Ring nerves

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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In an Alternate Universe, You Rock!

July 23, 2013
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Recently, someone who read my article on dog show jitters wrote to share which of the suggestions in the piece had worked for her in combating her own performance anxiety. Aside from the distinct pleasure I get from knowing that someone other than my immediate relatives reads DogKnobit, I like the sense of community that […]

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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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