Wow -- some dogs just do not do well in the ring, even though they are great dogs to show. I would try taking your dog to parks, or somewhere there are a lot of other dogs so he can get accustomed to being near lots of dogs. You may also consider signing him up for a show, but not showing him, just take him around the other dogs...let him do his thing without the added pressure of showing him. Maybe he will adjust. How old is he ? What breed ?
7 GSD's and one... well he just showed up and now he won't go. Neutered him, UTD on shots now & on heartworm preventative. He is a sweet little guy that had been abused (we think) not fond of kids & men. Don't know what he is other than a sweet heart. He is now fine w/men & loves my son. Taylor
Minime --- In some areas they hold sanctioned matches, or fun matches. Many trainers even do it. Just like a regular show, but much more relaxed and LOTS of room for mistakes, corrections, and socializing. Have you tried any of those ?
A few, but I have done it in conjunction with the show that day. I think that I need to pull from shwos & just do the matches. I am thinking of sending him to a Professional Handler just to make the dog travel. No enters, just a few brisk walks around ring throughout the day. There is no way to get the dog the experience other than being there. Pet Stores don't come close to the noise, the dogs, the people & smells of a dog shows. AT ALL! Thanks, Taylor
We have had some luck building confidence in conformation dogs by enrolling them in agility. They seem to really enjoy it and after a few sessions they start looking forward to going, and therefor looking forward to being with other dogs. That way you get a double benefit as well as it being fun and you getting your exercise too. At handling classes, about 3 times a night everyone stands in the middle of the ring, yells, whistles and claps their hands as each dog is taken round individually. The two sessions before a show can see 30 dogs at a drop-in session. If nothing else they become accustomed to the commotion and close quarters.
I have thought of that, but was not sure. I have soem agility equioment here, but I think that I will search for an actual class. I have been wanting to get into agility anyway... Now here is my kick in the butt to get to it! Taylor
At shows in the vender's section, usually in the grooming supplies venders, they have this stuff that is called "K-9 Calm". It looks like it is in a shot, but all that you do is squeeze the right amount into their mouth.