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Dalregis



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:42 pm    Post subject: Importance of socialisation Reply with quote

Browsing through the latest KC booklet for judges and stewards I notice ( among other things) that judges shouldn't place a dog who shows aggression or nervousness in the ring.
Some puppies ( and adults) are overawed by being handled by strangers and so could easily have an award being with-held.
One answer to this is to ensure that all dogs have been well socialised and used to being handled by strangers before going to a show. How would you like a total stranger coming up to you and looking in your mouth Question Rolling Eyes
Try to find a ringcraft class or, failing that, go into town with your dog to allow him to get used to strange noises, people etc.
Pat
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donothing



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:19 pm    Post subject: Ringcraft Reply with quote

I fully agree: Even though Phinias is only 14 weeks old he started ringcraft this week so that he can get socialised and get used to people handling and playing with him whilw he thinks it is a game - we travelled 35 miles to a class on Monday which was brilliant and taken by two judges, we travelled 40 miles this evening to their sister class to see what it was like and it was a nightmare as Bailey has a serious thing for mountain dogs, and they for her, and my hand was bruised from pulling her lead to keep her away from the mountain dogs at the class, so next week it will be the Monday class - when it comes to mountain dogs "leave" gets totally ignored she is that in love with them!.

Bailey knows what to do however being reminded in class is good for her, and it is great for Phinias as he gets used to people handling him while he knows no difference. It took me a long time to find a new class having walked out of one previously due to not very nice comments from a person who shall not be named, and the one local to us closing down due to change of how the centre it was held in could be used (shame as dogs shows have had to stop using that venue as well) - this one we got details of at a local(ish) show.

What I did like on Monday and tonight however was that the trainers got everyone to have a play with Phinias, stroke him, and both trainers also took him for a walk so he thought it was normal. When we walked in to the halls Phinias was barking, within minutes he was licking everyone, it is amazing how calm and laid back he became.
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Maggi



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said Pat. If there are no ringcraft classes, then obedience classes will do just as well or in fact anything where the dog meets other people and dogs.

It is important to start the socialisation young. Even if your puppy has not finished his innoculations you can carry him down to the shopas and let people stroke him.
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jabbadal



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another usefull tip we have found is to play noises from a dog show to puppies as they growing up. Particularly if you can find one with a tannoy going off.
If you don't have your own videos then you could always find some on Youtube to play.
Play them when the puppies are happy such as at feeding time or when you are having a game, so they associate it with good things, then you can progress to practising the show stand and having friends going over the puppy while the noise is playing.
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Hebemor



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use scary CD's and play traffic noises, thunder, and fireworks. All played at a level the puppies can tolerate and then gradually up the sound level. any time a puppy shows signs of not liking what they hear the sound is reduced. We do this for short periods from about 5 weeks on.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I can thoroughly recommend the sound socialisation cd's.
Although, I'm sure our neighbours think we are mad, when they can hear the police sirens or guns going off!!
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