Guest Kelliwic Posted August 18, 2006 Report Share Posted August 18, 2006 After almost two years, the Trial Tips section has been revived! I have pretty bad "stage fright," to the point that I am nervous talking to even a relatively small group of people. Predictably, it was really, REALLY bad at the trials I recently entered. All day before my run I'd have severe thirst/dry mouth combined with a seemingly thimble-sized bladder (though no doubt I would have visited the porta-potty just as frequently even without drinking all the extra water). My stomach lurched and churned to the point where I needed to take 1/4 to 1/2 tablet of Dramamine (which fortunately helped some). A couple of times I wasn't sure if I was going to throw up or pass out! (Fortunately I did neither!) I know that I'll probably get a little better with more time and experience (but no doubt I'll always be somewhat nervous). I'm also trying to get out to train at different fields and such, so I'm working in front of different people (if not being "judged"), and so the dogs get more experience on different fields and stock. Our runs at the trials were okay but I know we can do better, and no matter how I try to affect a calm demeanor for the dog, she's VERY sensitive and is probably reacting in part to my tension. I've tried really psyching myself up to visualize a good run, and I know that we can do WELL, but I guess I'm having a hard time beating the nerves. Would love tips on how any of you might have dealt with this level of anxiety...if anyone else has experienced it? Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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