SEE HOW THE AGILITY CHALLENGE WILL HELP YOU BECOME A CLEARER, MORE CONNECTED, & MORE CONSISTENT HANDLER FOR YOUR DOG!
USING VISUALIZATION TO HELP YOUR PERFORMANCES
When you’re at a competition and you see people walking a course, or when YOU are walking a course, that’s a form of familiarization first – you’re figuring out where the course goes, figuring out the strategies you’re going to adopt for your dog during the run, etc. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the course and have come up with a strategy, you can begin visualizing how the run will go. Visualization is powerful stuff – there are all sorts of studies that show that athletes who can vividly imagine or visualize their performances can improve them (and I look forward to the Challenge Team discussion on this topic!). What I’d like you to do is to incorporate visualization not just in to your competition routine, BUT, also, in to your training and practice routines.
Good visualization is vivid. During your visualization you should:
- See the sights
- Hear the sounds
- Feel the feelings
- Move through the movements
- Say the words (the obstacle or verbal cues you may use during the run)
What I’d like you to do in this Challenge is to watch the video , and then incorporate visualization in to ALL of your training, practice, class, and competitions or fun matches for the month ahead! The idea is to get in to the HABIT of utlilizing visualization, so, while it’s the challenge for March, I am hopeful that it will be a skill you’ll continue to use going forward!
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