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Mindful Training for Peak Performance – A Mental Management® 4-part webinar with Teah Anders and Heather Sumlin (open to instructors and the public)

Registration is now open:

Session 1: January 15, 2024
Session 2: January 22, 2024
Session 3: February 5, 2024
Session 4: February 12, 2024
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM PT

Each session will be recorded and available for review for 30 days.


Understand the elements of performance to help dog/handler teams perform at their best. Learn how handlers can focus and perform under pressure to the best of their abilities. Discover what makes excellent performance easy. Learn how to have consistent performance as a handler and avoid handler errors that can disrupt the dog’s performance. Understand how handlers’ perceptions of themselves affect the performance of the team and help learn how to change those perceptions. For CNWI, learn how to help students become better handlers by understanding the mental game. For COs or hosts, learn how Mental Management can help them handle those unexpected issues or difficult situations that can occur at NW trials. For dog trainers or business owners, learn how to smoothly handle difficult situations such as the client “melt-down,” unhappy clients, or unexpected events during a class or dog event.

Topic by Session:

SESSION 1 – The Mental Management® Model In competition there is a place between effort and ease, where excellent performance seems easy. There is a feeling of being sympatico with your dog, understanding their body language and knowing just what to do to support them. Learn how to balance the parts of the mind to allow you to feel focused and relaxed as you navigate the trial day. Learning the building blocks of Mental Management helps in understanding how our minds work and how we can bring our mind to a place of optimum performance as a handler.

SESSION 2 – The Mental Management® System Imagine being able to control your thoughts in a pressured situation like a Nose Work Trial. Instead of those niggling little fears or doubts that might enter your mind on the day of the trial or right before you enter the search, imagine being able to fill your mind with thoughts of your choosing. Learning how to take control of your thoughts before, during and after an event will help you feel confident and focused on the day of trial.

SESSION 3 – Performance Under Pressure Why do we show up as different handlers the day of the trial versus practice? Ever notice that you are confident in class and feel great and yet sometimes the day of the trial here come the butterflies and you feel unsure about your abilities? Learn how to turn that around so that you can use pressure to your advantage and actually look forward to the opportunity to test your skills! Plus, we will discuss how to handle all those pesky distractions at trials including parking lot chatter.

SESSION 4 – Building Self-Image Our Self-Image has a huge impact on everything we do in life. Self-Image includes our habits and attitudes and often feeds into our perception of the world in general and either positive or negative associations with specific situations. By learning to take control of your Self-Image, past negative experiences or what others may have said no longer has to hold you back from performing at your best. Discover how to build your Self-Image so that you can participate in a Nose Work Trial or any life situation with confidence.


If you have any questions, please email


Jan 15 2024


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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