Warm ups are completely informal. I try to get Maddie to play, dig, tug, or run around with me. I try to get into the ring earlier if possible to get her to dig or be silly while the prior dog finishes their run. I poke at her front feet and try to get her to play bow.
I am trying to be very cheerful and praise her verbally throughout the run. I already did a lot of that, but I want to make sure I am not neglecting and if I can do it more.... do it more.
Hide all disappointment. Maddie is very affected by my feelings. When she would pop out of the weave poles, I would definitely correct her with my reaction or expression. Nothing I (or my other hounds) would consider sharp, but it appears that Maddie's perception is that it is indeed sharp... so I must refrain. It was not helping anyway. The other errors are 99% my fault, but if I am disappointed in myself, I am not sure Maddie can tell who the disappointment is directed at. So I must not be deflated about how I handled something. At the last trial, I think I did a good job and it showed. She popped out of the weave poles once and I just said oops and started her over. I tried to be very neutral. And then the other error, was me calling Maddie and it pulled her right off the correct jump. I praised her enthusiastically for responding to my call instead of dropping my head and silently scolding myself.
I have to be careful in training too. I recall a couple of months ago, Maddie ran very well in training, but then refused the treats for whatever reason. I was disappointed she didn't want the reward. And as I was driving away, I thought how stupid is that. You want her to run agility well and she did that. I shouldn't care if she ate the treats or not. She was probably stressed for some reason, but ran well despite her worries. I should have been over the moon for her perseverance, but I was not. I felt really crappy later.