Performance anxiety

Performance Anxiety in the Ring: The Great Equalizer

September 16, 2015

The Best in Show ring had seven marvelous dogs handled by seven experienced handlers, but one, a friend, was in trouble.  She was uncharacteristically sweaty and grim-faced, and her intensity was throwing her off her game. This was a new and unexpected look for a person who had as many Best in Show rosettes at […]

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Dog Show Heebie-Jeebies

May 20, 2013
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I didn’t know it at the time, but I was an hour away from sheer terror when the photograph below was taken. Here I am on live TV thirty minutes later – still oblivious to what was coming. As a writer for the PBS affiliate in Denver, I was recruited to write scripts for the […]

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How to Combat Ring Nerves

May 17, 2013
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As a prelude to a more serious piece about ring nerves coming soon, here’s a lighthearted approach to the subject: The Top Ten Ways to Combat Ring Nerves: 1) As you enter the ring, slip your hand into the judge’s hand and mutter, “I’m scared.” Any judge worth his or her salt will offer you […]

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