Master the Skills You Need to Reach Your Dog Agility Goals
Learn how to create success in agility without having to figure it out all on your own!
Registration closes on June 1st, 2021.
After working with thousands of students, we know that...
When you're not having success, you need to make a change.
But change comes with a cost. Years ago, psychologists Don Kelley and Daryl Conner developed a model of how people experience emotions when they make changes in their problem-solving approach. Not all of these emotions are pleasant.
Agility trainers start out excited and optimistic about their dog, but when they run into problems they often feel annoyed, frustrated, and alone. This can quickly lead to feeling unmotivated and unhappy...they have arrived in the Valley of Despair.
Our first agility dog was a rottweiler named Sammie, and we discovered agility when we saw it on Animal Planet almost 20 years ago. My first thought was "I can do that!" and I signed up for a 6-week course thinking I'd be running full courses by graduation (I had a lot of Uninformed Optimism). Once I started, I quickly learned that teaching obstacles and learning how to handle wasn't easy, and I started to doubt myself (I had transitioned to Informed Pessimism).
Over time, I learned enough to start competing at trials, but my dog wouldn't stay at the start line and she never stopped at the end of her contacts. We went months without a qualifying run. My dog had so much speed and potential, but we weren't having success. I descended into the Valley of Despair.
Eventually, I learned about positive reinforcement training, variable reinforcement schedules, and the importance of consistent criteria for stopped contact performance. We started to improve (I had graduated to Informed Optimism). My rottweiler went on to compete at the highest levels, earning MACH, making the finals at the AKC Invitational, and running clean in the Challengers round at the AKC National Agility Championship.
I remember how close I was to giving up, and how frustrated and alone I felt when I couldn't fix our problems. As the creator of Bad Dog Agility, I'm grateful for the opportunity to help others on their own agility journey.
We created the VIP program to help you get better at all aspects of agility.
Bad Dog Agility VIP 2021
The VIP membership program gives you access to all of the information that you've been missing, presented in an easy-to-understand way. You'll get personalized help with any dog-related problem and the monthly features will keep you up-to-date on the latest trends in handling and training. You'll have access to special VIP-only courses, guest expert webinars, and private Facebook group.
The VIP registration window ends June 1st, 2021!
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
VIP Core: Monthly Features
Stay up-to-date on the latest trends in handling and training with our monthly features including small space sequences, course and map analysis, and foundation exercises.
“I love the short sequences which are very easy to set up, always work through different agility challenges, and provide such a great training opportunity that can be done in small spaces and only takes 15 minutes of your day. You can always find time for that in your day!”
VIP Core: Personal Coaching
Identify a problem, receive personalized feedback, put that feedback into practice, and review your performance. Get personal guidance and feedback on any aspect of dog agility.
“The run analysis of my runs from trials helped me so much on identifying ‘what went wrong’ which I couldn’t always figure out.”
VIP Core: Guest Experts
Monthly bonus videos from 3-time 20" AKC National Agility Champion Sarah Baker. Periodic bonus articles from AKC National Agility Champion and Westminster Champion Jessica Ajoux. Guest speakers and VIP-only Webinars.
"Hard to say what part of the VIP is my favorite. I look forward to the small space challenges every month but I refer to the Shape Up Foundations constantly. I also LOVE the Sarah Baker and Jessica Ajoux bonuses.”
VIP Core: Handler Injury Prevention with Chris Kerton
New this year! We've partnered with Chris Kerton, the handler fitness coach for Team Great Britain, to bring you a 12 week Handler Injury Prevention and Strength Training Program—36 workouts over 12 weeks specifically designed to improve your fitness for the sport of dog agility and prehab the handler to prevent common injuries.
VIP Core: Technology for Agility
No tech? No problem! We know that there are technology skills that you need to succeed in an online learning environment. The Technology for Agility course will teach you how to tape, edit, and share your videos. Helping you with the technology required to learn online is 100% included with your membership.
"Because of you, I’ve successfully taken 2 online courses as a worker during the COVID lockdown. It would not have happened without your A+++ tutorials.”
VIP Core: The Archives
When you join the VIP program, you get access to 6 years of VIP features, including course maps designed exclusively for the VIP by judges Anthony Clarke, Lee Gibson, Ann Croft and Tamás Tráj. This library also includes numerous small space exercises as well as webinars from previous guest speakers like Silvia Trkman, Jessica Patterson, Lee Gibson, Mirja Lapanja, and Sarah Stremming. Any agility question you have likely has an answer in the archives. Use us as your librarian to find exactly what you need.
