It doesn’t happen by accident that a dog has awesome fast, accurate and reliable contacts.
It doesn’t happen in 5 minutes of training.
Getting them to know- and understand- their job, then transitioning to being able to DO their job takes time, effort and consistency.
Generalizing the behaviour takes practice and experience.
Then training them to be their absolute BEST at contacts takes further work…
Training your brain so you can give your best in competition is no different.
You don’t accidentally have a perfect competitive mindset, bomb-proof in any situation.
It doesn’t happen with 5 minutes of training, once, never to be practiced and repeated.
And excellence takes more TIME, EFFORT and CONSISTENCY than merely learning the nuts and bolts of what you ‘should’ do.
You wouldn’t go to a training weekend, teach your dog basics of contacts and think that was the end of the story. Worse yet, you wouldn’t go and WATCH a seminar and think you and your dog now were ready to compete at your best, without actually putting in the work yourself!! Psychological training is the same. Yes there are things you will need to learn, but more than that, you’re going to have to do the work.
And that’s good news, because it means that YOU can improve!!
So if your mental style in competition is like the doubtful pooch above…
Don’t feel bad that you need help with this side of your agility– that just means you’re NORMAL!
You wouldn’t hesitate to get training on technical details, and this is truly no different. YOU can learn how to do your best in competition and you will with T.E.C.- Time, Effort and Consistency!
Have a great day and COMMENT BELOW to let me know how I can help you!
Here’s some of the anonymised* feedback from the recent 7 Deadly Sins course:
“There are so many things this course has helped me with that it is hard to pinpoint just one. One of the biggest lessons I learned is that I can change my mindset and that will carry over into other aspects of my life outside of agility.”
100% would recommend it to a friend (some of you already have!)
100% rated it very or extremely worthwhile.
“The course helped me to take the steps towards what I wanted after delaying for so long. Every day I have woken up feeling energised and far more positive, wanting to get on with things rather than trying to put them off. A big change.”
Next up is Goal-Setting for Success and it launches March 1st- only 2 places remaining so register NOW!
*I ask for feedback anonymously because I want to hear if someone has anything negative to report. By not requiring their name, I believe it allows people to speak more honestly and feel less obligated to say nice things if they don’t mean them! I’m looking for honest feedback, not flattery! 🙂 So, I’m sorry you don’t have their names or countries this time, but if you check out the Testimonials page, you’ll find a few more there.