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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Have you ever had this happen to you?

When I did my first BH with my boy Mason (about 6 years ago) I don't know if I was too nervous, too stiff, too whatever! Or maybe just going too fast that by the time I was half way through the routine my legs were in so much pain, like they were on fire or something, I thought I was going to fall and not be able to finish my BH.

Luckily when I did Gala's BH and SchH 1 I remembered the experience and I don't know if I was more relaxed or what but it didn't happen.

I have however been told by another person recently that he experienced the exact same thing.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 01:18 PM
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Very true, not only during a BH but in any sport. I will give a motorcycle racing analogy, when I started I would get tense and fatigued very easily, can compare this to your experience of feeling fatigue in legs. Over time and through experience I learned that to cut the lap times, one needs to be very smooth/relaxed and looking ahead. Same is true here. Although I do not race anymore but looking to apply similar technique when handling dogs.

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I remember when I trialed my first dog in obedience. I was shaking so badly I thought my legs were going to fold under me. This was just a darn CD so not a lot of heeling. Yes, I think it is from nerves and because we are so tense and feeling stressed. The latter really sucks the energy from you.

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Not to that extent but as a gymnast I was always telling myself to breath, breathe, breathe!!! In dog trials I'm always a bit nervous no matter what it is (even a CGC!) and have to do the same thing, BREATHE otherwise I feel exhausted and out of breath right away. I think if you get really anxious you can crash from the adrenaline rush. When I was bit repeatedly by a dog at the shelter where I volunteered, the next day I felt terrible, not really pain from the bites but my entire body felt exhausted and my mood was so depressed I had to stay home from work. I think there was so much adrenaline pumping during the incident I just crashed.
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