amazing feedback! Thank you so much for the detail and time you took to analyze my run. I completely agree with your comments. You guys rock!
Rosemary // 2017 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant
Take this prep course, hone your handling skills, develop your mental preparation, and learn to read courses quickly, all with easy to set up small space exercises. Join today for LIFETIME access.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you’re not thrilled with our course, just let us know during the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
Each exercise (including the 8-10 obstacle “challenge”) will use no more than 6 jumps and a tunnel.
All exercises will fit in an area of 50′ x 60′.
No. The sequences are based on the trends of the judges who are featured at the AKC National Agility Championship, but the skills needed are the same skills handlers encounter each weekend at their local trial.
You will have LIFETIME ACCESS to the material.
For those who choose the personal feedback option, will provide feedback for 6 months (through September 15th, 2020).
Please feel free to submit questions and video for multiple dogs in your household. Registration is per handler, not per dog.
Copyright 2018, Bad Dog Agility LLC