Video: Instantly Improve Your Competition Performance

Here’s your training video! Watch it now then come on over to Facebook and let me know what YOU are going to do to apply it TODAY to improve your competition performance!




Just click the link above, watch and take notes! What do you need to change as a result of watching this video? How do you think this will help you and your dog in competition? I’ll be over on Facebook and looking forward to chatting with you about this!

To your success!




 Dr. Kathrine McAleese is the go-to dog sports psychotherapist and a performance coach, speaker, writer and cheerleader of excellence! Her unique talent is helping dog handlers take simple, useable mindset principles to build their confidence and focus so they can compete as well as they train. Serving dog owners worldwide, Kathrine’s seminars, workshops and hugely successful online courses help average and elite competitors alike to get results they can be proud of.

I’m on a mission, won’t you join me?

me with Quill

I am on a mission. I have the audacity to think that it is possible and I want to invite you to join me.

The problem

Many of you have told me how you’ve been talked down to, put off, slated and sometimes even abused at shows. And many of you have been driven by others’ attitudes to where you wonder whether you should continue training or competing.

‘Is it worth being made to feel like a crap handler every week?’

‘The negativity round the rings is crazy- we’re supposed to be having fun’

‘This is what I do to let off steam from work, but it’s intimidating having that group hovering round the rings waiting for us to go wrong…’




There are so many amazing people who compete with their dogs, and I get the privilege to work and chat with many of you. And I actually believe that together, we can change the atmosphere around the rings. It seems that the atmosphere around the rings at competitions has been allowed on occasions to get negative and it seems that there is a belief *amongst some* that in order to do well, they need to tear others down. Some get so obsessed with how well their dog is running round a field and jumping over sticks that they lose their better self and take it out on others – or even their dogs- when things go wrong.


Some of the most successful people I know in multiple sports, including at world champion level, are the nicest people you could meet. Absolutely they want to win, but not at the expense of sacrificing their character. They are able to enjoy others’ brilliance and use it to inspire them, rather than feeling the need to tear it down. TOGETHER we can promote that atmosphere in our dog sports.

And before any of you tell me ‘it’s just humans and it happens everywhere’, yes, kind of, you’re right. But I have noticed a particular theme arising and it doesn’t have to be that way. Part of it is people ‘catching’ the behaviours that have been allowed to go on and not aiming higher because they don’t know any better, but sometimes we just aren’t nice to each other. Just because something is common does not make it right, nor preferable. And I have the nerve to believe that since so many people are unhappy with inconsiderate people, with being treated poorly or with handlers berating their dogs for their mistakes, well then we have a movement in the making. A group of people who believe that we can do better, and that actually, it will benefit everyone- not least our dogs.

A rising tide lifts all boats

I actually think that as we build a more positive and healthy environment around the rings, we will see increased excellence within it. I also think that as we promote what is best in humans – as well as dogs! – we will in turn impact those who don’t compete, but who we may come across during the rest of the week.

I realise that for some of you, this is WAY out there in left-field. Some of you will think I’ve lost the plot, but some of you will catch a glimpse of the dream.

…Some of you have already experienced how fun it can be when people are rooting FOR each other and embracing competition as a way to improve themselves…

…some of you already know what it’s like to have a great trainer who pushes you but also inspires you…

…some of you have already freed yourself from toxic environments and are seeing how much happier your dogs are, now you’re not stressed to the hilt…

This is possible, and I have the audacity to believe – to KNOW – with every fibre of my being, that we can make dog sports highly competitive, but also an amazing environment where competitors can be celebrated and supported, and where those who want to tear others down find themselves challenged to behave better or move on.


If you want to be part of this, it can be as simple as being intentional and giving a genuine compliment to someone at a show- maybe someone you’ve never spoken to before, whether a complete novice or a ‘big name’. If you need help, get daily motivation and encouragement on Facebook or check out an online class.

For dogs’ sake, let’s make our sports the awesome, positive environments they could be, because make no mistake, they are hurt by the negativity too.

This week, I challenge all of us to bring our best self to training and competition and to rise above behaviours that should’ve been left in the school yard!

Comment below and let me know what you think- are you up for joining me on this??

Attitude is everything!

