Regular readers of my blog will know that I'm a HUGE fan of Dr Kathrine McAleese's work. Her teaching has exponentially improved the quality of my agility, my business, my relationships - my life in general really! :)
What you'll find in this DVD is Mind To Win magic at it's best. It follows Dr Kat through a weekend workshop in the USA, but it's not your average workshop. Mostly we spend lots of money going to events like this to improve our dogs skills, learn new handling ones, always looking for the magic ingredient which will produce consistently fast and clear agility rounds.
In my opinion, this DVD is the closest thing to that magic ingredient you'll ever get. Because through this workshop, Dr Kat is focusing on people's mindsets - the one element that if changed, can have a dramatic effect on your agility training, and as I've said above, your whole life!
Some of Dr Kat's important lessons are around this - 'Words have power'. As you watch the first DVD you may well recognise the statements and expressions used by the handlers in the workshop as either language you use yourself, or certainly that you may well have heard around an agility show. Dr Kat encourages them and us, the viewers at home, to take note of this and in her positive and encouraging fashion, to clean it up! For ourselves and also when we give feedback to those around us too.
I thought I was a pretty positive instructor, but I learned more ways that I can help and inspire those people I teach - so if you train others, can I suggest this is a MUST on your shelf :)
Dr Kat also gives chapter and verse (in a good way!) on the extremely influential topic of our mindset gremlins - the little voices in our head which like to rear their ugly heads when we're course walking, when we step up to the start line and worse, when things don't go our way after a run. She gives us some great techniques and ideas for us to explore so that we can find ways to 'fight back' and not take our gremlins opinions as read.
As we watch the brave souls who were prepared to be filmed for this DVD (thank you to them all for sharing their learning so openly!), we are privileged to witness the change in their perspective and the positive outcome this had on their dogs performance too. That was perhaps one of the most magical things to watch - that when handlers collected themselves, drew breath and re-connected with their dogs, what amazing things they were capable of :)
This DVD is essential viewing for:
- new agility handlers
- handlers who get nervous competing
- handlers who find are very negative about their performance
- handlers who have been competing a long time but don't feel they've moved through the grades as they'd hoped
- handlers whose dogs don't perform as well in competition as they do in training
- instructors/ trainers/ coaches of other people
Here's Dr Kathrine herself to explain more:
Click here for the link to the Clean Run website where you can purchase your own DVD.
Today I'm grateful for meeting Dr Kathrine McAleese and experiencing the illumination of inspiration and hope that followed. She is a game-changer and any opportunity you get to work with her, grab it with both hands - you'll never regret it!