I am showing a 7 mo old chihuahua puppy and he does really well with movement and stacking on the table. I have problems with him getting his tail up in the show ring when we are free stacking. When he walks out his tail is up and looks great. It is when we are free stacking that his tail goes down. He looks alert other than that. I am using bait in the ring. It works to get his ears up but not his tail. Any ideas out there :) Thanks
Try a squeek toy or candy wrapper. I have noticed alot of judges crinkle a candy wrapper, and the dogs seem to be interested in the noise. Practice with him at home and praise him for being good when it is up. He may just start putting it up as he gets older, and more comfortable in the ring.
Are you talking to him as well? Alot of happy, moochy kind of sweet talk may make him excited enough to put it up.
You may need to get on the ground and hand stack him for awhile until he becomes more seasoned in the ring. Even letting him self stack and kneeling with him, only holding the tail in place.
Going to conformation/handling classes too can help you find that nitch that you need. There you have more time to work and experiment with different things. Also the classes are generally done by judges or pro handlers who will have even more idea to help.
Alot is timing as well. Using bait or whatever he cherishes, toy, etc. talk to him, make a noise...as soon as he puts the tail up, give the praise and the treat. You have to get the timing in which he associates that state with a good thing. If your slow and the tail goes back down, you've missed the moment.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 6/5/2009 1:57:23 AM*** Reason: sp