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    Default Nervous Lades + Update on Dog Club.

    I regretfully pretty much screamed at Lady on Friday for ignoring my comands. No lectures, I feel absolutely terrible about it
    Anyway, now she's really nervous in this particular area, no where else. I need to reassure her its a happy place to be but its a bit hard cause she doesn't play with toys and isn't incredibly treat orientated.

    So, im kinda stuck. I don't know how make her feel comfortable again? Just cuddle and pat and speak in a happy voice?

    On another note. Me and Lady joined dog club yesterday. I had to chose between 'beginner puppy' and 'beginner adult'. I chose the second option and was told what we would learn from the club. How to sit, stay, heal, drop etc. etc. I explained, she's actually 8 years old and knows all that stuff, im really just here to do agility.
    I was put in a group of 1 year old pups that were learning recall
    I was kinda annoyed cause the trainer comes over and goes 'oh how olds she?' and told her she was 8 and she exclaimed 'wow she started obediance late!' and before I could explain, she walked away!
    Hopefully we proved we know what we're doing and can be moved up next week
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    Urg!!!! That sounds annoying!!! If it is anything like the dog club we joined and left they think they know everything and tell you how to even hold your lead!!!! I hope it is not like that!!!!

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    I think you treat the screaming place as you would normally (no screaming and no reassuring). Otherwise you just add to doggy aprehension.

    Is there anything that Lady enjoys doing - chasing you, playing tug perhaps? Or just give her lots to do and loads of praise for doing it.

    As for the obedience stuff, I think you will need to find out who the chief instructor is and hassle them for immediate promotion. Find out how they promote dogs - if it is like my club - a dog graduates on the last tuesday of each month, and if you miss that, you stay in the class you're in. So it could take 5 months before you complete grade 5 and are allowed to do agility if you don't hassle someone. All you need to start agility is a reliable recall, and ideally a nice stay/wait - but not crucial.

    If you wait for them to notice and promote you - trust me, it won't happen. What you might do is just join in the class at the level you think you're at and dare them to chuck you out.

    We have a dedicated agility club, and I was talking to one of the members at herding classes today (we're beginners at that), she said they didn't have obedience and didn't ask her to do any tests. I guess if her dog had nicked off and interfered with all the other classes - they might have said something, but it is a well behaved dog. Did very well at herding too.

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    I'm with Hy here Myf, just pretend like the screaming bit never happened, no extra reassuarnce, nothing special about that part of training at all. If she seems a little nervous with it, just do it quickly and super casual, the slightest good result from her gets instant praise.

    Try having a chat with one or two of the instructors at class and let them know haw much you've done. Again, Like Hy said, keep at them. Squeaky wheels get the grease remember? Not quiet ones.

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    Ok thanks guys. I know you're not meant to pay attention to a dog being submissive, but I wasn't sure about only being submissive in a certain area, I just feel so bad.
    I'll just treat it like normal, hopefully she'll feel comfprtable asap.
    Thanks again.

    As for Dog Club, we don't need to be in any of the obediance classes, but I feel rude if I come to this brand new club and say 'stuff the obediance, put me in agility', but it sounds like I basicly might have too...
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    My suggestion would be to seek out the chief instructor and ask to be tested to see what class you should be in.

    At our club no dog under third class and under 1yo gets into agility.

    That means the dog is under control while off lead, knows sit/stay, drop/stay, come and can heel off lead. Havng all the dogs at this level it means that most of our agility dogs are very quickly up to the competing level. There is no squabbles or worries over aggression even though there are some aggressive dogs in the class but they are kept under control by their handler

    We tried it with dogs of lesser obedience and it wasn't as enjoyable and held back people who had put in the hard work.

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    Aussiemyf&, no lecture from me, that's for sure. I have done what you did, and I know you feel like someone ripped your heart of through your nose afterwards.

    Why not, when you are sitting on the couch and snuggly with Lady, apologise to her like you would to a person? She won't understand the words (well, probably not!), but YOU will feel better.

    Then when you are at that spot again, be calm, calm, calm, and instant praise as soon as she does something responsive for you. It won't take her long to figure it out.

    Good on you for joining doggy club!

    I had been thinking of doing that with Rosie, but the Xrays when she had bloat showed the development of arthritis in her shouler blades at spinal juncture, so her agility days are now officially over, and walkies is pretty much it (except for her cutting the snake in the back yard when it's cold!). Enjoy it for us, too!

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    Oh I already have apologised to her!
    Along the lines of; 'Im sorry Lady, I just got angry cause you are such a smart girl and I know you knew better than that, I love you Lades, poor poor bubba'.
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    What the others said about getting where you need to be in dog club, I second/support.

    Submissive? Not the right word? Anxious, or scared - that's what you don't want to encourage.

    A lot of people call my dog submissive, but I say - you try catching her when it's time to go home - submissive - not a bit, she's not doing what she's told.

    And I've watched champion obedience dogs just lose all sense of what they're supposed to do in a new situation eg sheep herding or agility. Yes - fine with recall in obedience class but I'm not coming when you call until I've done the dog walk and the tunnel and said hi to two of my friends...

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    After I growled - ok, yelled- at her, I called her over and she slunk to the ground and crawled over and then got to my feet and rolled over. That was when she was submissive. The rest of the time she was just anxious/scared.
    Your post has reassured me actually Hyc. If it happens to the best of dogs, it means I shouldn't get as angry as I did.
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