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Old 10-16-2010, 05:10 PM
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Unhappy Really need some helpful advice

At home Red stacks and walks good, at times he does leans back and huddles up but most the time he is a good lad.

At ringcraft at first he is a stiff bent banana and the last time he leant into me to the point that he lost his balance and toppled over a bit. However he did get better and started standing a bit more positively

Today was a disaster, he would not stack at all and when the judge approached him he arched his back loads, bent like a demented banana and really backed off away from the judge.

The judge was really nice with him but he was having none of it, when doing his walk he leant away, tailed tucked right in, ears down and he just wanted out of the arena.

When I walked him around between classes with Jake his tail was up and curled lovely, he trotted around real proud most the time and didn't seem bothered by all the hussle and bustle of the other dogs etc.

In the ring for his final class at first he was great, attentive, tail curtled up and over his back, ears pricked and then ... suddenly though not as bad as before his tail and ears dropped, he just wanted to hide behind me or try to get up into my arms. He showed better though not great this time for the judge which got him a 3rd place rosette.

What do I do, I thought about taking him to puppy classes for the socialising but I know they will want me to have him learn to sit etc which I don't want. I need to sort out his nervousness, lack of confidence and insecurity.

Any help and advice with be greatly appreciated...

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When you take him in the ring play with him, take a toy and get on the floor and be really silly, maybe stop taking jake to shows because red thinks where is my big brother, we need to find him! And that's putting him off. He needs to get comfortable with just you. If you confident then Red will pick up on that. Remember to always think that u have the best dog in the ring and your testing the judge to pick the best dog!
I will see if I can get him to work any better for you tomorrow.
Well done on his 3rd place xx
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thanks for that Louise. I did notice Red barked and jumped about in his buggy constantly for Jake and when the two of them were together Red was over confident so yes I need to teach him to be independant.

I have the two of them entered NFC tomorrow, do you think its worth leaving Jake at home, gosh I'll miss him lol
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What time do I need to be at the LCC tomorrow giving time to park and find ya
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:24 PM
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No bring jake I like to see him lol, just don't take him when u have red entered for show. X
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He's also going through another fear imprinting stage (6- months so you need to be careful not to scare him

Tbh I think time and practice will help he's very young!! Some dogs just don't like it (I think I have one and tbh if she doesn't like it she won't be shown I know I have the best dog ever)

Try taking him out alone when you go for a walk and walk him on his show lead round the park whatever it can get them use to different sights and sounds and also having the lead round their neck

Bring Jake tomorrow we want to meet him
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Show opens at 9 judging starts 9.30

Early night for me I think!!!'
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I'm just blow drying perry having a disaster I think! Will be a late night for me!
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