Duramax Posted February 9, 2005 Report Share Posted February 9, 2005 Hi- Charlotte, my 2 year old BC, and I have been taking weekly agility classes since October. She is your typical BC- wants to work, work, work, herd, loves her toys, loves performing her tricks in front of people, loves having a "job" and absolutely loves agility. Just a very outgoing happy and healthy BC. At home practicing she is great, and up until recently she has been a shining star at her class as well. However, about a month ago, as "graduation" from our beginner class, we had a mock competition among the members of the class... complete with whistles and spectators. She went nuts when she heard the whistle. And went bonkers when the little crowd clapped. (She's always had a clapping phobia.) She tried to drag me to the gate that leads to the parking lot and was extremely agitated. She didn't want her squeaky toy and refused treats. I had trouble getting her to focus on me. When it was our turn, she wouldn't jump a single thing and she went and hid in the tunnel. (Everyone but me and the instructor thought it was cute- I was horrified! I couldn't get her out! Talk about a bad case of "tunnel suck!") Now, three classes later, she is still shutting down on me (although no where near as bad as the mock "competition" day). At home she is still great, but she gets so stressed during the class if any of the handlers clap or make any other loud noise, or if the dogs themselves make a lot of noise (the sound of the dogs running through the tunnel scares her now). She is miserable- you can tell she isn't having any fun. She goes really slow through the exercises and still sometimes won't chase her toys or accept treats. She also still tries to hide in the tunnel or any other "safe place" (under tables or chairs or in the kennels lining the room) any time she can. I've been careful to try and walk the fine line b/w comforting her to try and make her more comfortable vs inadvertantly rewarding her for this behavior. I try to be as upbeat and positive as possible to try and rekindle her former passion for agility, but its not working. My instructor suggested Bach's Rescue Remedy. Any thoughts or suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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