These questions came up after comments on my MYOB blog and a recent friends blog I read. I grew up competing in various activities. We didn't get awards for just "being there" we got awards for doing well, beating other people etc etc.
So...questions involving that sort of thing--in regards to any dog competition activity (herding, agility, obedience etc etc.) and I am VERY interested in your thoughts!
Why is "competitive" a bad word for many people?
Should everyone be given a "participation ribbon"?
If you want to win, why do people assume you will have a bad attitude?
Is there anything wrong with doing agility "just for fun"?
Why do some people think competitive people are to be avoided?
If you fail, why do people make excuses? (my dog had the fastest time in standard, well yeah, they knocked 2 bars and missed their A-frame contact....but STILL).
Do people that are not as competitive actually have BETTER dogs due to the lack of pressure to perform perfectly?
Why must a person that wins be almost OVERLY humble, almost to the point of not even being happy for what they did?
Why can't many people be happy and gracious when others are successful?
Do "just for fun" people always have a more positive outlook on trialing than those that are more competitive?
Why do people spend a great amount of their time looking for that PERFECT dog to "take them to the spotlight"?
Would love to hear your answers :)
2 days ago