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Dog Agility Television

September 30, 2015

NatGeoTV plans to produce a program featuring Top Dog and the National Dog Agility League. This is not a series. But we are inclined to want to blow their socks off and make it very clear that it should be a series. The plan is for February of 2017 in conjunction with the events surrounding Westminster.

In 2016 we will be marketing the league in earnest. NatGeoTV might be electrified by the support by the agility community. But we’ll have to demonstrate that we are capable of supplying that electricity.

The format that I have envisioned all along is a competition between the two top franchises in the National Dog Agility League. That means that accrued scores for each club in 2016 will qualify the teams for the on-air competition. Play will be open to anyone in the world who wants to put up the course, utilizing basic social networking tools for the recording and aggregation of scores.

In routine league play the team score for a franchise club is derived from the scores of their top five players. That gives a notable advantage to franchises with lots of dogs. The plan for the NatGeoTV segment will be that the teams must be selected in advance.

In a “king of the hill” format the top franchise in 2016, based on earned LPP, will be the host. The runner-up gets to travel and challenge the Top Dog team on their turf. That sounds intimidating eh?

At the same time any club anywhere in the world will be able to put up the challenge course and submit scores in the competition. For this one event we will require a YouTube link (to a recording which might wind up on the program). The YouTube data is optional in routine league play.

League franchise clubs established in 2015 will be grandfathered.

Jumping in to the League

The October workbook for the final game of the summer series can be downloaded HERE.

If you have interested in jumping into League Play, you barely have time to play on the second course of the summer league. The workbook can be downloaded here: September League.

While it is too late to compete in the first course of the summer series, you are invited to run that course and record your scores with all previous competitors. The August workbook can be downloaded here: August League

The score-keeping workbook for the out-of-league course can be downloaded here: Pick-up Game

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

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Ya don’t get lard less’n you boil a hog

April 26, 2015

Much of our adventure with the National Dog Agility League was spurred along by the filming of a dog agility reality show “sizzle reel” by Bishop Lyons Entertainment. It’s really kind of a cool concept. We envision a program that features a Top Dog team with some spiffy agility dogs and handlers who compete on a course that anyone in the world can put up and try their own dogs (and compete against that team on TV).

The sizzle reel is done. This week I have a Skype conference scheduled with Bishop Lyons in which we will discuss the marketing of the Top Dog program. The “sizzle reel” is nothing more than a marketing advertisement, intended to entice a network to buy and publish the program. Cross your fingers, eh?

The agility world would love a program that features our favorite sport. Whether this will be an interesting and compelling (and profitable?) program for a network is an unanswered question.

In the meantime we are building the league. We are at an awkward moment in which the founding Franchises are coming into being; and we are defining the scope and purpose of the agility league. We’re at the sock hop, the band is playing, but everyone is sitting in their plastic chairs around the ball-room waiting for somebody to start the dance.

The Plan

Within the week I will publish a three month schedule for league competition. I intend to establish the pro forma methodology for writing league rules and guidelines. And we will establish methods for recognizing agility championships in a recreational competition.

Stay tuned …

Jim Basic once told me, agility is just dogs jumping, and playing in the grass. What an interesting illusion!

Film Geekology

The Alamo was released in 1960. John Wayne played Col Crocket and had that famous line “Ya don’t get lard less’n you boil a hog”.

1960 was a great year for movies. Hitchcock’s Psycho is probably the best known release. But there was also The Magnificent Seven (which had like Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen); Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy, of course); the original Ocean’s Eleven (the Rat Pack, with Sinatra as Danny Ocean). There was also Sparticus (Kirk Douglas) and The Time Machine (Rod Taylor) which were my favorites of the year… but I was 7 years old, after all.

Purists will criticize me for leaving off the list Butterfield 8 and The House of Usher. So there ya go [Liz Taylor and Vincent Price.]

I’m watching the Alamo on the TV as I write this. It almost hurts to know how it ends.

Quoth

“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short” –Henry David Thoreau

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

Getting Real

February 10, 2015

On February 7th and 8th 2015 a relatively small field of agility enthusiasts gathered to create the beginnings of a “reality show” for television based on the sport of dog agility. The basic premise of the show … we will follow the coaching and preparation of the “Top Dog Team” who will compete on a regular basis on courses that are published as a challenge to the entire agility world. This means, for example, that an agility club in Australia, or South Africa, or Pennsylvania can host one or more teams who will run that same course and report their scores for the express purpose of competing against the team on the Top Dog show.

