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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Are You Moving Fast Enough?

 

I've talked a number of times over the years about the comfort zone, the learning zone, and the panic zone.

The comfort zone is when you are perfectly comfortable, you don't make mistakes and it feels easy and in control.

The learning zone is the next level where you feel pushed, a bit out of your...

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European Open Challenges

 

We are going to look at one of the sequences from the European Open 2015.

This course had some challenges very typical of European courses. This is a nice small little sequence that most of you should be able to set up and is quite fun. I've taken the sequence (first drill) and then nested some...

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