Saturday Agility Avoidance

We were supposed to go—not “supposed” to I guess, but planning on going—to an agility Show n’ Go today. Instead I woke up this morning and decided that packing nic nacs, scrubbing the kitchen sink and teaching my dogs to spin in circles while standing on books would be preferable. Is that bad?

My balloon of agility enthusiasm has been severely deflated as of late. I think a few consecutive sub par trials plus the complete overwhelmed state I left the Rachel Sanders seminar in has me afraid to do agility in public again. We have been training after hours at work somewhat. Forest’s dog walk is looking nice—thank you Robot!—and we’ve been going back to some basics on one jump drills. I need to do a lot more of those. Kinda that whole the more-you-know-the-less-you-know deal.Its not anything to do with him, its me having stage fright for some unknown reason.

I am going to enter a USDAA trial in mid-Feb which I think will be a good re-intro. We’ll be starting over at the beginning since it’ll be our first USDAA event. Hopefully, that will boost our confidence enough to survive an AKC trial down in Del Mar a few weeks later. I couldn’t not do that trial as there are only one or two a year held at the fairgrounds–site of many childhood horseshow ribbons, awkward junior high dances, and rot gut fair time gastronomical delights. I am a sucker for sentimentality.

We also are moving over the next few weeks. We found an affordable place with a small garage and real yard, complete with grass and even squirrels!!! Look out varmints, you about to be displaced by yappy, high prey drive dogs. It should be a reasonably painless move as its close and we dont really have any specific date to be out of our place now. But, this will be my seventh or so move in ten years, and it just gets old. Though I am getting quite good at streamlining and tossing nonsense items. Which of course does not include the sad-looking pile of half-assembled PVC jumps and rain-crusted table and tunnel. That I haven’t used in months. Totally necessary.

Still owe the seminar write-up, which may just be deduced to my little instructional drawings on the one jump drills. My brain can only hold so much info…



2 thoughts on “Saturday Agility Avoidance

  1. OK sister – you are being way too hard on yourself. Agility has a lot of ups and downs. Don’t let a few subpar trials take you out of the ring. Running well takes time.

    Don’t you just love spending time with your dog and learning something new? Don’t you just love running together and communicating with your fur ball? Don’t you just love spending a day outside, in the park, with other people who love dogs?

    Humilating runs? Everyone has one, two, or more likely a dozen. They really embarrassing runs make the most entertaining stories.

    Seminar overload? Most seminar presenters have dedicated many, many years and multiple dogs to refine their techniques. Isn’t this your first agility dog? Your dog focuses on the course and wants to run — you are doing great! Don’t you think some of your pet clients would be overwhelmed by all the behaviors your dog knows and all the training strategies you know?

    Come ‘on you old wallflower. — Take the pressure off and enjoy the simple pleasures of the sport.–

    • Thanks Deb. You are of course completely right. In case you can’t tell, I am a perfectionist, and I am used to being able to pick up new things relatively easily. But agility is a whole ‘nother ball game. The only thing I think I have ever worked at that is this difficult is surfing, which I know sounds bizarre. But similar in the fact that your environment is never the same twice–the conditions change constantly, just like agility–and you may go out and have one amazing session, then the next day not catch a single wave. Which for me was/is infuriating.

      I need to buck up and stick it out, which I will. But right now I am a bit “over threshold”. I’ll recover in short order, I just need time to catch my breath.

      And make a game plan! I always feel better with a game plan and lots of scribbled/typed lists. That will be on the to do list–to make more lists…

      Thanks for the pep talk, I obviously needed one. 🙂

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