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Old 08-30-2010, 02:31 PM   #1
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Just read agilityK9 trainers advice to Draco. I learned something at the Agility trial I went to last weekend which this applied to. Remmy has always won at leat one Q at every trial I have been at except the one a few weeks ago.

This weekend I did not go to the trial with the idea he had to win a Q. He competed the best he has ever done. He was completely focused on me, followed my direction (even though he decided now that he is going faster that he has to jump the yellow on the end of the dog walk, something I will have to work on). He did Q on Sunday in the Advanced Gamblers and it was the Best Q he has had, but even if he hadn't it would have been a great run.

We will have to see if it carries over to my next two trials. He has his three Q's in Advanced Gamblers so has to move up to Masters Gamblers next weekend.

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Kyllo,

Get some stuff that Lanny Basham might be Bassham) has written on agility and mental management. It will change your game. Agility is a huge mental sport - like golf - but people aren't aware of it. Keep up the good work.
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Oh yes, its 90% mental for me. I don't get much sleep before a trial and get myself all spun up. I have to chew gum before and during the run to keep my nerves in check (or so my dogs don't smell fear?). I've only been doning this for a little over 3 years and I still get stage fright.

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Aussies,

You need Lanny Basham's stuff too. I personally love nerves and have learned to use them to my advantage. If I'm NOT nervous, I try to make myself nervous. I run "flat" without nerves but use the nerves to run "on edge."

I've heard peppermint hard candies are great for pre-ring nerves. Same concept as gum. When my nerves have gone overboard (MACH runs/National runs), I've been known to pop a peppermint.
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I get really excited before things like this... I love to perform! So for me it's learning to harness that and focus it. Ash sparks off of that, my trouble is that I have made him a little too excited before a Rally trial before (and wore him out!) So I have to be careful.

I learned something tonight in our Competitive Obedience class in regards to demeanor. I hadn't noticed how much I was 'WATCHING' Parker beside me until we did a breakdown exercise. I redid it again 'TRUSTING' he'd be there and was shocked at what a difference that made. The realization struck me as I thought about how I handle Ash verses Parker--seems like my shoulder is pushing Parker out as I look over at him. I don't do that with Ash as Agility training with him has taught me to reserve the shoulder for other signals. Lessons like these can cross disciplines!
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