SS Cressa Posted July 11, 2011 Report Share Posted July 11, 2011 At what point do you quit trying a sport with your dog? Or give up hope? Troy is 3.5 years old. And I haven't a clue what to do with him. He wonderful with people, adores small females dog, but males dogs or big dog he iffy with. <- that's not really in issue I realize its common for dogs to have preference about their playmates. But for the most part he is a 100% mama boy/shadow. I was hoping to earn his MACH but lower that to just earning his MX and MXJ titles. When I can get his head, he is great, not fast since he goes my speed, but he looks for the obstacles, understands distance, able to take a correction/or being wrong, and is a partner on the course. The only issue is getting his head. He works himself up in a instance and once up he can't calm down or it takes hours to calm him down. He won't be able to be quiet, hold still, or focus on anything, a correction can send him flying into someone else arm(literally). I never know which he will be at a trial which is my concern. At the last trial where he competed at (may 2011) he was wonderful! We even passed a class most of the other runs were baby dog mistakes. Nothing stressful happen he was taking treats and kongs and was just relaxed. This last trial I just brought him to get adjusted since I knew he was out. He wasn't trialing or anything. I left him in the crate and from there it went down hill fast. He scream and howl whenever I left him. He was all over the place when brought out(couldn't hold still), whinning nonstop(even after his massage). He wouldn't even take treats or the kong. Over all it was awful enough that I pulled him from his next show. When he is like that he can't compete. He was like that last year but with a year off and him getting neuter I thought he might improve of stressing like that. He been to classes as just an exhibitor where he get rewarded for being calm, we been to trials where he hasn't run and word on him NOT getting over the edge. There are a couple difference to note that I could think: 1. His sister was there. (cressa was competing and threw a fit when she heard us arrive) 2. He wasn't with his "pack leader" but with the annoying 1 year old border collie. They were both in their seperate crates. And the pack leader wasn't absent just not on the ground in a crate like they were. 3. It was an outdoor trial. Sidenote. The thunder shirt had no effect on him at this trial! Also he does agility cause I do agility and anything I do he wants to do too. He lives to please me. Cressa lives for and breathe agility. I don't want to give up on troy but I feel as if I am close to saying I give up. ETA: when I say he was like that last year I meant: some trial he would loose his head and other trial he would be good. Sometimes he has 2 good day and 1 bad day sometimes it visa versa. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.