Hello, Im new to your forum. I have a Toy Poodle, Bullmastiff and a Standard Poodle. Just a bit of history I just got my standard 2 weeks ago, She had matts to the skin and I worked very slow and removed all that hair. I have 22 hours in that my gosh it was sooo sad. I was told she had been showing in puppy class and had done very well. Here is the thing if I get out a collar or a leash she drops her head and wont even come to me. She hangs her head down to the floor like she is so sad. What is wrong. She is a very sweet girl and loving I just dont know what is going on. If you can help me help her that would be great.
I dont know she came from a lady that shows Standards.In every other way she seems fine. The only thing about this is how do you show dogs and let them get so bad. Not kidding her hair was mats you couldent even feel skin. You dont know how many times I just wanted to sit with her and cry. Im so glad she is here with me.
Just be sure to give her lots of love and playtime! Reward her often (words, a pat, treat) when she is doing things right so it builds her confidence.
When she does do a bad try not to yell. Speak firmly so she know you don't approve about apparently someone yelled (or handled her too roughly) already.
With her collar and leash on you may want to start with her being comfortable first. Slowly build up to "eye contact" and then proceed with walking. She will come around once she knows she's not a bad girl. Constant praise and happy voices will let her know she is doing well (and a treat or 2).
It's great that she's in good hands now! If you do want to show her but are worried about her shy/timid behavior - positive reinforcement works wonders.
It sounds like she was abused and it also sounds like you were lied to about the showing. A standard needs an awful lot of careful grooming for show and it just doesn't make sense that the dog was matted to the skin if it was being shown. I agree with beagle/bassett that it will take a lot of care, treats, gentleness, and happy voices to teach the dog that she isn't always in danger of being hurt or yelled at. Usually collar/lead shyness is from a dog having its leash yanked hard and used as a punishment or being used improperly as a tether to keep the dog tied up short so it doesn't run around. Keep telling her she's a good dog while you pet her and show her the collar. Try to always have the collar in your hand or hanging out of your pocket when you pet her until she just ignores it. Do this while you are sitting or crouching down as much as possible so you seem less threatening. She'll come around.
ok thanks for the help we will just go slow, But she will walk away from me as soon as I pick up the collar so Ill need to hold on to her. She is only a year old. When I got her she was in a show cut the one thay put them in for show if over a year old. It looked to me like she just cut out the pattern and left the rest. Her hair was 8 inches long. I dont want to show her, I just wanted her for my pet. Also she is really not shy and she loves her new brother and sister she just wants nothing to do with the collar or leash. To me she acts like that is a bad thing. Gosh I really dont need a leash she wont leave my side lol. Ill do what ever it takes and we can go slow. I just dont understand this lady shows dog for others and what happend to this baby!!!! And yes I know she shows I saw the pics. I guess I just dident get the truth, Thats ok I know shes happy here and she loves my bed lol. Thanks for the help.
I wouldn't think the dog was abused jus tbecause of that. Riddick *Hates* putting his collar and leash on, for any reason. Once it's actually on he oculd care less, but when you get it out, he gets all dodgy and lowers his head and looks utterly pathetic. He's never been abused a day in his life.