When you get a group of people together to compete who are peers in terms of their technical skills, what will ultimately make the difference is who can hold it together mentally, to execute those skills best when the pressure is on.


Once all the technical training has been done, what will ultimately make the difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t is ATTITUDE.

That goes for when they’re training, struggling with plateaus and seemingly insurmountable problems, or when they’re stepping up to compete against [insert big name here]. Keeping a cool head to get their timing right and shave off every potential wasted moment, THAT is what makes and breaks great teams.

Aim High

As the adage goes, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough!

Look at the photo above and the placement of the house. The person who dreamt that up aimed high- literally and metaphorically! It is in an insanely precarious location, was probably a nightmare to build and yet, won’t it be the most incredible place with stunning views??!

Your dream may seem crazy too, and maybe other people will think that you have finally gone mad. Hey, maybe YOU will even think you’ve gone mad!


…WHAT IF you can make it happen?…

…WHAT IF your dream is actually that braver part of yourself calling you to aim higher than you’ve been told to, or dared to before now?…

…WHAT IF you were actually made to achieve this?…

Instead of worrying so much about how awful it might feel to fail, start planning how you’re going to succeed. 

That shift in attitude may be the biggest step you actually need to make to allow your dreams to come true.

Newsflash: Ignore this myth!

There is a prevailing myth that some people have just ‘got it’ and are mentally strong, and some people aren’t. I beg to differ. Yes there are different levels of inherent resilience and certainly there are different personalities that may support someone in being mentally focused easier than others, but I do not accept that there is an unchangeable binary distinction between those who ‘can’ and those who ‘can’t’ when the pressure’s on.

Just as you can learn the TECHNICAL skills you need, so too you can learn the MENTAL skills you need.

We ALL have strengths and we ALL have places we could tweak our technical and mental game- this is why the best sportspeople in the world keep their mental coaches close at hand! We’re HUMAN. We can all use a little help to get focused where we need to be at different points.

Even if you have a current record of consistently turning to mush when the pressure is on, YOU CAN CHANGE THAT. It will take work, but it will also be worth it.

The difference is attitude:

* Are you fed up of how things are and want to try something new?

* Are you ready to tell your fear and pride gremlins to back off so you can achieve what you want to?

* Would you like to find out what you’re REALLY capable of?

I hope so, because I truly believe you’re worth it.

Let me know what this article made you think about- come on over to Facebook and share your thoughts, I’d love to talk with you!

To your success!


me with Quill

Help your dog achieve their potential!

Dawson Bee Your dog is great and they have tons of potential. You know this. You also know that if you were able to hold it together in competition, they’d achieve so much more. You know that your dog reaching their potential depends in part on you as their team-mate.

And if nerves are getting in the way of you doing your best, they’re getting in your dog’s way too. Many people explain that this is why they want to work with me in the first place. They KNOW their dog is capable of more and they want to achieve it. They also know that they are human and need help tweaking their mental game so they can be the handler their dog deserves, and become who they want to be in the process.

Maybe that sounds familiar to you too? If so, GREAT! This is a fantastic place for you to start.


Earlier this week I asked survey participants ‘what causes you to get more nervous at a show?’ I listed a lot of quirky halloween themed names for common issues I see when I’m working with handlers worldwide. Nick Cardillo

A whopping 45% of respondents said that ‘Energy-sucking Vampires’ (a.k.a. other people’s attitudes) added to their nervousness. WOW! That surprised even me!

So because that’s such  big issue for so many people, that is exactly what this upcoming LIVE COACHING CALL is going to cover.

In this LIVE TRAINING you will learn:

*How to deal with those people who are negative towards you

* Overcoming unhelpful comments designed to put you down

*Dealing with comparison– with a special focus on when it’s litter sibling rivalry

*How to handle others’ negativity about themselves

*Handling distractions when you’re queuing in line

*What to do when others are jealous of you

*Filtering out the whiners, complainers and negative Nellies that want you to join them under their black cloud

*How to focus when all around you is chaos!

*And much more!

What you will get when you register for this training:

*1.5 hour training

*Live question and answer session

*RECORDING of the entire training, delivered straight to your member’s area for you to keep



*Your Exclusive Downloadable Training Guide, to use before, during and after our call, with room for lots of notes, plus bonus questions to boost your learning (will be posted in advance).


