Encourage someone this weekend
Do you remember your first agility competition? I do. I purchased a run for both AKC’s Novice class, as well as the Jumpers & Weaves class (because it’s always good to purchase multiple runs per dog, to make your trip more worthwhile). Sadly, I didn’t qualify for either. I don’t remember what happened. I think my dog knocked a bar for one (automatic elimination) and who knows, maybe she ran out of the ring on the other one. (It wouldn’t be the only time, so that’s why I don’t remember!). I was SO discouraged. I remember, however, this nice woman coming up to me and encouraging me with her own story. She said that a good many people don’t qualify at their first trial. We need to give ourselves slack. It takes time!
I sure appreciated her encouragement. In fact, I would encourage anyone who are veterans to ‘trialing’ to encourage at least one novice handler this weekend. Watch their faces and seek them out. It’s possible that because of your kind words, they will stay the course and not give up.