As I try to pump myself up for this weekend’s upcoming fun match, I find myself perma-glued to Youtube, watching every agility video ever uploaded. The event this weekend is in a brand new environment. We all know what that means… Zoomery to the max! And not in a good way. If I enter the ring with confidence, hopefully I can keep my cool even when – not if – things start to derail.
I find watching the videos both reassures and terrifies me. There are a lot of crazy moves out there. It’s hard to believe how many different ways there are to get a dog over a jump. At this point I don’t know if I could learn a new handling system. It look me long enough to get used to front crosses and serpentines. I don’t know if I could ever handle the disco moves they pull out in Europe. Honestly, the more I watch, the more certain I am that we are on the right track with our current training methods.
However, I do have to balance out my viewing. If I only watch videos showcasing world champion dogs and handlers, my positive thinking starts to slide. I mean, I highly doubt Shiva and I are ever going to make it to Crufts.
Don’t get me wrong. I love watching such stellar teams show off their incredible skills. But when I start playing the comparison game, it stops being good for my mental health. That’s why I am so glad rookies like me also share their adventures online.
Ah, now that is much more familiar territory!
And, just to prove that even the big agility stars can also make nasty mistakes, I’ll leave you with one also shared by Life With Dogs a few days ago. Nobody is perfect, right? And everybody poops.
I guess if it doesn’t work out, there is always flyball…