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Gaining confidence on the table

Discussion in 'Dog Shows and Events' started by Sparkle, Mar 29, 2011.


  1. Sparkle

    Sparkle PetForums Senior

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    Hey

    We've just started Ringcraft again as the original one we went to was a bit overwhelming for both of us! Oh Lotus is 9.5 months.

    Anyway my girl is shy with new people.. I've socialised her til I'm blue in the face and she's not happy on the table! She stacks fine at home, in the park, on people's garden Walls (so if you see a chi stacked on your wall I apolgise lol), friends tables, garden tables you name it she's ok!

    Put her in Ringcraft and she is on a suicide mission last week she tried to jump OFF the table this week I got her to stand and she shook lol I shouldn't laugh but she looks so pitiful and then when people come to go over her she backs off and tail goes right under an she gives the look :(

    The problem I have is getting her more confident I'm getting told conflicting information from different people at Ringcraft some say feed her so she associates the table and new people with good things (makes sense) another said be firm force her to do it (tbh I don't like this I prefer a nice approach)

    She moves fine and free stands on the floor no problem just have an issue with the table!!

    Does anyone have any ideas?? Unfortunately I don't know enough random people to go over her :(

    Many thanks in advance
     
  2. Born to Boogie

    Born to Boogie PetForums VIP

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    Hi,
    I have been on Paddy Driscoll's courses http Teamwork Training - Dog Training Services
    and she is brilliant. She really helps you see it from the dog's point of view.
    Other than that, I wouldn't force your little girl. I think ring craft can be quite frightening for sensitive adolescents.
    What about entering some open shows and treating those as ring craft. I found outdoor summer shows great practice and much less stressful. You wouldn't know it was the same boy as the hysterical "yob" at ringcraft :)
    Linda
     
  3. Sparkle

    Sparkle PetForums Senior

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    I'm just outside of London paddy is in Lincoln I Thibk :s

    See that's how I see it and putting a 7inch dog on a table is like us being told to stand dead still on the edge of a mountain!!

    Well I would but I don't want her to dive bomb off the table infront of everyone you know could be a tad embarrassing lol

    I hate conflicting information I'm going to have to say something next week were going to go to a different class on thurs and maybe fri too so hopefully eventually shell just realise it's not so scary

    Shed be ok if it wasn't for the judge lol
    Thank you for your help :)
     
  4. Sparkle

    Sparkle PetForums Senior

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    Yup mine too!!! This woman was elderly and quite old school I look like I'm in my early 20s at a push I'm not lol add 10 years I'm also a mum but she spoke to me like I was 5

    'this is obviously your first dog'
    Me 'nope not at all I have another and she's a very confident dog'
    'stop feeding her'
    Me 'eh?'
    'stop distracting her with food tell her to stand be firm raise your voice she will stand'
    Me *puzzled* 'oh um but that's not what everyone else said'
    'do you understand me?'
    Me 'yes' shuffles off scared haha

    Seriously I felt like I was beig told off my the hea mistress
     
  5. Sparkle

    Sparkle PetForums Senior

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    Not really but a lot better you can touch her without her trying to escape but she still gives the look!! However if I have her munching on something she will stand there happily
     
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