Prepare for SUCCESS at Your Next Trial
Join the 2023 Nationals Prep Course
Every year, more and more competitors are taking our small space 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 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.
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.
Course Map Analysis
Understanding the basics of course design and common traps will give you a competitive edge at your next trial.
Small Space Exercises
Discover what works best for you and your dog by running sequences several different ways. Includes demonstrations and analysis.
Nested Challenge Sequences
Expand your skills with a nested challenge sequence that will help you prepare for more advanced coursework.
Personal Video Review
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.
Hear from participants from similar courses:
the sequences are short and fun
I like looking at different ways of running the same sequence: when the dog's path is the same and handling changes or even when the dog's path changes. I think this is a very important skill for trialing. The sequences are short and fun; you can try multiple ways to do it. The feedback is clear and kind. I always feel energized when I get my feedback.
Barb V. // 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 AKC Invitational Prep Course Participant; 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022 AKC Nationals Prep Course Participant, 2021 Small Space Bootcamp Participant
I'm a very visual learner . . .
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
Sign up for the 2023 Nationals Prep Course now!
This is your chance to train with Sarah and Esteban Fernandezlopez and Jennifer Crank. You'll get instant access to the classroom area (the first round of exercises are waiting for you!) and the included "Visualization Mastery" course. Registration closes February 2nd. You will have LIFETIME ACCESS to the material.
Meet the Team
Co-creator of Bad Dog Agility, Sarah Fernandezlopez has earned the AKC's Master Agility Championship with 4 different breeds over over 20 years in the sport. A competitor, seminar presenter, and teacher of agility, Sarah will demonstrate various exercises with her dogs 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. Esteban will also demonstrate various exercises with his dogs and explain key execution points with the Coach's Eye.
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.
This course will help you and your dog excel by evaluating the current agility trends and creating small space sequences to prepare you for what you might encounter in the ring. Every week, you will be provided with a set of TWO practice sequences designed to prepare you for the challenges you are likely to face from the following judges:
- Cindy Blanton
- Heather Dickinson
- Ben Gibbs
- Ross Johnson
- Daniel McDonald
- Don Wittke
These exercises are based on trends from the judges who will be judging the 2023 AKC National Agility Championship. These judges have been chosen by the AKC for this national level event and therefore provide a relevant sample of the current trends in the sport.
Course Map Analysis
Jennifer will walk you through the course maps in the Coach’s Eye for all 5 rounds from the 2022 AKC National Agility Championship. 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.
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.
Join Hundreds of Happy Handlers
this was so enlightening . . .
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
Overall, one of the best online classes that I have taken.
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!
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
You guys rock!
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
the short sequence approach was highly beneficial . . .
I thought the short sequence approach was highly beneficial in making rapid progress with my pre novice (13 mo) dog by focusing on just a very few critical points. It enabled both us to stay connected and keep the flow. Penny made awesome handling progress in just a few short sessions over a 4 week period.
Jim S. // 2017 AKC Invitational Prep Course Participant
What does this cost?
Join Us Today and Excel at Your Next Event!
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.
Registration Ends on February 2nd, 2023 at 11:59pm CST.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
100% Satisfaction 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What equipment do I need?
Each exercise (including the 8-10 obstacle “challenge”) will use no more than 6 jumps and a tunnel.
How much space do I need?
All exercises will fit in an area of 50′ x 60′.
Do I need to be going to the AKC Nationals to benefit from this course?
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.
How long do I have access to the material?
You will have LIFETIME ACCESS to the material.
How long can I get personal feedback?
For those who choose the personal feedback option, will provide feedback for 6 months (through July 31st, 2023).
I have multiple dogs and would like personal feedback, how does that affect my registration?
Please feel free to submit questions and video for multiple dogs in your household. Registration is per handler, not per dog.
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