Resources – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • says:

    I am going to read and re-read this. Thank you. I’ve studied visualization before. When I did the exercise and asked myself “what are you feeling”, I identified “fear”. I’ve not had much success in my opinion. It’s always just about good enough, 90%, good run, but…. I want to believe performance will be better, but without improving (qualifying) time and time again, fear of failing, yet again, is now the handicap that is holding me back.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      You’ve done the hard part, because many people don’t understand that on some level, they’re afraid of something–failure, or looking silly, etc.

      In a week or two, we are having a special VIP Q and A about fear and how it negatively impacts dog agility, and what we can do about it.

      I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • says:

    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.

  • Francine says:

    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.

  • Lynne Bockelman says:

    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!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      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.

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      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.

  • says:

    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!

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      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.

  • says:

    Great section. I especially like the YouTube video “Scientific Benefits …”

  • MaryTurcintrio says:

    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.

  • cynthia says:

    thank you! this is very helpful info.

  • Jill Arenson says:

    Link t Scientific Benefits of Visualization for Athletes is not working.

  • says:

    I already do visualizations, but can see that I need to be much more efficient with this.

  • Jackie says:

    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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