Startline
Startline
Michele Levitt & Cara Armour
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Are you ready? Steady, Ok go! We're here to edutain you about the world of dog agility. Join us as we discuss our journeys, share our successes, laughs and failures. We talk about training and effective ways to work with your teammate. We will be joined by special guests. Help us grow the sport that we love. Every journey is different, but they all start with the startline. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Episode 20 - Obsessing
Obsessing can run right down the leash and ruin your runs. We have firsthand experience with obsessions, learn how you can recognize and rise above the compulsive feeling to obsess! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Nov 16
56 min
Episode 19 - Be Adaptable
The Rona is hanging around longer than any of us could have imagined. What was once how we did things has now become how are we doing things? Gather the information you can from your confirmation but otherwise, show up, be appreciative that you have the chance to run with your dogs, and be adaptable; things can change instantly - and that is Ok!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Oct 13
42 min
Episode 18 - USDAA@Home!
We talk to the VP of USDAA, Andy Hartman to learn about how they have pivoted in the pandemic to bring agility to anyone, right from their home. New to agility or a long time addict, the at-home program has something perfect for you. Go to https://www.usdaa.com/athome/index.cfm for more details on how you can play agility at home in the PAIN-demic!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Sep 6
51 min
Episode 17 - Volunteering
COVID-19 has changed the landscape of agility trials for the foreseeable future. The need for volunteers and more of them is even greater. We take a deep dive into the importance and fun you can have working at a trial, especially now in the paindemic. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Aug 23
50 min
Episode 16 - Championships
There are several agility organizations where we have the privilege to trial with our pups. Most of us trial to showcase our relationship with our canine partners and while our dogs get rewarded in tugging or cookies, we get rewarded in ribbons. The collection of titles and ribbons becomes addicting and in each organization, there is the big daddy title - your championship.  Explore along with us the various ways in which five of the most popular agility organizations award championships. If your team is consistent versus versatile, you'll want to learn about which organizations could be the most fun for your team *One correction (possibly of many) the AKC agility grand championship was started four years ago, in October 2016. Cara mentions two years, she was wrong.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jul 31
48 min
Episode 15 - Goals
"A goal without a plan is just a wish".  We all wish to be great at agility but it takes planning, goal setting, evaluating and often changing your goals. It of course takes training, dedication, money and all that good stuff but in this episode, we specifically dive into the benefit of setting goals. You also will help your team and mental strength by being prepared to change them. Learn about realizing that and how to accomplish it, knowing when to change your goals is hard. Goals without deadlines are just dreams, we can dream but we should also set realistic goals for our team. The more achievable they are and the more likely we are to reach them, the happier we will be. This ties back to the Stockdale Paradox (episode 9), if we set goals we cannot achieve, especially when out of our power, we let ourselves down. Don't be a downer for you or your dog. Set fun achievable ones you can reach and celebrate!  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jul 11
52 min
Episode 14 - Stress
Michele and I dive anecdotally deep into trial stress. It's been one of our biggest challenges and we are quasi-experts in the field at this point. From stressing up to stressing down, our dogs have displayed it all but certainly not in all the ways it can be displayed. We encourage you to step back and look at your runs objectively. Is your dog happy? Are you finding yourself having to cheerlead and by the end of the run exhausted that you had to coax your dog along with promises of sweet nothings if they did one more obstacle? Stress is real and sometimes it can be really fun. It also can be really depressing. Learn about what we went through, ask yourself is your dog performing under stress? Chances are the answer is yes, which may in fact be fine. It may also mean you have some work to do either on your own mental game or theirs.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jun 29
1 hr 1 min
Episode 13 - Back at It
Michele and Cara dip their toes back in the agility trial waters. The new normal has some benefits and if you want to be a part of it, think about joining a club!  We discuss all of that as well as fat bars, a bit about stress and what we missed these past 3 months away from trials.  Clubs, trial secretaries, and venue owners are working hard to bring us the sport we love. Support them with your entries, your offers to help and by focusing on what is working.  Most importantly, be kind to your dog, they didn't fill out that entry form but are happy to be back by your side.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jun 21
59 min
Episode 12 - Life Hacks for Keeping Track
We take a step into Cara's wheelhouse in this episode. One of her favorite things to do is organize because the goal of organization is to create efficiency. Efficiency means preventing the wasteful use of a particular resource such as time! Finding shows, filling out entries and keeping track of Q's can be overwhelming and super-duper time-consuming. It doesn't have to be. Learn some hacks that Cara and Michele use so they know how to find shows, how to track what the heck you entered, how in the world did you pay for it and what in the world your results were.   The PDF entry generator we mention in the show can be found at http://www.oaklines.com/, be certain to thank them for making your life so much easier.  --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jun 9
44 min
Episode 11 - Kay9 Fitness
Canine conditioning is a big deal regardless if you have a performance dog or a couch potato. Older dogs, baby puppies and everything in between need regular fitness exercise in order to be healthy.  Karen Kay, from Kay9 Fitness, joins us to explain just why that is. So many dogs are receiving wonderful veterinary and post-op care for injuries but what if you could help prevent them in the first place?  The health of our dogs is in our hands. The more fit we can keep them, the more likely they are to live healthier lives. Knee surgery, shoulder issues and joint problems are common, but it doesn't mean they have to be. And while surgery is not fun, fitness training certainly is. Karen is super passionate about what she does and she has an amazing background, beginning with humans but we all know working with dogs is way more fun :) I could relate to many of the issues, particularly about having an injury somewhere that sets the entire body out of balance. Just like you can get a sore neck or back from having a bummed knee that causes an off-gate, the very same biomechanical issues can and do happen with your dog. Super excited to try canine fitness but thanks to the paindemic a class near you is not possible? No worries, Karen is doing something INCREDIBLE, for just $14.95 she is running a private group that not only offers an exercise every day in June, but she is providing video commentary on any submissions you want to make!  So if you are uncertain if you are doing an exercise correctly or if what you are doing is helping your dog with their fitness, join Karen's group and submit a video. This starts now, June 1st so get going and reach out to her today on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Kay9-Fitness-115169546523796/ or via email KarenKay@metrocast.net. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/startlinepod/support
Jun 1
1 hr 2 min
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