Rihtaš mal? Rihtaš?
I've tried google translator to see what it translates to (although, I'm not even sure what language it is), but nothing comes up.
|Chewy at the farm today.|
Brought Oreo to a rally class today. There was a USDAA trial going on down below, and it was a big two ring trial. This set Oreo off from the get go. He saw all the RV's, and knew right away that lots of people would be around. Luckily, our class is held inside the building.
Our first time in the ring didn't go so well. Oreo couldn't focus on me much. He kept looking toward the people and open door which looked out over the parking lot/food truck.
Our second try, I shut the door and our instuctor brought her dog in the ring. She worked her way around the course as a judge would, but with her dog on leash. This helped Oreo immensely. We've tried this before, even had the whole class stand against the wall with their dogs. For some reason, if Oreo knows the people are hanging out with their dogs, he can relax a bit, because he feels their focus isn't on him (or at least that's my read).
I would never have tried this tactic, but am so glad I did when the instructor suggested it. She felt Oreo's issues were mostly with people, not dogs.
You would think Oreo wouldn't want the other dog so close to him, but other dogs don't seem to bother him, as long as they are not seeking interaction. I feel dogs can sense another dog's needs better than people can. I don't have to tell dogs, "please ignore Oreo!" They know it already.
My instructor said that I should ask for a modification in the rally trials. I should ask the judge to be in the ring with another dog! I wish they would go for that! If dogs could have an IEP like my special ed students, I would surely put it in there as a testing modification.