Setting SMART Goals for Competition Obedience

goals inspirational Apr 11, 2022

Last year, I talked to several competitors that were feeling unmotivated. Some had no upcoming trials to prepare for due to COVID, while others had an injured dog or recently started a new dog and they felt overwhelmed with all the things they needed to train.

This video is part of an Obedience Road webinar that I did on creating SMART goals for competitive obedience.

Goals are very motivating! Talking about (and writing down!) your goal might be just what you need to get back on track. 

What are your dreams for your dog?

Big goals can be intimidating, but don't be afraid to say them out loud. Because dreams become goals, and goals become action. 

What happens if you don't reach your goal?

I've been there, several times. Sure, I was disappointed. But my disappointment couldn't compare to the joy I felt pursuing my goals.

The sky's the limit. Let your dreams become your goal. And let your goal start to motivate you. 

When setting goals, we can group dogs into three categories.

Knowing where your dog falls helps break those BIG goals into smaller goals for you to achieve along the way.

Group 1: Dogs Learning the Exercises

Group 2: Dogs Preparing to Earn a Title

Group 3: Dogs showing in Open B / Utility B

If you're struggling with motivation, let's set a goal. Your goals should be SMART. 

- Specific

- Measurable

A - Achievable

R - Relevant

T - Time Based

In the above video, I talk about setting goals for my dog, M, and walk you through the steps I'm taking to achieve them.

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