Sunday, May 11, 2014

Success-"What, who said we failed"

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If success means getting a lot of Q's then I guess you can say we (Kiah, Keegs and me)  are failures. If success means we continue to learn and grow then we are becoming more successful all the time.

Each person's measurement of success will be different.  I have learned a lot from one of my instructors about mental attitude, setting obtainable goals and keeping a positive attitude. She turned me on to Lanny Bassham's "With Winning in Mind" a set of CD's that give you a program to a positive mental management system. I have been listening to these CD's a lot lately, it makes me think about how negative attitudes, negative comments I make about my performances or setting goals too high can spiral into continued failures which then become the norm. 

When I am complimented on a run, even though I am pleased at the compliment I have a tendency to mention what went wrong rather than just saying thank you. What I am doing is reinforcing negatives rather then celebrate the positives. I do compliement others on their runs and plan to do it more often which will build a positive attitude in myself and hopefully others.

Lately my goal has been to relearn how to have fun with my dogs (and them with me), not to take agility, obedience or rally so seriously and to celebrate the very small successes. Slowly but surely this is beginning to happen; I am more excited about going to trials and enjoying myself more while I am there.  If we never Q, but have a blast working as a team I will consider myself the most successful handler there. If in the process we do get a Q, it will be icing on the cake. 

I am a great handler who has fun with her dogs, brings out the best in them while they have fun. That is like me! (a part of a directive affirmation statement....).

May-June 2014

Thor and Kiah had Ob\Rally trial on May 31st.  They both did really well; Thor got another leg in Rally Novice B and almost got a leg in Beginner Novice A but I had to call him a 2nd time on the recall which was an automatic NQ.  Up until that point he did awesome.  Kiah lagged a bit in Rally Advanced A but ended up with a 94 which gave her a first place.  In beginner novice A she got her first leg (3rd) with an 189.5.  It was a wonderful day.

No agility trials in May but will be doing some Rally & Obedience with Kiah and Thor.  We are continuing agility classes. Thor and I will also be doing some private lessons with our obedience instructor to get him ready for Novice Obedience at my club (Tree Town Boxer Club) trial in early August.  In the mean time we will be doing some Beginner Novice practice at trials.