How Many Times Should You Visualize? – Bad Dog Agility Academy

How Many Times Should You Visualize?

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  • says:

    I can visualize running the course, but when something goes wrong during the run it all seems to go out the window.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Depending on how badly things go wrong, you can usually bring the dog to a point where you can recall the rest of the course, and start fresh from that point.

  • says:

    Wow 10-12 visualizations/60-90 sec! Impressive. I’m at 5, but mentally exhausted, need to work at this.

  • Tess Bayly says:

    When I know my young dog will be running too fast for me and more focused on obstacles than on me, should I try to visualize the run as I would like it to be or as it will be until / if / when I can ever train something else?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      In general, as it will be. However, you must be very careful not to use incorrect handling in practice or trials to compensate for anticipated errors. For example, some people will over-rotate on rear crosses so their dog will not refuse a jump, when instead they should drive the diagonal line and if the dog refuses, continue to work on this at home. But the dog needs to see the correct cue. So your timing and execution should be done correctly. But you can anticipate problems. For example, you see a tunnel off course during your walk and know your dog may take the off course even with perfect handling from you, so you can anticipate the mistake and think how you want to continue on the course, should you call him to you or let him take an extra obstacle, etc.

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