“I work so hard, we’re successful in training, but in competition, you’d swear he’s never seen equipment before…”
If you have a performance dog, you’ve probably spent a LOT of money on it: buying it, vet fees, training classes, training DAYS will all the best trainers, trouble shooting sessions with experienced trainers, entry fees, camping fees, competition entries…
Some of you are still not seeing the success you want, your goals seem as far away as ever.
You get more and more nervous and stressed about competing, your trainers work you harder to ‘get it right’, you spend more and more money on training days and… the problems get WORSE instead of better.
If this is you, don’t give up. Let me say that again, don’t give up. This is not the time to quit.
This is the time to ADDRESS and FACE DOWN the nerves and fears that have perhaps even been there from the start and that your perceived lack of success to date is making worse. It’s time your dog had the same handler in competition as they do in training- instead of that nervous wreck they’ve become used to seeing!
Let me be blunt for a second: if you know that you are anxious and unhelpfully nervous at competitions, then your dog knows. So do your dog a favour and do something about it. TODAY.
For example, if that critical voice in your ear is telling you failure is inevitable, you have a choice. Listen to it, or don’t. The future hasn’t happened, so why prove it right? What if that critical voice is wrong? What could happen THEN??
If you’re ready to change, sign up for your first webchat consultation with me and let’s do training on an area that will help you and your dog enjoy agility more and get you moving towards the successes you want.
Do it now- I look forward to working with you!