Crappy story that happened at the show Saturday
We were waiting for a pre-novice obedience class to finish up at the GSD specialty so I could do my CGC, when this woman put her black lab in a downstay. That I did not notice. What I notice was her forcing the dog's head into the ground. She did this ten or more times.
At one point I heard the dog wimper. She was really pushing him into the ground.
I was standing near but could not hear everything said.
I heard her say something about training dogs for some type of service.
I heard her say that he hunkered up just enough to pee. I took it that he peed in the ring and NQ'd.
I heard her thank the judge for allowing her to correct her dog in the ring.
I was disgusted. But felt I must just be a total softee. I said nothing and took the test with Joy.
About 1/2 hour later, I was talking to some of the people watching from inside the hotel, members of our club. One was a breeder of GSDs, the other was one of my puppy buyers -- a former breeder of GSDs. I mentioned the woman putting her dog's head in the turf.
The one woman was as mad as I was, saying "what was that all about?" I talked about it for a few minutes, frowns all around.
Later on the way home, my friend who I drove with -- also a GSD breeder, club member, show and performance person, she was insensed about it as well. She was also right there in the tent where I was taking the test, so she also saw the whole thing.
All these people have been doing this stuff for decades, I am the youngster in the crowd. None of them said anything, but all were insensed. My friend I was driving with said I should have said something. Beside the woman with the dog's friend, I was the closest to her, I gues.
I have gotten a CD on Arwen, but that is the extent of my straight obedience experience. I generally find the subject and the people stiff and terse and many of them act like we rally idiots are red-headed step children or more like the servants' brats. I felt unsuited to say anything.
I guess I should have trusted my gut and told the woman that this is still an AKC show, and mistreating a dog could be reported and penalized. I did not though.
So what do you do? You see something that makes you downright mad, at a show, do you say something? Do you complain to someone? Do you keep quiet?
If your novice or pre-novice dog urinated in the ring, what would you do?
It happened to me only at a match once, and while I was embarrassed, I did not do anything to the dog, I thought I should have gotten their earlier and let her eliminate before going in the ring, I blamed myself.
There is no title for pre-novice obedience. What is the big deal if the dog NQd anyway. It is not like they get title legs for it? What a waste of anything positive for the day for that dog and that person.
At what point does a performance sport become all about me and all about winning and not about the dog or having a good time with him?
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to get ribbons, especially those that accompany the green ones. But I cannot imagine taking it out on the dog.
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Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.