agility competiton

European Open 2019 with two dogs: courses and handling have changed - An interview with Becky Schiltz

European Open 2019 with two dogs: courses and handling have changed - An interview with Becky Schiltz

Becky Schiltz from Luxembourg competed in European Open with both her shelties -and it’s already quite an accomplishment to be there with one dog! Even though she’s still very young, this was her 3rd European Open with Dizzy and first with her youngster Mii! Read about their journey to this point, Becky’s thoughts about consistency and find out what is Becky’s routine before each competition run!

Big dog agility events in Europe

Big dog agility events in Europe

I’m probably not the only one who dreams of traveling around Europe from one agility event to another. Or at least traveling to some agility event once in a while. Quite often there are questions in different forums about what competitions there are, where and when. These events often have a registration that ends months before the actual event, so you need to plan beforehand.

I collected the biggest dog agility events in Europe into one list from which you can find links directly to the events’ websites. If something is missing, please tell us :)

The journey together is much more important than any agility results in the world

The journey together is much more important than any agility results in the world

“Teamwork and the ability to perform at my own and my dog’s highest level is my actual goal. If we perform at our best and we manage to put all the training together in a run, my goal is reached. If that also results in winning, that’s of course extra fun, but it’s actually just a bonus.” Read Jenny Damm’s views on agility, her goals and what kind of challenges she has had with her own dogs.

Becky Sinclair IFCS World Agility Championships - Making dreams come true - competing abroad

Becky Sinclair IFCS World Agility Championships - Making dreams come true - competing abroad

IFCS stands for International Federation of Cynological Sports. They organise World Agility Championships that include four classes: Agility, Jumping, Snooker and Gamblers. The latest event was 10.-14.4.2019 in Netherlands. But what was the event like? We asked Becky Sinclair who represented Team Great Britain with her border collie Who.

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.