|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 8:14am PST |
|I've had a couple really ugly performances at OB/rally trials (though, I've never NQd at one...). Our last few performances were riddled with mistakes, and Cohen's motivation was so poor it really shook me up. We've taken a while off from competition, and probably won't start up again until I take a few classes with a new instructor in my area. I'm not interested in just eeking by during a performance - I want us to be enjoying ourselves and get some decent scores to boot.
One thing that's really helped our agility performances has been to trial A LOT. I'm still too new to OB style sports to have gotten to many trials thus far, but I could foresee it helping. You need to desensitize yourself to the trial atmosphere, and you need Mulder to get more comfortable with it too. You should also enter into a trial with a realistic expectation, like a nice sharp finish after a recall instead of wanting to come away from it with a Q. It will take some of the pressure off of you, and in turn you'll be able to take some off of your dog. Get out there, sign up for correction matches, trial FEO, etc. All the while work on making it fun for Mulder. Play between exercises (or during!) and know when it might be best to excuse yourself from the ring if you or Mulder aren't enjoying it.
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