Does anyone else have dogs that are family dogs and get quite stressed when the family unit separates.
My daughter does obedience competitions and I am her designated driver and helper. The problem is we can't quite nail what is the best position for me to be in whilst she is working our dog (Shelby). If I disappear off prior to the show Shelby will be constantly looking for me and trying to pull to where she saw me last. On the other hand, if I stay in sight near the ring, my daughters success rate has been mixed. On some occasions Shelby is not bothered by me, but on other occasions she won't stop looking at me. When it goes bad for her, it looks as though I am deliberately trying to mess her up and I often get comments from people telling me to move away. But what they don't realise is that Shelby will run out of the ring if I leave.
Anyway we are working on distraction techniques with Shelby, but I just wondered if anyone else had this problem and how they dealt with it.
Yes! Well, sort of. We do fun shows and once she's in the ring, Ellie will cry and pull if she can see anyone from our family. What I tend to do is get them to move once we leave to go in the ring i.e. we'll walk one way, the rest of the family will go another way. Or, I'll try and make sure that I end up standing somewhere that she won't be able to find them.
Oddly enough, Ellie is my dog and is usually a bit of a pain in the house if I'm not in, but she is also very aware that there are usually 4 people in the house and doesn't settle fully until everyone is in. So if we're out as a family, or even just in a pair, if one person goes off somewhere (like the toilet), she will cry until they come back. This also applies to my cousin if she's with us. We went to a dog show in the summer, just me, my cousin & her little girl. We took Pepper & Ellie and in the queue to register for classes, my cousin moved away from the queue and Ellie went mad so I had to let go of her lead so she could go to them. Immediately, she wanted to come back to me. So she's just a bit silly.
If I was close to my daughter and Shelby once they walked in the ring, Shelby would definitely be looking for me if I then walked away. If my daughter walks off for a while, Shelby still wants to return to me. The only thing I can think of, is that if my daughter goes off for a significant time prior to a competition then hopefully it will give her time to forget about me. My only concern is that my daughter is only 13, so I want to keep a close eye on her. I think maybe she should take Shelby off on her halti for a while (as she is strong) and I can follow her at a distance without being seen. It is a real pain as my daughter has Discovery Dog competition in October and I don't want to mess it up for her.
That's understandable paul. Does your daughter walk Shelby alone ever? And how does your daughter try to gain Shelby's attention back if she gets distracted in the ring?
I wonder if you could find a treat that's extra high value to her that only your daughter could use, so that even if you're there, Shelby will pay attention to your daughter rather than you. I suppose this might only work if treats are allowed in the ring during a competition. If they're not, it could still work if your daughter only ever uses that particular high value treat when training as then Shelby will be expecting it during a competition and hopefully pay attention.
Another thing that could work is if you walk with your daughter to the ring, but then sort of hide behind a bigger group of people once they get into the ring. That way you'd be able to see what's going on, but hopefully Shelby won't be able to spot you.
Hi Orpheous87. That's a good idea, I will try and get some special treats just for my daughter to use. My daughter only ever walks with me and the dogs. Its a quandary what to do, as I know it would definitely be beneficial if my daughter walked Shelby on her own, but she is just 13 years old and I am not sure I am happy letting her walk her without me. Shelby is very good and not as strong as our other dog, she also walks nicely on a head halti, so I know my daughter would be fine. I am just concern about those rare situations when a nasty dog approaches her. We have a patch of grass over the road from our house, which I think I will let her go over to. That way I can keep an eye on her through the bedroom window. I am close by at shows and it does work ok some of the times, so perhaps I shall try standing a little further back each time and close to other people (as you suggest). Thanks for the advice.
That sounds like a good idea paul. I can definitely understand your reluctance to let your daughter walk Shelby completely on her own. There are too many incidents involving unfriendly dogs these days. Things have definitely changed even since I was a teenager and walking my own dog and my neighbour's German Shepherd with their son who was even younger than me. I don't think we'd be allowed to do that nowadays. But the patch of grass across from your house sounds like a good compromise.
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
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caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
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scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
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scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
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