Here’s what people are saying about the VIP Program
flexible or structured
"The VIP program is as flexible or as structured as you want it to be. The coaches are willing to work with you where you are and regardless of your basic approach (one mind, awesome paws, Greg Derrett,....). The coaches represent some of the best agility exhibitors and instructors in North America."
from a beginner
"I was a newbie to agility. I felt I did not develop any bad habits because of the immediacy of the online coaching. Mistakes were spotted and corrected before I patterned the dog. I also do live agility classes and judging from handlers in class that have been doing agility for years I am running right with them given only a year of being with VIP."
before and after
"Before joining VIP I sometimes felt my fast, excited Sheltie needed a different handler. With VIP I was able to find this handler within myself. The handler my Ziva always knew was there for her."
6 Bonus Courses for VIP 2021
These bonuses are going to help you get the most out of your VIP experience. They will fill in gaps in your foundation and give you the mental skills you need to succeed.
Learn visualization from handlers that have proven themselves in high pressure competition. Improving your visualization will improve your performance.
"I found it helpful to picture my dogs that have different skills doing different parts of the course. This also allows me to picture how my body needs to move to give my dogs the correct message."
Time Management 101
For many handlers, time is their most valuable and scarcest asset. In this course, we'll give you time saving tricks so you can train more agility with less time.
This course teaches the foundation handling skills of acceleration, deceleration, front crosses, and rear crosses.
"This is the best explanation of front crosses that I have ever encountered. I have struggled with front crosses for years. The video demonstrations are awesome!"
Shape Up Foundations
We have partnered with Justine Davenport and Jessica Patterson of Shape Up Agility to bring you the latest in foundation training.
Lessons with Lux
Jessica Patterson chronicled her daily training with Lux at home during the COVID lockdown. There are 30 videos in total, each less than 5 minutes!
"Great videos. Love that they are short and easy to watch."
We're always looking at ways to make the VIP program better and we often create content and give unannounced bonuses in response to questions or interest in special topics.
We Love Dog Agility
Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban here, and we LOVE this sport. We built Bad Dog Agility to help you reach all of your goals, whether it's competing under the bright lights of the televised Finals at Westminster or successfully navigating a homemade course in your own backyard. We've personally helped hundreds of agility handlers and their dogs, while thousands of people regularly listen to our podcasts, read our blog posts, watch our videos, and participate in our periodic live events on Facebook.
Do you have multiple dogs?
Your VIP membership includes all of your dogs. Submit videos and get personalized feedback for your dogs for the price of a single membership.
Do you have a multi-handler home?
Your VIP membership includes your spouse, partner, and children. Submit videos and get personalized feedback for every handler who lives under your roof for the price of a single membership.
VIP + Canine Fitness
After dealing with serious injuries to their dogs over the past few years, Jennifer and Esteban are emphasizing PREHAB for their next generation of competition dogs. Prehab involves identifying the most common injuries in agility dog and adding specific strength and conditioning work to your training to reduce the chance of injury.
VIP+Canine Fitness (VIP+CF) is an optional upgrade to your VIP membership. VIP+CF adds Sports Medicine and Rehab specialist Leslie Eide, DVM as your canine fitness coach! You'll get year-round exercises, exclusive webinars, structured mini-courses and personal feedback from Dr. Eide.
- 3-5 Exercises Each Month on a Theme (themes include targets, shoulders, jumping strength, fitbone exercises)
- 4 Structured Mini-courses throughout the year. These courses are a "deep dive" on a topic and include videos, articles, and a progression of information and exercises.
- June 2021: Introduction to Prehab
- September 2021: Plyometric Fitness for Jumping
- December 2021: Wintertime Fitness and Conditioning
- March 2022: Cavalettis
- Periodic Live Presentations with Q&A, ex: "5 Components of the Perfect Warm Up"
- Submit videos of your dog doing the monthly exercises for personal feedback from Dr. Eide.
Why Our Members Love the VIP
Taking a weekly class at $70/month will cost you $840 over one year.
Taking a one hour private lesson each month at $80/hour will cost you $960.
Taking a seminar costs hundreds of dollars for a single weekend.
All three options require travel, fixed scheduling, and limited access to the instructor.
VIP members get access to expert instruction year-round, in the comfort of their own homes and at their own pace.
They love the value they get from being a VIP member, and you will too!
