I will be trialing tomorrow and plan to use all the key elements for visualization. I am planning for a wonderful day. I believe this will be my key element as to doing better as a handler and getting my dog to focus more.
How did your visualization go?
The first time I entered a CPE trial I visualized my dog’s regular behavior in class. I pictured her jumping at the judge, running over to the bar setters and getting the zoomies. This all came true, but I wasn’t flustered or upset. The next two runs we got a Q and a blue ribbon and had a lot of fun! I think by preparing myself mentally and being honest with who my dog is and what could happen I felt relaxed and confident. Just glad and surprised we had a happy ending.
One of the links talked about getting pumped up emotionally. I find that doesn’t work for me, except in the days when I was sparring in karate. In Agility, I’m looking for serenity and focus when I visualize – more like an archer or a billiards player. Mentally, I have great confidence that my dog will wait patiently at the start line & do everything I ask her perfectly. She always does, but sometimes MY end falls apart if my memory fails me during the run or if I physically run out of gas. But I’m working on those!
That’s interesting and I can totally see that. Love that you compare it to OTHER focus based sports.
I expect that it is somewhat of a personal preference.
Yes, even in sports where getting “pumped up” is the norm, serenity and focus are required for certain moments, like taking a penalty shot or shooting a free throw. It’s a great approach in situations where adrenaline can work against you.
I am late with my cues. I am hoping that by using this technique it will help! Sometimes my mind goes blank and I get lost in the course even though I just did it with my other dog. I am excited about learning this technique. Thanks a bunch!
This skill takes practice to develop but you will use it every time you run a sequence in practice or trials–it will change your life! Be patient with yourself.
Great section. I especially like the YouTube video “Scientific Benefits …”
Glad you found this helpful, I watched many different videos but I liked that one a lot as well…
Run for improvement on visualization. Find when running the actual course, negative thoughts still creep in. Do self-positive talk to over-ride these moments.
thank you! this is very helpful info.
Link t Scientific Benefits of Visualization for Athletes is not working.
Could you be on a network that blocks YouTube? That link just worked for me. Here is where it goes: https://youtu.be/VHISQ6xIGZE
I already do visualizations, but can see that I need to be much more efficient with this.
Fascinating – I got lost (i.e. I was somewhere else just seeing it) a couple of times – and really enjoyed the feeling. I will definitely give this 10 mins a day
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