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Leinonen and is focused on strong pre-cuing and use of
body language to help the dog understand where we
want him to go after a specific obstacle before
attempting it. The idea [is] to let the dog perfectly know
where you want to go and is therefore named One
Mind. My handling way was already very similar to that
system as I have always been striving for the most
effective way to communicate with my dog through the
course, so when I got in touch with Janita and Jaakko
[Suoknuuti, Janita
s partner], I found a very consistent
handling system that could be merged to mine!
BF: Very interesting! How do you handle the mental side
of competing at international events? Do you find them
very different from local or national trials?
NG: I actually need to get some pressure in order to
perform at my best; I need that adrenaline to flow to get
the highest concentration on my run. They are actually
different because I
m running against the best people
out there and it
s the biggest motivation for me to do my
best with my dog and try to get in front of all of them. I
really love those events! I don
t get stressed but I get
charged up and full of energy!
BF: Did you have any difficulty competing at both
international championship events?
NG: Luckily not! It was great fun in both!
BF: Did you enjoy the WAO? What were your favourite
aspects of the event?
NG: I found the WAO amazing! It
s nice to be able to run
many courses in a day, having more judges and
therefore different styles. The organization was very
good and the atmosphere is great; it
s like a big agility
party.
BF: What was your favourite course?
NG: Probably Lee Gibson
s Agility 1 from the Individual
Pentathlon on Friday. A bit too tricky for many as first
course, but just the kind of course I like, where you
need technical skills and speed.
BF: Do you plan to attend the WAO next year?
NG: Yes definitely!
BF: Thanks so much for talking with me. Good luck with
your next international endeavour.
For more information on the World Agility Open, visit
www.worldagilityopen.com or look for the WAO
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/World-
Agility-Open-Championships.