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PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT have to be on the live call to receive the recording. Everyone who registers for the live call will automatically receive the recording once it is  ready. I know many of you are in vastly different time zones, so you can submit questions on this topic in advance and I will do my best to answer them as time permits on the call.

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See you then,


PS Thanks to all my awesome clients who submitted their dog’s halloween outfit photos for me to use. I couldn’t use them all, but here are just a few of my favourites. Thanks to ALL of you who took part! x


Better Days Ahead playlist

Hi everyone! Here is the ‘Better Days Ahead’ playlist that you all compiled recently. There are not only a LOT of songs on here but HUGE variety in genres, so hopefully there is something to lift the spirits of everyone who reads it.


Better Days Ahead Playlist

Ca Plane Pour Moi- Plastic Bertrand

Happy- Pharrell Williams

I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas

Next to Me- Emeli Sande

Try- Pink

Counting Stars- One Republic

The Climb- Miley Cyrus

Hold on Tight- ELO

Let It Go- from Frozen

Walking on Sunshine- Katrina and the Waves

What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)- Kelly Clarkson

I Can Go the Distance- from Disney’s Hercules

Defying Gravity- Idina Menzel

I Wish I Were A Real Alaskan Girl- Marian Call

Whistle While You Wait- Marian Call

Vera Flew The Coop- Marian Call

Hands- Jewel

Down So Long- Jewel

Hey Jude- The Beatles

Let it Be- The Beatles

Hero- Mariah Carey

Make it Happen- Mariah Carey

Die Another Day- Madonna

Superstar- Madonna

Who Will Save Your Soul- Jewel

Nothing Fails- Madonna

Ladies and Gentlemen- Saliva

Learn to Fly- Foo Fighters

Hanging by a Moment- Lifehouse

The Middle- Jimmy Eat World

Always Look On the Bright Side of Life- John du Prez and Eric Idle

Corner of the Sky- Stephen Schwartz

Baby I’m a Star- Prince

Beginnings- Chicago

The Best of Times- Styx

Don’t Stop- Fleetwood Mac

Get Over It- The Eagles

Still the One- Orleans

I Believe I Can Fly- R. Kelly

Shattered Glass-Brad Paisley

One In a Million- Down With Webster

Love Runs Out- One Republic

Good Day- Greg Street presents Nappy Roots

I Can See Clearly Now

Best Day of My Life- Nathan Walker

Can’t Hold Us- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

This is Our Moment- Kenny Chesney

Afterlife- Ingrid Michaelson

Live like a Warrior- Matisyahu

Champion- Matisyahu

Wind Beneath My Wings- Bette Midler

Dream Big- Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband

Got a Feeling- Tim Hicks

Brave- Sara Bareillies

Beautiful Day- U2

Absolutely Everybody- Vanessa Amorosi

Someone’s Watching Over Me- Hilary Duff

Winners- George Duke & Stanley Clarke

Roar- Katy Perry

Life is Beautiful- Sixx AM

On Top of The World- Imagine Dragons

Today is Your Day- Shania Twain

Up- Shania Twain

Follow Your Arrow- Kacey Musgraves

Once- Shane Filan

To Be The Best- Tenancious D

Ride Like The Wind- Christopher Cross

Limitless- Colton Dixon

Better Life- Keith Urban

Please access and listen to songs legally and allow that some may contain explicit lyrics, so due diligence may be required. Hopefully not, but you never know, especially with different versions of songs, so use your own intellect and discretion! Happy listening, and here’s to Better Days Ahead!


Mind to Win in Cornwall, England

Are you in the vicinity of Cornwall, England? Here are the details Jackie has put together for my seminar and Confidence Clinic in Cornwall in Feb 2015. Get in quick, I know she’s already had lots of requests for places, so book your place now! Kathrine   Here’s the details:

MIND TO WIN SEMINAR AND PRACTICAL CONFIDENCE CLINIC 14-15th February 2015 at Pelynt, near Looe PL13 2LX

Dr. Kathrine McAleese of Mind to Win is a qualified systemic psychotherapist. She has lived and trained in USA and works with clients from all over the world. Kathrine uses proven mindset principles in simple, effective and fun ways, so you can increase your confidence, focus and achieve your goals.

