16 episodes

Pursuing excellence is already a scary proposition. Then add to the mix one (or more!) completely unpredictable animals (despite your best efforts to train them), and try to perform at your best in front of a crowd. Three-sport international competitor and mindset expert Kathy Keats has experienced it all, from blowing her knee out at the beginning of a promising basketball career to winning world and national championships. There are few things more humbling than sport, dog sport in particular. A dog is a teacher and a mirror—reflecting our dreams and insecurities—and asking us how much we are willing to step out of our comfort zone to pursue our potential. Every episode, I delve into the mindset, habits, and practice strategies from my own experiences and with my guest experts in dog sport (and other disciplines) with funny tales of the highs and lows, insightful discussion, and honest conversation on mindset and high performance and how it relates to everything we do. If you enjoy the podcast, hit subscribe and be sure to check out https://www.kathykeats.com/supporttheshow.

The Kathy Keats Show Kathy Keats

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Pursuing excellence is already a scary proposition. Then add to the mix one (or more!) completely unpredictable animals (despite your best efforts to train them), and try to perform at your best in front of a crowd. Three-sport international competitor and mindset expert Kathy Keats has experienced it all, from blowing her knee out at the beginning of a promising basketball career to winning world and national championships. There are few things more humbling than sport, dog sport in particular. A dog is a teacher and a mirror—reflecting our dreams and insecurities—and asking us how much we are willing to step out of our comfort zone to pursue our potential. Every episode, I delve into the mindset, habits, and practice strategies from my own experiences and with my guest experts in dog sport (and other disciplines) with funny tales of the highs and lows, insightful discussion, and honest conversation on mindset and high performance and how it relates to everything we do. If you enjoy the podcast, hit subscribe and be sure to check out https://www.kathykeats.com/supporttheshow.

    Kayl McCann - Lessons from a Lifetime in the Dog World

    Kayl McCann - Lessons from a Lifetime in the Dog World

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    Kayl McCann Bio
    Kayl McCann is a 21x World Champion at Dog Agility. She has represented Team Canada with 6 different dogs at various World Championships each year since 2004. When she's not training & competing with her own dogs, she & her team run the McCann Dogs Agility Coaching Program. They offer in-person classes, privates and events at their Agility Arena in Flamborough, Ontario. Handlers can also train with Kayl using her Online Coaching Program.
    Kayl has grown up in the dog training world, as her parents were two of the top competitive obedience trainers in North America back in the day. They founded McCann Professional Dog Trainers over 40 years ago, and today, it's run by Kayl & her husband, Ken. McCann Dogs offers both in-person and online programs for family dog training, agility, rally and parkour. They've also expanded to have a dog training product line and media company, which is home to 2 podcasts and several YouTube channels with over 1 million subscribers. They have a large team of talented dog trainers who all share the same passion for helping people have a great relationship with their dogs.

    • 53 min
    Faansie Basson: Aiming for excellence in sheepdog training

    Faansie Basson: Aiming for excellence in sheepdog training

    Faansie is an elite sheepdog competitor. Among his many accomplishments, he has won the prestigious Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trial, represented the U.S. at the ISDS World Sheepdog Trial and, out of 241 teams, was one of the 16 who made it into the Double Lift Final, as well as finishing 3rd at the USBCHA National Finals.
    Prior to that, Faansie, who is originally from South Africa, won the South African Nationals 7 times, the Dog of the Year 13 times, and the National Brace title 13 times.
    Faansie gives clinics throughout North America and has a comprehensive online training program.
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    • 53 min
    Frankie Joiris - Behind the Scenes in Movie and TV Animal Training

    Frankie Joiris - Behind the Scenes in Movie and TV Animal Training

    Frankie Joiris is one of the top-notch animal trainers in the film, commercial, and TV industry, and believes strongly in the tie between training and a great relationship with your dog. She has worked on popular shows like Sex and the City and Law and Order, as well as movies featuring stars like Angelina Jolie and Robin Williams. She also teaches popular dog trick training programs for film, tv, fun and trick competition.
    Get Frankie's free training and trick ideas and learn more about her programs here.
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    • 50 min
    James P. McGee - The balancing act of training sheepdogs

    James P. McGee - The balancing act of training sheepdogs

    James P. McGee is a highly successful sheepdog handler from Northern Ireland who has won the ISDS International Supreme Championship and the ISDS World Championship.
    Want to learn from James about training sheepdogs? Check out his Patreon page. His training program is unique in that he shows all the training, from successful to frustrating, and how to work through it all.
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    • 55 min
    Jennifer Crank - Performing Under Pressure in Dog Agility

    Jennifer Crank - Performing Under Pressure in Dog Agility

    World-class agility competitor Jennifer Crank joins me on The Kathy Keats show to talk about performing consistently under pressure, the importance of focus, training for quality, and how she keeps agility in perspective. Learn more about Jennifer and how to contact her below.
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    Buy me a coffee to keep the podcast ad-free, learn about my upcoming mental game and peak performance courses for dog sport, and you can also join my email list to get notified about new podcasts on mental game and peak performance in dog sport and in life.
    MORE ABOUT JENNIFER CRANKJennifer has won every major agility competition in the United States, including the AKC National Agility Championship, the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, USDAA Cynosport’s Grand Prix, Cynosport’s Steeplechase, Cynosport’s Biathlon, and UKI’s U.S. Open Masters Heats. Internationally, she is the only American to earn 3 different overall individual medals at the FCI Agility World Championship.
    As an instructor, she has been teaching agility for almost twenty years. She loves it when her students do well in the ring but the most rewarding part of teaching for Jennifer are the shared moments of insight on the training field—those “light bulb” moments where the handler and dog figure something out. 
    You can find Jennifer online at baddogagility.com.

    • 46 min
    Training young sheepdogs: Interview with Joni Tietjen

    Training young sheepdogs: Interview with Joni Tietjen

    Training a young sheepdog is hard, especially to train them to listen but still keep that natural feel and be able to think. In this episode, I get to sit down and chat with Joni Tietjen, a top trainer with a passion for starting and bringing on outstanding young stock dogs.
    We talk about training with feel, using the stock to teach, the direction of trialing, and so much more! Joni was incredibly open and authentic—you'll love this interview!
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    More about Joni:
    Joni has qualified for USBCHA sheep dog finals every year and been in the top 10 National open and nursery finals with numerous dogs. Joni and her dog Ben were the first to capture the National Nursery Championship in consecutive years. 2016-2017
    She has also been Reserve champion at Meeker, Soldier Hollow, and has finished in the top 5 at Kingston and the Bluegrass.
    Joni has fairly recently turned to cattledog trials and is enjoying success there as well, winning Reserve champion in the USBCHA Cattledog final 2021 and then MSSA Ultimate Stockdog champion in 2021.
    Music: Put the Good Stuff In by Studio Monkey with permission

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

sheepdogtess ,

For people involved with dog sports!

I love these interviews as they include both mental and physical preparation for herding and agility. The variety of guests is so interesting! Thanks Kathy!

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