Category Archives: Believe

Keith Believes In Cisco And They ROCKED Cynosport 2014!

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I’ve been trying to come up with a really good topic to post about. Have you guys seen Keith Highley and his little Corgi/Cattle dog mix, Cisco? They are on fire. Keith is a really good friend of mine and we have had many conversations about mental management. Keith is on a wonderful journey with Cisco. His story is inspiring and a perfect… Read More »

Success is in your hands

With Cynosport around the corner, I thought I’d share an email with you. Michelle,  How well you do is completely in your control; the outcome of your competition is another matter entirely.  Control what you can, and accept the rest.  Make it your goal to take control of your thinking and your behavior.  If this truly is your goal, then success is entirely in your hands.  Let’s shoot for this kind of success.  We’ll talk about this… Read More »

A conversation with Link

Recently, I felt like I needed help with the mental side of agility.  So, I started meeting with Dr. Kevin Roby, an expert in the field of sport psychology.  He asked me if I talked to my dog?  Of course, I talk to my dog.  This is Link we are talking about.  Link can speak with his eyes and sometimes he has a lot to say.  Link is also the… Read More »

That’s unfortunate.

My goal last weekend was to work on my mental game.  Link and I set off on a seven hour trip to Utah.  We attended my favorite small and supportive trial.  Link’s start lines were good until we got to Steeplechase.  I put him in a down and as I dropped his leash he got up and took the first jump.  I stood there for a moment looking at him. … Read More »

Be the hero and do the unexpected.

We must always harbor the belief that we are capable in any moment of being the hero and doing the unexpected ~ Yael Averbuch       Recently, I’ve been listening around the agility ring to the comments people are making before and after their run.  It is fascinating to hear what people are thinking.  I’ve noticed that the mental game becomes particularly important when a dog makes a mistake… Read More »

I can. You can. We can.

Have you ever had a person turn to you and tell you something you weren’t expecting regarding your agility skills with your dog?   I have.  It happened in May of this year (2013).  I asked Nancy Kemna to come to Las Vegas to put on a seminar.  Nancy always has such practical suggestions and I knew she would challenge us.  The challenges Nancy brought with her were hard.  I tried… Read More »