This is what Kathrine has to say:

I am so excited to be visiting Capable Canines Dog Training in Cornwall in February 2015. I’ll be offering my foundational seminar which has helped handlers like you to get past their mental obstacles so they can compete with more CONFIDENCE, have more FUN with their dogs and get over their fear of failure… leading to more SUCCESS!! In just our first 2 hours together, you will learn strategies to defeat that negative voice in your head that’s been tearing you down and learn the secrets to not letting other people get to you around the rings! Then, once we’ve done that, we need to put it all into ACTION! So we’re going to head to the agility equipment and put what you’ve learned to work. This is a SUPER fun part of the day as you will find you CAN achieve more than you previously led me to believe!
Mind to Win training days are:
  •   PRACTICAL: I want you to leave knowing HOW to solve your issues and WHAT you can be doing to progress until we meet again.
  •   FUN: expect to laugh, a lot.
  •   INDIVIDUALLY TAILORED: I am there to help YOU, not run through some pre-arranged agenda of my own. So whatever it is we need to work on, that’s my focus.
  •   RELAXED: You will NOT be put on the spot. You will ENJOY yourself!
  •   ADDICTIVE: once you get a taste of being able to make different decisions and even enjoy pressure, don’t be surprised that you don’t want to go back to tearing yourself down every time you go wrong.
  • YOUR STARTER FOR CHANGE: whether you fall apart with nerves, fear failure or get put off by what others are thinking or saying about you, change can start for you at a Mind to Win training day. No-one can change your mindset but you, so I dare you to take this rare opportunity to work with me in person on what you need to change.

This weekend is mainly aimed at Agility Competitors. However, the seminar would also be invaluable to people starting out in Agility or other dog sports. NB: There are no spectator spaces at the Confidence Clinic.

Morning Seminar only: £35.00 including hot drinks. Full day: £75.00 including lunch Please contact: Jackie Lawer, Tel: 07720 859356 or 

Start Line Confidence Online Class 9.14

She's the cutest wee dog- it was all I could do not to bring her on 'holiday' to N. Ireland! ;)

There’s no better feeling than stepping up to compete and knowing that you’re ready to give your best. That feeling of being alive, connected with your canine team-mate, and focused on the performance you’re going to give in the competition ring.

And there is a HUGE buzz to be had from watching yourself develop into that handler, when you once weren’t a vision of calm focus, and perhaps where you’ve been freaking your dog out with your anxious nerves.

I have helped MANY handlers just like you to develop their own Start Line Confidence and this is now your opportunity to join them. Class starts on September 22nd and if you want to develop your own mental prep routine, tailored for YOU. You’ll work alongside handlers from all over the world, in a supportive and FUN environment, and you can work at your own pace.

You even get ONGOING access to your class materials after class ends- no time-limited access on this one!

BUT seats in class are limited, so get your seat before they’re all full!

Sign up here

Here’s some recent feedback from handlers just like you who’ve taken Mind to Win classes:

Since I have started using some of the Mind to Win techniques my working cocker Taya has been a different dog…. so much happier… so much more confident… so much more focused…. both in training and in competition. I have done lots of other workshops but Mind to Win techniques have probably had 10x more impact on our agility than any other workshop. As you can tell I couldn’t recommend it more highly!!

Sally Hayward 

“Thank you for bringing out the best in me!… That amazing feeling of being focused and at one with my dogs is priceless – thank you for helping me achieve my goals with my precious dogs. Can’t thank you enough :) xx”

Gemma Fisher 

“Thank you, a weight I didn’t really realise I’d been carrying has been lifted :)”

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Kathrine has the unique ability to see where each of us is on our separate journeys and to set us in a more positive direction along the way.

Cody Craig

Love how last year’s course is still making a difference to how I face life in general as well as agility.

Brenda Ellen Tenten

If you’re struggling with your agility game then you need to speak to Kathrine at Mind to Win – she’s made all the difference in the world to my life, and not just agility. She’s like your own personal cheerleader, plus she gives you the confidence to cheer for yourself too – what more can I say, she rocks! :)”

Gemma Fisher

To get your seat in class, click HERE


We start on Monday 22nd September- see you there!




