agility competiton

Too shy, too small, too slow - and yet, Kiki has seven medals from Agility World Championships

Too shy, too small, too slow - and yet, Kiki has seven medals from Agility World Championships

Martina Magnoli Klimesova from Czech Republic has had an amazing agility career with her mudi Kiki. They have 7 medals from World Championships, of which three are individual gold, the latest of which is from 2018. Watching them run, one would never guess that people actually condemned Kiki early on: “A lot of people told me that she is not good enough. But I did not listen to them.”

The 8th Norwegian Open offered very fast courses with amazing flow

The 8th Norwegian Open offered very fast courses with amazing flow

Jan Egil Eide started organizing the Norwegian Open, when, about 10 years ago: “The most important competition in Norway was our national championship. The surface was terrible and it was just bad for the sport. I started to think that what if we organized a competition of the competitors’ choice.”

Christoffer Endresen - perform better in competitions by using rituals

Christoffer works with agility handlers to support them in the mental game. “My focus is on the handlers and helping them reduce their fear and anxiety, and replacing it with joy and enjoyment of the sport and, at the same time, achieving a higher level of performance.”

We had a chance to talk with him about how rituals can help agility handlers perform better in competitions. He also shares his top 5 tips for improving the mental game.

Becky Sinclair: Do your dog justice - Do mental prep

Becky Sinclair: Do your dog justice - Do mental prep

A bit nervous to compete? Having a hard time concentrating? Is someone watching me and thinking I’m not good enough? Not good enough for my dog? There are so many different thoughts that can hold us back in competitions, and also in training. Mental aspects play a huge role in success. It’s, of course, easier to be self confident, when your dog is well trained, but, according to Becky Sinclair, the founder of the “Agility mental prep” group on Facebook, we should, nonetheless, work more on our mental skills to get better in agility.

Avallon cup - rodeo show atmosphere helps agility competitors exceed their limits

Avallon cup - rodeo show atmosphere helps agility competitors exceed their limits

Avallon Cup is a 4-day event held yearly in Avallon in Burgundy, France. It’s unlike any other high level agility competition. In 2018, there were 4 competition fields, 1500 competitors from 23 countries and 12 of Europe's top judges. Read what the owner of the event, Fabrice Laligant, thinks about the changes in dog agility and what we should be aware of, based on his observations during Avallon Cup 2018.

An interview with Jenna Caloander: How to turn your agility failures into strengths

An interview with Jenna Caloander: How to turn your agility failures into strengths

Jenna Caloander already has an impressive career in agility, and most probably, there’s more to come. When asked which topic in agility is especially important to her, she says, without hesitation, “The right attitude towards failures”. Read how to turn your agility failures into strengths!