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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by BessieDog, Nov 7, 2012.


  1. BessieDog

    BessieDog PetForums VIP

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    You may have read in an earlier thread that at a championship show on Saturday I wished the ground had opened up and swallowed me as Bess was so misbehaved. I've been trying to work with Bess since, but yesterday she completely refused to stand for me and I was about to give up on trying to show her. However, after an abortive training session she then proceeded to be sick, and continued being ill for the rest of the day so I put her reluctance to stand down to a tummy upset

    Ringcraft training tonight. I was in two minds whether to take her, but in the end we went. She exhibited all the bad behaviour she had shown on Saturday, but this time I had people who could see the problem and could really give me advice. At one point we had a timeout and were sent to sit away from the others to allow her to settle down. By the end of the evening she was free standing and looking great. They also emphasised that she is still a puppy, and should be expected to behave like one.

    So rather than feeling like hanging up my showing shoes I'm feeling like grasping the mettle again. Ring craft is great for giving that extra support. I know people do prepare their show dogs at home, but for a novice handler and a novice dog I don't think you can beat a good ringcraft training venue. :D
     
  2. BobbyBrownDog

    BobbyBrownDog PetForums Junior

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    Your dog is at that age likened to teenage adolesence, so naughty behaviour is to be expected unfortunately, but im glad she framed her self eventually for you.

    Bobby is starting the same - selective hearing etc.
     
  3. WeedySeaDragon

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    I loved the ringcraft classes we took our whippet to. They were great for socialising (both us and him!!) and I wouldn't have had a clue where to begin without the classes and his breeder, who also takes her dogs to the same class!

    We never ended up starting showing with him, I think we left it a bit late and he was never really into it. We're hoping his half brother will take to it a bit more and we can get out to some shows next year :biggrin:
     
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    Great news you got some pointers and are back on track. Never have shown this lot, but I found at training, they could be stars one week and then wouldnt do a thing the next in the early days and they were especially young.
     
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    Great News!
     
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    Good news :D.
     
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    I'm so glad you feel motivated again, you sounded so deflated the other day. Hope Bess' tummy is better today.
     
  8. BessieDog

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    Thanks - yes, Bess is 100%. It was only a 24 hour thing. :)
     
  9. BananaBassett

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    So pleased :D !!
     
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    Just come and watch me with Rhuna at a show, I am hopeless at preparing her, although I have now invested in some good quality feathering scissors so my efforts at trimming round her paws and ears don't seem quite so harsh! And I am hopeless at training a stand, and sometimes she trots beautifully round the ring, other times she decides it's a competition to get the lead out of my hand and skitters round like she's on roller skates on an ice rink.

    I was at the NEFRA show on Sunday gone with her, met up with a few friends and made a couple of new ones. For me it's the taking part that counts, whether or not we're placed, on this particular occasion there were quite a few pups/dogs that were shrinking away from the judge, they were really spooked by him, even though he was very gentle and coaxed them round eventually, so when Rhuna stood rock solid just looking at me, and gave him a cursory fuss when he was looking her over, and he could look in her mouth without having to wrestle her to the ground, I was very proud of my lovely girl. The fact that after seeing her move (think above roller skates description) he said if there was a first place for skidding round the ring we'd have it cornered, just made me laugh.

    I was told off by a friend for my efforts in preparing her, and am now setting aside 10 mins per day to train Rhuna and Zasa to stand, and try and build in a command to encourage Rhuna to wag. Zasa seems to stand naturally, Rhuna sometimes tucks her back legs under a bit too much, but boy am I glad I have *free standing* breeds and don't have to stack them!
     
  11. BessieDog

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    I won't prepare Bess myself - there's a groomer close to me who shows Irish Setters herself, so I'm taking Bess to her. The reason is I used to try and trim my English Setter himself, and his ears were always terrible. I think he was as embarrassed after one of my trimming sessions as my son was when I tried to cut his hair! (Son demanded a proper hairdresser once he was old enough to talk!) :D

    Bess has started standing quite nicely without too much fiddling from me, so I'm working on that. My reasoning is that she is happier without having her legs moved, and at the moment standing still rather than rolling on the ground would be a good step forwards. I stand her quite a few times a day - whenever I do into the kitchen, for example, during the evening in the lounge.

    I have met some really nice people at the shows I've been too - one from this forum, and a couple from a setter forum I'm on. I was a bit surprised on Saturday to find strangers coming up to me and saying 'Are you Trish?' Please tell me how they recognised me, other than I was the only one who didn't have a clue what I was doing with an out of control setter? :rolleyes: Anyway, they gave me a lot of encouragement and tips which was really nice.

    Thank you for telling me about your girl skating round the ring - gave me a laugh! When I'm at a show I only seem to notice the perfectly behaved dogs - although one nice lady sent me a PM on the other forum saying that a Champion 8 year old bitch who's been showing all her life played up as much as Bess in one of the later classes. :D
     
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