Misbehaviour in ring
Hi Chihuahua experts,
I'm very new to Chihuahua breeding and showing, and hope that someone here might be able to help me.
My wife and I have a 10 month old longhair bitch bred from champion lines.
On her first show entry (puppy class, at 7 months) she won the challenge. Her behaviour in the ring was exactly what it is at home - bright, confident, outgoing.
But in the 5 or 6 show appearances since, she has misbehaved terribly. No aggression, but she cringes away from all contact with the judge, and cannot be persuaded to hold her table-stand position. During the walk segments, she 'crab-walks' on the lead, and drops her tail, and looks like a complete mess.
However, at home with our other chis, she is outgoing and confident. She walks with her head and tail held high like there isn't a problem in the world. But if we walk her alone, away from the others, her walking behaviour turns into a mess, just like in the show ring.
Can someone please offer some pointers as to how we might work to break her out of this?
Thanks in advance if you can help