Ring Stress - Is Your Excitement Making it Worse?

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You get your dog out of his crate with plenty of time before you’re due to go in the ring, toilet them, play lots of warm up games, play an exciting game of tug, use your happiest happy voice and just generally try your best to get your dog as ‘high’ and excited as possible before entering the ring, yet your dog seems distracted and ‘shuts down’ the moment you start to lead out. He may even sniff around or run off during your run.

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Bill Keens OneMind Dogs Instructor Trainee

Thank you Nikki. this is my wife and partner to the T. When she got Amber, we didn't even know what agility was. No less any of the things we do today -- about building motivation and drive and the signs of stress. We recognize it now, but building confidence is something that will be a lifelong challenge for my wife and Amber. Appreciate the tips here.

9 months, 3 weeks ago

Niki Drage OneMind Dogs Coach 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm glad to hear that the tips are helpful for your wife, let me know how she goes and maybe calming down and picking up on Amber's calming signals and recognizing when she gets stressed will help :)

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