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Registration closes on June 1st, 2021.
100% Satisfaction Guarantee for 30-Days
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you're not thrilled with this course over the next 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund, no questions asked.
You will love it!
my handling has improved
"I cant believe how my handling has improved since joining the VIP program! From front crosses to backside blinds, the videos are easy to follow and I go home to do them they actually sink in!
I don't have any other formal training than BDA and I don't know how many people have complimented me on how my skills have improved in just the one year I've been in the VIP program."
you will love the VIP program
"Since I train by myself, I didn't have anyone to help me with my runs. I have been having BDA review my weekend trial runs and provide feedback and it has helped a lot. Each critique gives a thorough explanation of "positives and negatives." I always look forward to these emails and feel good after reviewing them.
You will love the VIP program. The people are excited about agility and helping others achieve their goals. You can access the material whenever it fits into your schedule, so there is never a time commitment that is unattainable."
one year later
"After doing agility for almost 20 years, I had lost my way. I wasn't sure how to train certain things anymore because so much has changed. I wasn't sure anymore how to handle. In Excellent JWW it had been 1 1/2 years without a Q. My dog was stalling out in sequences because he was unsure what I wanted him to do. I was nervous every run because I knew I could not do it anymore. One year later, we are qualifying regularly. My dog and I both have the confidence to run every class in AKC. Sarah and Esteban are patient and articulate and they NEVER make you feel dumb. They have given me back the life I loved so much before!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I submit video for more than one dog?
YES! Your VIP membership includes all of your dogs. Submit videos and get personalized feedback for your dogs for the price of a single membership.
My husband (or wife or partner or child or parent) who lives with me also does agility, do we need multiple memberships?
NO! Submit videos and get personalized feedback for every handler who lives under your roof for the price of a single membership. We'll even give you each your own login so that you can keep track of your comments and log in whenever you like.
Is there a long term commitment?
Yearly members are locked in for a full year at a reduced rate. Monthly members pay a little more over the course of a year but have the flexibility to cancel anytime. Both monthly and yearly members auto-renew until they choose to cancel by contacting us (or filling out the cancellation form online). Note that once you leave the program, you can not rejoin until the program opens up to new members next year.
I'm not good with technology, can someone help me with that whenever I need it?
Yes, Sarah will personally and patiently help you with every situation you encounter. We know that the VIP program does not help if you can't figure out how to login or find what you need. We are committed to teaching you the skills you need to succeed in ANY online course. As a VIP member, you will have access to an entire course created to teach you how to video tape, edit video, and share video. If you run into any problems, just email us and Sarah will personally help you.
What kind of space and equipment do I need?
Having 4 jumps and a tunnel will let you do the small space sequences in your backyard. Many of our students work together and rent training time at agility facilities. However, you will benefit from the VIP even if you have no equipment or space at all. The beauty of learning online with the VIP is that you can gain knowledge and study proper execution from the comfort of your own home, and then put what you have learned into practice at your weekly classes and weekend shows.
What if I'm not ready to join right now, can I join in a few months?
No. Registration for the VIP program is only offered once a year. If you're thinking about becoming a VIP member, use the 30-day money back guarantee and join now! See everything we have to offer and jump start your training—there is absolutely no risk to you.
Do I need a Facebook account?
No. When you join, you will get a login and password on our training website. All your VIP materials are available on this website. Facebook is used only for our private group of VIP members. It is not mandatory and any announcements made on Facebook will also be posted into the Academy and/or directly emailed to VIP members.
Can I ask for feedback on ANYTHING?
YES! As a VIP member, you can ask for help with any aspect of agility and receive personal feedback from Sarah, Jennifer, and/or Esteban. You are not limited to getting feedback on exercises presented in the VIP. You can send us videos from trials or training.
Do I get access to the entire VIP program when I join?
We are having a welcome party and orientation on June 2nd. At that time all new members will get access to EVERYTHING in the VIP program. In addition, you will continue to receive new training features each month.
I have more questions.
If you have any questions about the VIP program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long do I have access to VIP content? What happens if I cancel?
You have access to the VIP program for as long as you are a member. If you cancel your account, you will lose access to your VIP materials, including the bonus courses.
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Dog agility is our passion, and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Thank you for your consideration of the VIP program. Some of our happiest moments and biggest agility successes have come from the accomplishments of our members. We're always delighted whenever we get messages and emails thanking us for helping them with a problem. We hope that you will join us for the upcoming year and we look forward to working with you!