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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2010, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I've made the decision to stop protection work with my female Morgan. Our foundation training was solid and all in prey drive. She did not care about the stick or whip as long as she could play the game. Then I was diagnosed with breast cancer and we did nothing for a year. During that time, she became sound sensitive to loud popping noises (picked it up from my setter). Now if any pressure is put on her she drops off the sleeve like a rock. My TD says she reacts like she's been hit with the stick (not to my knowledge), lots of blinking and flinching. She is not having fun. So we will do other things, like agility, obedience and tracking. I have a young male who bites like an alligator and doesn't care if pressure is on, so I can still continue my schutzhund addiction. Have to do what is best for the dog.

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Same thing with Onyx, she was not SchH material and to continue with her wouldn't have been fair.
But because I wanted to continue, had to get a puppy, and all is well!

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If your dog is not having fun, doesn't enjoy the work, then it is always in their best interest to find something else for them to do.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2010, 01:41 PM
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Sounds like a good choice. Good luck with the male.

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Good for you. This was talked about at our club meeting last night. We're going to go with a "lay off" for the dogs who aren't working, then see if they show an interest later.
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so your dog doesn't do well in Schutzhund.
that's ok. some of them do better in certain
disciplines than others.

there's other arenas you can enter. if that doesn't work
you'll still have a nice companion.
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