you want to show it helps if the puppy is taken to exemption shows before
being plunged in the big ring at a big show, having never been anywhere
before. I spend too much time on ten-month old dogs suddenly taken on
a long journey to a championship show without any preparation whatever.
They have only been in the car to visit the vet and are car sick which
is not a good start to showing them.
of them were bulldogs that just lay down as soon as they got in the ring
and refused to move. They had never been out of their kennel and run before.
They were driven one hundred and twenty miles to a big Championship show.
never did get over his terror, but the other, after some months of training
and re-assuring and gentle exposing to busy situations, did get Best In
Show. Another dog that came to me, who had not had enough exposure to
busy places, was so fascinated by the world he couldn't concentrate for
a minute. He wouldn't stand still, wanted to play with other dogs and
was generally a nightmare. We taught him to concentrate. He started lessons
in June, got his first C.C at the beginning of August, and he gained his
third CC at the end of November.
His handler had not been taught proper ringcraft. Now she is doing extremely
well with two of his sons. Sometimes there are no good local ringcraft
classes. It is worth watching the top handlers, if that is so. There are
also times when someone may not want to train a dog that will be competition
so the teaching is not as good as it should be
Sadly the people who bought his son did not listen to his breeder and
did not bring the dog for lessons till he was eleven months old and had
made a complete fool of himself in the ring at a big show, having been
taken there without any preparation whatsoever. Calming him is something
of a nightmare.
recommend that the pups are driven somewhere daily when first bought and
carried before the date the vets say; none have ever come to harm. Those
treated like this don't turn into the nightmare dog that snaps and snarls
at people and other dogs, because he has never known anyone but his breeder
and then his new owners.
My last GSD was born in a boarding kennels and must have seen a hundred
people and many different dogs before I brought her home. The whelping
kennel was in a corner of the boarding block and every dog had to pass
it on its way out and in when exercised.
that breeder's bitches whelped in the same kennel over the years. On fine
days the pups were in a pen near the road, saw traffic, sheep, horses,
and a flock of tame doves. The pups went out in the car whenever the breeder
went out himself, taking them in turn, three at a time in a box, with
someone beside them to re-assure them.
I have never had a pup like this one. With my other dogs I did have to
spend time getting them used to the big wide world. She already knew it.
These experienced puppies are so easy to train as their brains have been
challenged. Kept away from the world and protected, they start with a
major disadvantage, which is compounded if the owner is told not to train
ill six months old.
My 'new' dog is a four-year-old Labrador who led a very restricted though
very happy life before she came tome. She went to a few shows, was walked
in isolated places and spent much of her time in a kennel, as she lived
with seven other dogs.
I didn't realise this. I took her with me to the hairdresser, as my dog
is very welcome there. She got under a chair and refused to budge. I thought
I would have to spend the night there. It took nearly an hour to coax
her out. Now, eight months later, she can't wait to get there as she always
gets a fuss and a biscuit.
There are other problems due to that lack of early massive socialisation.
She had never been alone until she came to me and for weeks I could not
even walk out of a room without her panicking.
Unless they have training and guidance the dogs teach themselves. They
race around, won't come when called, run off and seem to have suicidal
instincts because of that. They jump on people. This in itself adds to
the anti dog feeling. I can sympathise as last May a stray Labrador got
into my garden. While I was trying to get him on a lead to wait the dog
warden he jumped at me in sheer delight and knocked me over and I dislocated
shoulder. It is still not right.
Another dog greeted his owner like that on the garden steps and she fell
down them and broke her arm. My training slogan is that we want to produce
a dog that the neighbours
love as much as we do.
many of my owners tell me that people say to them, 'Isn't your dog good?
Aren't you lucky?' Their answer always is 'no, it is not luck'. It is
attention to training him to be sensible from his earliest age.
people think training is for competition but it is not. There are only
certain things a dog can do. Originally all that was wanted was for the
dog to understand the words sit, own and stand, to come when called, to
stay when told, and to walk without pulling or dragging.
the years that has changed and now it is unrecognisable. But there was
tennis before Wimbledon, and many people enjoy playing at a much lower
standard. There was training before Cruft's. The Kennel Club's new Bronze,
Silver, and Gold medals recognise that and is one of the most sensible
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Nobody's Dog. Can I be Your Dog?
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Puppy Rearing to Avoid Aggression.
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