It’s really an interesting concept, if you think about it. We can use social networking tools and modern technologies to bring the world together to play our favorite game and roll all of the scores up into a single event record.

Talent

Our coach and the chief talent for the show will be Nancy Gyes. Nancy attended the competition with a team of world class players. “World class” is my word choice, thoughtful and accurate, IMHO. Nancy’s team were all very nice people, and delightful to work with over the weekend.

When I was doing my green-screen interview, Lane (the director) asked me what I thought of Nancy. I told her that Nancy is in our world what Quentin Tarantino might be in her world.

Bishop-Lyons Entertainment LLC

The production company was really quite professional and amazing on the Top Dog shoot in Murrieta California. They were focused and diligent and appeared to stay faithful to the original vision of Top Dog. We are so looking forward to the product of their efforts.

The National Dog Agility League (NDAL)

This is a new organization that will serve as the foundation for the “Reality Show.” The express mission of the organization will be to define and develop the activities of competitive agility league play.

At this point in time there is no franchise fee. And frankly the By Laws of the League will be focused on keeping the league recreational and inexpensive. We are faced with gathering talented and enthusiastic people who will assume management of this new organization. Right now you’ll have to get in touch with me. Once we have elected a Board and Director of Communications… I can get the hell out of the way.

The NDAL by no means is intended to replace or compete with any existing agility organization. All of those organizations are intrinsic to our culture and are important in the training and development of the agility community. NDAL is what you’ve been training for!

We are very interested in the model used by the league or affiliation of clubs in Florida. They run a state championship tournament that sounds like a lot of fun. Somebody get in touch!

Noisiest Passenger

Aldous Huxley once wrote that experience isn’t what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.

Seeking Jr. Handlers for Dog Agility Reality “Sizzle”

January 24, 2015

I know this is really very short notice… we’re looking for junior handlers (kids) for the filming of a “sizzle” reel for a reality show based on dog agility.  If we put the focus on the preparation and training and competition of youngsters it will be a very very interesting program.

To this end we extend this invitation to participate in the agility competition on which the reality show sizzle reel will be based! We’re looking for young dog agility enthisiasts! Mature players will be welcomed. The competition is in Murietta, Califhnia on February 7th, 2015. First dog on the line at 9:30 a.m.  [I did say it was very short notice. Right?]

We’ve scheduled an agility competition for February 7, 2015 in Murietta, California.

  • Apex Dog Agility
    41674 Corning Place
    Murrieta, CA 92562
  • Out-of-doors, rain or shine

Download the dog registration form here:
http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRegistration.pdf

RSVP to Houston.bud@gmail.com. I’ll reply straight away!

You can download the working rules and regulations here:
http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRules3.5.pdf

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.

Building a Semi-Pro Agility League

January 14, 2015

For the express purpose of creating a foundation for competition for a dog agility based reality TV program, I propose that we build a semi-pro agility league. And I am working to accomplish that goal.

We’ve scheduled an agility competition for February 7, 2015 in Murietta, California.

  • Apex Dog Agility
    41674 Corning Place
    Murrieta, CA 92562
  • Out-of-doors, rain or shine

This is a team event (3 dogs & handlers) competing for top honors running three courses.

We’re faced now with the task of creating this semi-pro agility league. In order to be a member of that league the host club needs a venue, which should be a field or floor with adequate floor space.

Clubs joining the league now will be founding members of the league. All league matters will ultimately be the province of a Board of Governors elected from each of the league clubs. They will have oversight in designing the structure of competition, the length of a season, and every other detail for the conduct of the league.

Right now it doesn’t really matter if the league is only three or four clubs. It will grow over time.

For the premier event in Murietta the entry fee is $20. Entry is limited to dogs that are registered with Top Dog Agility Players. For this first competition we will waive the $10 dog registration fee. To make your entry simple:

  1. Download the dog registration form here:
    http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRegistration.pdf
  2. Send your $20 entry fee, and the completed form to Top Dog Agility, 14543 State Route 676, Waterford, OH 45786.
  3. On a separate piece of paper indicate what other handlers and dogs will make up your team (3 dogs and 3 handlers); or indicate if you’d like to be on a draw team.

