Dear stupidity, thank you next! mental skills Jan 15, 2019
Photo by Rich Knecht

I knew the moment I looked at the clock, with those seconds converted to points, Indie qualified for the 2019 AKC Agility Nationals! I was ecstatic and near tears as this was yet another unexpected dream realized. We both ran back to her crate for her jackpot, bouncing for...

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The promises we keep. best of the blog Jul 31, 2018

About mid-June, a wonderful friend forwarded the standings for the 2018 AKC Agility Invitational in Orlando and Indie was still sitting in the Top 5 for “regular” Berners.

I was floored as Indie really only ran at 24″ a handful of times during this qualifying period. Besides...

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Superstition or intention? mental skills May 17, 2018

I’ve always considered myself a superstitious person. I’ve also never felt alone in this as pretty much everyone I know who competes in anything has objects or behaviors they believe bring them luck. Recently, however, I was at my week-long national and I started wondering, is it...

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Shame and a CD mental skills Apr 02, 2018
Photo Lisa Kaufman

I wasn’t going to write about this. And I literally told a friend I would not post it on FB. (Ha!) She nudged me, but then dropped it when I said that someday it might be part of a bigger story.

This weekend my “middle child,” Moxie, earned her CD and we...

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Manifesting Westminster best of the blog manifesting Feb 21, 2018

In my coaching, I talk about having “handler goals,” or goals that you as a handler want to accomplish, but which may not fit with the dogs sleeping beside you. These are in addition to, and separate from the goals we have for our dogs. When I talk about this, I use my own handler...

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While no one was watching. best of the blog mental skills Jan 18, 2018
Photo Great Dane Protos

This year was Indie’s year in agility. She was six, the magic age where people say it all starts to click. Of course, while I didn’t want to believe it would take this long, it’s true. We are now a seasoned team.

Indie received wonderful compliments...

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My MACH: A study in disconnection best of the blog mental skills Nov 07, 2017
Photo by Rich Knecht

Any of us who have wanted something so bad, know what it’s like to push it away. The Universe abhors desperation after all. Most of the time it’s because we take our minds off of the process and focus solely on the outcome. It rarely goes the way we desire.

For...

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