Mental Prep

Recovering From Loss: What Are You Focused On?

Tragedy can be permanently scaring to those it touches. Disoriented, confused, mixed with feelings of anguish and guilt makes it difficult to know how to move forward. Last night many people from my local agility community gathered here at Say Yes to celebrate the life [...]

2018-04-13T12:51:12-04:00December 19th, 2015|16 Comments

I Just Knew There Had To Be A “Silver Lining!”

Last weekend was the 2015 European Open. In March I was named to the Canadian team with my two dogs Feature and Swagger. It should have been an event I was really looking forward to, however, I was heading into it with mixed emotions. Several times in the past [...]

2020-01-11T19:54:38-04:00July 27th, 2015|57 Comments

15 Minutes with a New York Best Selling Author

Last Friday was a very special day for me. I had New York Times best selling author Michael Hyatt “in da house.” You see, Michael and I have a common friend who told Michael about the setup we use to do our coaching calls each [...]

2020-01-11T20:22:34-04:00January 7th, 2015|23 Comments

Setting Goals is Easy…Accomplishing Them?

Anyone who trains their dog or competes in sports should be setting goals. Goals focused on everyday training sessions as well as goals around the competitions. It makes no difference if your dream is to watch your dog having the most fun possible or if it [...]

2017-12-21T16:10:27-04:00December 31st, 2014|20 Comments

Fit, Focused and Having Fun AWAY From Organized Dog Sports

Earlier in the month we hosted the Canine Fitness and Body Awareness Symposium here at Say Yes Dog Training. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Three days PACKED with amazing insight and research from Dr. Leslie Woodcock, Robby Porter and myself. The [...]

2020-01-11T20:24:49-04:00December 21st, 2014|30 Comments

The Chicken and the Egg Debate in Dog Agility

You know that ageless debate…which came first the chicken to lay the egg or the egg that grew to be a chicken? Well I see a similar one in dog agility. Yesterday, I released the first video in my latest free online training  series “Transforming [...]

2014-11-21T21:57:43-04:00November 21st, 2014|6 Comments

Can Technical Agility Handling Still Be “Fun Agility” Handling?

Every so often on Facebook I see threads where one person posts an agility course they just ran and cries how “unfair” courses are getting today. The thread often goes on to question the sanity of the judge who designed the course, before deciding that [...]

2018-02-28T22:14:08-04:00November 19th, 2014|22 Comments

Learning With a Dash of Lunacy…or Perhaps More Than A Dash

Once or twice a month we hold live online coaching sessions for our students. My “Inner Circle” is a group of students I help with their dog training throughout the year so they get one of these sessions each month. Most of my other online [...]

2014-11-18T10:07:54-04:00November 18th, 2014|69 Comments

How Are On Line Classes Like An iPhone?

By now you may have heard registrations are now open for my latest online handling classes "Handling360."  This is different than any other project I have ever presented before. The four main handling classes I normally only make available here at Say Yes are now [...]

2014-07-19T13:02:00-04:00February 11th, 2014|20 Comments

Protecting What is Important to Your Dog Agility Career

There are many attributes that separates the "greats" from the "frustrated" in the sport of dog agility. Sure there is the dog, the training opportunities, the overall mental game of the handler or the athleticism of both parts of the team. But one thing that [...]

2017-03-24T14:44:57-04:00July 26th, 2012|20 Comments

Attitude: It Can Be An Injection Of Pure Adrenaline or a Highly Contagious Virus

This blog is a little slow to be published. When I saw the topic that we were all writing on for dog agility blog action day, I was keen to contribute but then the attitude of my students prevented me from taking action as I [...]

2018-03-13T05:16:48-04:00June 6th, 2012|49 Comments