You can download the working rules and regulations here:
http://www.dogagility.org/documents/FilesForms/TopDogRules3.5.pdf

Please note: A club does not have to send a team to Murietta to become a founding member of this league. Most of league competition will be conducted at the host club’s private venue. The club simply has to get a judge approved for the conduct of competition within the league; and that judge can and should be a member of that club.

The only expense for participating in weekly league competition will be a very nominal/inexpensive $1.00 / run.

Semi-Pro?

Before the league becomes the property of some network publisher we must establish that something on the order of half of recording fee income goes to league competition awards.

Reality Show Concept

The vision that I have is like a training center/agility dog gym sit-drama. The show will largely focus on a single team that competes in an ongoing agility league, and principally the coach of that team. The coach’s job is to put together the “A” team for their competition against the world; but of course there’ll be a larger pool of handlers vying with their dogs for a spot on that team. “Against the World” means that any club/group/host in the world can put up the course that will be on the program and compare their scores against the team featured on the program. We’re going to publish these courses for public consumption; and we’ll record their results.

The “situation” in this sit-drama is the very human and compelling drama of the pressures of competition and how we strive for perfections/excellence, or at the very least, not to look the fool. And with any artistry at all we can capture the personality, devotion and working attitude of some of the great agility dogs of our day.

The way I would like see it there will be this bigger league spread around the country (and possibly around the world) that competes in a weekly competition. And then, once a month the Top Dog team would go out into the world to have a head-to-head competition with them on their own field.

Back to Reality

Frankly we’re relying on Bishop-Lyons Entertainment LLC to use their expertise to direct the focus of the show. It’s possible that my vision won’t be anywhere near the finished product. And, of course, they have to find a network broadcaster interested in the concept.

Top Dog (the name ultimately won’t pass the TM test) is an important asset for whoever adopts the program idea. There’s a real possibility that the program could bring in something on the order of $30K every month in recording fees from around the world. In order for that to happen, however, we need to have the underlying league that is the foundation of the ongoing competition.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.

Top Dog 2015

December 30, 2014

We have contracted with Bishop-Lyons Entertainment LLC to shoot a “sizzle” segment to promote a dog agility reality program. Bishop-Lyons will endeavor to sell the program concept in the mass media marketplace.

Concept

The program focuses on the Top Dog team. The captains of the Top Dog team work with their club in the training and development of a competitive squad. A dozen or more dogs and their handlers will vie for a spot on the team. The captains of the team may, or may not, have dogs on the team in competition.

On a weekly basis the featured team competes in the ongoing Top Dog league. And once monthly that team will go into the world to challenge the high scoring league team on their home field.

The television program is uniquely tied to a broader social network. Clubs around the country, and around the world, can field league teams which compete on the same weekly courses as the Top Dog team and compete against them. And all of them will be eligible for a top spot on the program.

Preliminaries

We have identified a venue in Murietta California (near Temecula) for a Top Dog competition which will be used to shoot the sizzle segment.

The competition will be three rounds in a team format. We’re hoping for a lot of local interest to come out and play. Likely we will have to limit entry. At this competition we’ll introduce the Top Dog team.

At the same time, the course will be published as a challenge so that anyone in the world who wants to play these games and field a team in the Top Dog league can do so. All teams that compete on this premier weekend will become founding members of the world’s first semi-pro agility league.

Did I Say Semi-Pro?

Top Dog Agility will create a fund from recording fees to pay out to top performing teams in the league. This idea has some real possibilities. Dog agility is played around the world. We’ll welcome everyone to join the league.

At the same time, we will identify a robust curriculum of titles and meritorious awards for the earnest recreational player. This isn’t going to be about the top players in our sport only.

Consequences

Top Dog Agility will ultimately be the property of any network that buys the production of the reality show. Consequently I’ll be purging and allowing to go dormant existing blogs and Facebook accounts related to Top Dog Agility Players. These will likely get a new start, under the direction of our partners at Bishop-Lyons.

I will publish information about the upcoming competition in Murietta California; how to register dogs and teams, and so forth, on this blog. Email me off-line if you need help getting started with us.

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Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.