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Boredom in the ring

Discussion in 'Showing - questions and answers' started by Cilvya, Sep 17, 2006.

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  1. Cilvya

    Cilvya Boxer Pal

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    My 1 year old girl, Jade, has been showing signs of ring boredom. I'm afraid she's becoming too much of a pet. I've been confining her to her crate much of the time and only letting her out to have a play time and free run of the house after I've worked with her for about 5 minutes. I've been doing this 3-4 times a day. I had read that they're supposed to associate the "work" with the play time that follows and become excited about the "work". So far, this isn't working with her. She stacks nicely for me, but is gaiting with her head down. She doesn't look excited in the ring anymore and just seems to want to get it over with. I talk excitedly with her while I'm working with her and act like it's fun for me. I just don't know what to do anymore! Her co-owner and breeder is talking about taking her for a few months and I don't want to do that. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
     
  2. Darbysmom1

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    Is there a reason she is in her crate like say you are at work or something? I would think when she firsts gets out of her crate she would want to have a little fun and relax. My dogs have free range of the house and I will take some bate out and work with my 1 year old for say 2 minutes then maybe play with her a little and be done they get bored really easy. For down and back I like to start to take her for a walk let her go potty sniff ect.. then get trot down a little ways and free stack or to get her to look ahead throw some bait ahead and let her run to it and find it. ( not in the ring of course )
    Some dogs just dont like to show either that is sad but true. I would try to mix things up remember even at a year she is still a puppy. =-) good luck..
     
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    Very sad, and very true. Some dogs just don't enjoy the show life. Our Annie is that way. She loves going to the show and seeing people, but in the ring she's out of control and uninterested. Her grand-dam was the same way.
     
  4. Cilvya

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    There is someone home at all times usually to let her out for potty breaks. I read in a book, written by a handler, that if the dog gets bored of the ring, ignore her most of the time. Then take her out, work with her for a short time, then play with her or do her favorite thing with her so that she associates her working with getting to do her favorite thing afterwards. This is very hard to do when there are kids or others in the house who just want to play with the dog. Jade is a show dog, first, then a pet. It's hard to show a pet. My Max hated the ring and he is a gorgeous boy. After I work with Jade, she gets to play fetch and then come inside and run around with the kids for about an hour or so.
     
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    No it's not. All of my dogs are pets/members of the family first, and show dogs on the weekends. With the exception of Annie, I don't seem to have this problem when showing my pets. Then again, I don't keep them confined to their crates and only let them out for 5 minutes 3-4 times per day either.

    I don't think this is what the author had in mind by ignoring your dog.
     
  6. JulieM

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    I agree; I don't think the advice translates to everyday. If you're not actually at a show and working in the ring, you're just depriving her of human companionship and interaction. At a show, if the dog seems bored by the time you get in the ring, then yes, leave her crated until just before she goes in.

    That's a good start, but now look for ways to make it fun for her. Are you using bait/toys at all? While you want her to be able to stack and gait without having to feed her, bait or toys can appropriately be used to get her attention, get her on her toes, and give her the 'spark' you want to see. You might consider Karen Pryor's "Click to Win" - it talks about clicker training for the show ring (which can often improve attitude from the start), and has a chapter specifically on games to play in the ring while you're waiting, which will make ring time more fun. It is no longer in print but is available for download from Karen's site; you can get individual chapters, but I recommend the entire book:
    http://clickerpets.stores.yahoo.net/cltowiavford.html

    Your best results will probably come once you change this attitude. Show dogs should be pets first - the underlying relationship between dog and owner is far more important than show wins.
     
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    Please don't take this the wrong way but I find this whole thing very upsetting. I know NOTHING of showing AT All so you'll have to forgive me, but perhaps your dog is depressed? I wouldn't expect a dog to be happy at all if locked away for it's life and then only taken out for your own needs. :( What a sad life this pup leads. I cannot fathom doing that to a Boxer pup who has such a high energy level.
     
  8. Darbysmom1

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    I think now days you will find 90% of show dogs are pets first show dogs second and I think like julieM said once your attitude on this changes you might see a huge diffence. If you are stressed and only trying to act like you are having fun she can tell and might react different if this changes. I think you are on the right track reading the books and doing your best but I also think what the author ment by this was take her out to work with her not out of a confinded area or crate.
     
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