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OH MY GOODNESS- we did it! We hit our first 10,000 Facebook ‘Likes’!

THANK YOU to each of you who have liked my page, and for all your post likes, comments and of course for being such a great community for sharing the encouragement you’re getting with others. This is only where we begin- we ARE going to help our dogs by getting on top of our mental game. And we’re doing it together!

I can’t tell you how proud I am of each of you who take a chance in working with me and PERSIST, sometimes fighting mindset gremlins that have bugged you for YEARS. That makes your victories all the sweeter and I LOVE getting to celebrate with you when you overcome a sticking point.


In honour of you and to celebrate our first 10,000 Facebook Likes, please join me, Kathrine McAleese, for  a FREE WEBINAR!

When: Next Thursday, 31st July
Time: 6-7pm BST (that’s 1-2pm ET)
What: Mindset Q&A Get your questions in quick and we’ll gather some of the most common questions to answer live on the call! Post questions on Facebook, Twitter, or even post me a video on Instagram!

How to register:

Sign up HERE, and you’ll receive a request for confirmation. Once you’ve confirmed, you’ll receive the dial-in details about 48 hours before our call. Simple!

This call is completely free, so please be sure to tell your friends about it too!

See you next Thursday and thank you again for letting me help you be your best,

Kathrine McAleese

Mind to Win



She's the cutest wee dog- it was all I could do not to bring her on 'holiday' to N. Ireland! ;)
She’s the cutest wee dog- it was all I could do not to bring her on ‘holiday’ to N. Ireland! 😉


It’s a badly kept secret that you’re actually amazing…

It is a badly-kept secret that you’re actually amazing. I believe that with every ounce of my being. It’s one thing that gets me bouncing out of bed in the morning and psyched to work out how I can help encourage, motivate and serve you better.

But every now and again I meet someone who just seems to enjoy being miserable. You know the one- they moan. A LOT… their well-paid job actually expects them to log time on a computer that doesn’t involve Facebook… they eat crap then moan about their weight… they drink like a fish then complain about their hangover… they never train and yet complain they’ll never be like [handler’s name]… YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE!! I get them sometimes when I’ve put something really affirming and positive and they come back to tell me why it wouldn’t work for them. I feel gutted for those who’ve been fed that lie and if you’ve ever been the one to post something like that, you know that I can’t always resist the urge to contradict what that nasty voice in your head would have you believe!

At some level, even though these people seem happy in their misery as pigs in poop, they’re not exactly the most productive are they? They’re rarely the most successful and they’re definitely not the ones having the most fun!! They’re the ones who’ll tell you a thousand reasons why they’re helpless and hopeless and make out it’s ok. NO, it’s NOT! You were not put on this earth to  be a victim, to be held down and to keep yourself down.

YOU- yes YOU reading this, you’re amazing. You’re precious, unique and loveable, and there is so much more to you than you know. But I’m going to get specific now for you, so here we go for today’s moment of bashing those mindset gremlin lies that have been holding you back. Are you with me?

Let’s get to it!

You’re an adult. You are responsible for your choices.

For example:

If a food was making you sick AS you ate it, you’d eventually click that this food & you are not friends. The same goes for negative & cynical attitudes. They hurt you at the time, they colour how you see the world, and they bring more of what you’re focused on to you.

TAKE THE HINT- quit those attitudes that are making you sick, weak and powerless. Come on, there is SO MUCH more for you than that.

Start fighting for a better attitude, LOOK for what is already good, start there and FIGHT to have a better attitude. YOU ARE WORTH IT.

Here are just some benefits of a positive attitude:

*you’ll be more pleasant to be around- let’s face it, Eeyore was never the life and soul of the party!
*you’ll see more opportunities open to you than you did before

*you’ll get more done

*you’ll be better able to cope with inevitable setbacks along the way

*you’ll actually be better able to achieve more too

*you’ll enjoy life more
*your health will thank you too!

I believe in you. I believe that you can be more than the sum of your current thoughts- particularly if you’ve never been taught how to CHANGE your thoughts and habits! Most people haven’t, you’re not alone, but you have possibility and it is my privilege to serve you and help you surprise even yourself with what you can be and do, with a bit of a work and a positive attitude.

Have a great day!

Kathrine McAleese