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Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #7 Warm Up and Cool Down

Agility Trial Success Tip #7: Proper warm ups for dog and handler are often what makes the difference between success and faults in any agility run. However often this part of agility gets ignored.  Knowing that an athlete will stay warmed up for about 30 [...]

2020-01-11T19:28:57-04:00September 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #6 Be organized on trial day

Agility Trial Success Tip #6: Nerves happen when things are out of your control. Running orders, gate sheets, switches in running order. Being prepared, organized and up to date with all the trial information is important. Take a picture of your entry forms so you [...]

2020-01-11T19:30:23-04:00September 17th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #5 Become your own Coach

Agility Trial Success Tip #5: Become your own coach when none other is available to you. Head to the trial with your coaches advice and your own planning to create a consistent event routine at the event. These lists include hints, pre and post run [...]

2020-01-11T19:30:45-04:00September 16th, 2016|3 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #4 Kennel for Comfort and Safety

Agility Trial Success Tip #4: Kennel for comfort and safety. Set your dog up for success by focusing on the location you choose to crate your dog. Event stress can be minimized by choosing a crating area that presents the best possible environment for yourself, [...]

2020-01-11T19:31:20-04:00September 15th, 2016|4 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #3 Fuel Your Body

Agility Trial Success Tip #3: Fuel Your Body Plan meals to fuel your body. When you plan ahead you won’t be tempted to eat convenience food being served at the trial. I choose to drink a juice for breakfast, a smoothie at lunch and a [...]

2018-04-11T17:20:03-04:00September 14th, 2016|15 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #2 Packing Lists

Agility Trial Success Tip #2: Packing lists… have them! I have several lists depending upon the trial I am heading to. We can create a master list here. In the comments below share your agility trial packing list. “Before anything else, preparation is the key [...]

2018-04-11T17:21:59-04:00September 14th, 2016|9 Comments

Be Your BEST in Agility: 10 Tips to Get You THERE!

Swagger and I are preparing for our upcoming trip to FCI World  Championships in Zaragoza, Spain representing Subaru Agility Team Canada. In my preparations this week, I gave my "agility trial checklist" a once over to see if there were any needed "tweaks". As I was [...]

2020-01-11T19:32:54-04:00September 14th, 2016|14 Comments

My Embarrassing Secret… I May Be A Jinx!

Ok, I had a big realization today. I have always liked to believe my values, opinions and insights are pretty much aligned with other dog lovers. Today I realized I might actually be marching to the beat of a different drummer… as a matter of [...]

2018-04-13T12:03:02-04:00January 26th, 2016|25 Comments

Defining Moments: How Decisions In Life Guide Our Dog Training Path

Everyone has “their story.”  Think about your life. Our stories are a collection of defining moments one stacked on the next that have created the life we now enjoy. Who we married or didn't marry, what adventurous trip we decided to take or not take. A [...]

2020-01-11T19:46:56-04:00January 4th, 2016|33 Comments

Leash Aggression in Dogs: Are We Trying To Put Out A Fire With Gasoline?

I spent six days last week working from a beach house in Los Angeles, California. Hermosa Beach to be exact. It was an unbelievable week for many reasons. A big part of it was the people who were there with me. I have belonged to a small mastermind [...]

2020-09-16T11:25:55-04:00November 16th, 2015|359 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

Focusing On The Future…Ringing In 2015 In Fitness STYLE For Our Dogs!

In my last blog post, I showed a treadmill routine I put together building on some cool ideas I got from Robert Porter at our Canine Fitness and Body Awareness Symposium. Since then we have gotten two main questions... First... what if I missed the [...]

2018-02-27T01:29:22-04:00December 28th, 2014|57 Comments