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.
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.
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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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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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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.
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
Wisdom from the Iditarod with Karen Ramstead
An insightful, hilarious conversation full of wisdom with Karen Ramstead ranging from the journey of preparing to run the incredible Iditarod race to breeding, structure and so much more...!
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Are You a Survivor?
Some people are great under pressure at laying down a great run or saving a potentially disastrous run. Survival in performance is a skill you can learn.
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!