agility tips

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #10 Celebrate the end of every run!

Agility Trial Success Tip #10: Celebrate the end of every run! Our canines partners know no better than what we have taught them. They join us in this sport and they live in the moment. Celebrate the small successes of your journey together, doing so [...]

2020-01-11T19:26:56-04:00September 21st, 2016|5 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #9 Take time out

Agility Trial Success Tip #9: Step out of the trial environment for a mental break throughout the day. Research shows how mental breaks in athletics increases and replenishes attention span, encourages focus and stronger solid outcomes. We all love to watch and support our friends [...]

2020-01-11T19:27:34-04:00September 20th, 2016|2 Comments

Be Your Best in Agility: Tip #8 Have a pre-run routine

Agility Trial Success Tip #8: Having a pre-run routine that you and your dog do before every run that contributes to the confidence the two of you have when you step to the line. Confidence and purpose achieve goals. “Have faith in your abilities! Without [...]

2020-01-11T19:28:03-04:00September 19th, 2016|8 Comments

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 #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