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Sometimes people are negative about other people and their dogs, or, heaven forbid, your dog. My advice
is mostly the same, although you can always stand up for those who are being insulted, or say that you'd
rather not speak negatively and make your exit. Yes, those same people might then talk negatively
about you, but at least you know you're in good company. And, who knows, perhaps you will make them
think a little about how what they say affects others.

What if, despite your best efforts, some of the negativity creeps in?
What if it starts nagging at you and making you doubt yourself?
One great way to handle this is to challenge these kinds of thoughts.
There are thought challenge worksheets and information on the
Internet to give you detailed help, but the concept involves the
systematic and logical evaluation of negative thoughts and their
impacts on your life and situation. Ask yourself, "Is there evidence
for this thought? Is there evidence contrary to this thought? Do
I have all the evidence needed to interpret the situation? What
would a friend think about this thought? How can I think about
this situation positively? Will this matter a year from now? Five

years from now? Ten years from now?" By looking at nagging
negative thoughts analytically, you might be able to determine
how much truth is involved and whether that truth even really
matters in the long run. The process might also allow you to
free yourself from the nagging thoughts and move on to more
pressing matters.
Protecting your positive outlook at agility trials takes work and
commitment on your part. You don't have to put in this effort,
but lack of it may negatively impact your performance and your
agility trial experience as a whole. D

Brenna Fender is a freelance writer and editor who works for Clean Run. She lives in Florida with her husband, two children, a Papillon (Spark), a Beagle (Wrigley), a
Border Collie (Tessa), her daughter's Chihuahua (Chase), and a variety of other creatures. Tessa has agility titles, UpDog Challenge disc achievements, and a Trick Dog
Champion Title. Over the years, Brenna's dogs have been titled in conformation, agility, Junior Hunter, Junior Courser, rally, obedience, and Canine Good Citizen. Brenna
can be reached at brennafender@gmail.com and you can visit her website at brennafender.com.

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