Mental Skills Training for Competitive Canine Handlers Seminar with Brenda Riemer, Ph. D. 

June 10 & 11, 2023 – Seminar

June 12, 2023 – Private Coaching Sessions

Why Mental Skills?

How many times have you heard people say that the dog performs great in practice but not in the ring? What we don’t realize is that many times the performance of the dog is negatively affected by our ring nerves. The purpose of this seminar is to help people develop skills for controlling stress and increasing self-confidence for their chosen sport(s).

Topics and Working Spots

Seminar topics include reducing high arousal, imagery, goal setting, avoiding burn out, and more! Two-day seminars include second-day working spots. Working teams “show” in the ring, and Brenda works with them individually to help them recognize how their arousal impacts their performance. Brenda’s seminars are geared towards all types of canine events, including conformation, musical freestyle, scent work and IPO. Although designed for dog handlers, the first day of the seminar has application to all types of competitive events.

About Brenda

Brenda has a Ph.D. in sport psychology and currently shows her dogs (Dachshund, working on her UD and Sheltie, starting her career). Brenda’s previous dogs have achieved UDs, UDXs and an OTCH. She has also shown in rally, agility, and other canine sports. Brenda is an AKC obedience judge as well as a professor at Eastern Michigan University.

Visit Brenda’s Website:

You’ll find links to her interview with Seattle-based author, Ranny Green, as well as her webinar with Connie Cleveland of the “Obedience Road.”  You can also read testimonials from previous attendees.

General Information

This seminar will be held at Donida Farm in Auburn, WA. The two-day seminar is Saturday and Sunday, June 10 & 11, 2023.  Working teams (limited to 16) will be coached through actual ring performances by Brenda with observations for the other participants and seminar auditors who will assist in creating a show environment. 

Monday, June 12, is reserved for private coaching sessions with Brenda (limited to 6).

To register for the seminar, click the following link: Mental Skills Training Seminar

To sign up for a private lesson, click the following link: Private Coaching Session