Chris Fraize wrote:Karen,
Riggs has been shown and NEVER stacked they proper way. He is not pushing her buttons he just doesn't understand what she wants. Though we have bred and finished Grand Champions, we do not put much into conformation competitions.
You could easily put the dog in avoidance of the stand and coffee cans if you do it wrong. This would make his obedience and personal protection work much more difficult.
You write as if you know the dog. Have you ever met Riggs?
Gee Chris from all your postings you seem to say you necer make a mistake. Are you saying you never taught the dog to stack yet expected him to go into the show ring without the proper training? You're the one saying stuff about him testing her etc. That is pushing buttons is it not?
You never had the dog on a grooming table? As in off the ground? A pause table? The cans are the height not the total width. What dog is going to be averse to atanding on a 1x1 platform or even an 8 inch by 8 inch one that is STEADY? If he had been taught stand and stack as a puppy and stand for exam (part of obedience is it not?) then showing him would have been easier all the way around, right? According to you the dogs are exposed to all sorts of new things so standing less than a foot off the ground and learning to set 1 foot at a time ought to be a piece of cake, right? After all he's been on far scarier things, correct?
Funny you billed him as show quality yet you are stating you never taught him how to behave and trained him properly for the breed ring and have no truck with conformation showing. Odd comments that, seeing how you billed him as show worthy and all.
Michelle asked for advice and I gave her some that actually works. Worked on Poms, Pits, and a freak of an Ibizan. Are you saying they are able to handle it more as a new experience than this dog?