Fix This To Improve Your 'Q' Rate

 

Why is it that even world class teams make mistakes?

They've got the skills. Their dogs are well-trained. Yet they still make silly little errors.

And it's often the same reason you make mistakes.

Handlers *assume* the dog is going to do what the handler asks.

"But wait!" you say. "I train so I...

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Don't Let Expectations Steal Your Agility Joy

 

In the beginning...

Remember the first time your agility dog went through a tunnel all by himself?

Do you remember how excited you were? 

Every discovery, every new skill was a thrilling milestone.

You loved seeing the happiness in your dog's eyes as his skills and confidence grew.

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3 Tips For Better Walk-throughs

 

Part of the fun in agility is analyzing courses, discovering all the options and then deciding on the best way to run the course.

But most people don’t use the walk-through to full advantage.

Here are three quick tips that will help you maximize your walk-throughs!

1. Don't obsess

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How To Improve Your Timing In Dog Agility

 

You don't have to be a great physical athlete to have great timing.

And I've seen two of the best in the world prove it.

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, during the era of Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oiler NHL hockey dynasty, and watched the hockey legend magically appear in the right place...

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One Easy Hack To Stop Your Nerves From Sabotaging You

 

"I think I'm going to be sick."

Have you ever felt so nervous you thought you might throw up?

I have. 

Many times.

I've walked out onto the basketball court at the start of a national university championship wondering if my pre-game meal was going to reappear in front of a frenzied crowd. In...

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Luck Versus Preparation In Dog Agility

 

The Mirage Of The Winner

Every year, talented dog and handler teams win world championships.

But the truth is, out of many talented handlers, it was their weekend. The next weekend, someone else could have just as easily won the crown.

The interesting thing is that in any given year, probably 20 of...

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Use The Power of Visualization In Your Pre-Run Routine

 Have you ever been to a movie with a particularly powerful scene that kept popping into your head for days afterward, either inspiring you or disturbing you?

Or maybe you've had a fight with someone and you kept running the scene over and over in your mind, getting more angry with each passing...

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'Perfect Puppy' Panic

 

 

I often hear people stressing over where their next puppy is going to come from, whether they will make a good choice and then how worried they are about messing the puppy up once it arrives. They desperately want to “do it right” this time. I get it…I’ve been there...

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How to Silence the Inner Critic

 

[Updated 4/25/2018]

You're about to step to the start line with your amazing canine companion, your best buddy, and that voice starts...

"You're going to mess up...you can't do it...you always make mistakes!"

Ugh. The Inner Critic is back, hammering inside your head.

We all have that little voice...

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After The Peak

If you've ever felt a big lull or let-down after a big event, you understand there is an ebb and flow to the competitive life cycle. You've spent so much energy preparing that you can feel very wiped out, emotionally and physically.

Planning your dog's recovery as well as your own from a major event is...

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