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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone Else Banned from Spectating?

I was told not to come and watch my wife and ranger in their rally class. The trainer said I was too much of a distraction for ranger and he loses focus. I already limit my interaction with him, all fun and food comes from DW. I don't have a problem with it, I want them to do well, just curious if anyone else has similar issues?
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If you ever go to a trial to support her, Ranger needs to learn that you are to be ignored.
I've seen dogs at trials scent their handler's companion or family members and get so distracted they don't perform well. I'd rather use this scenario as a training 'aid' than forbid a family members presence during training.

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I usually went to classes alone with Russ. We also did a rally course. I brought my daughter to watch & he was so distracted by her being on the sidelines. He was constantly breaking focus to look her way & started to lunge towards her. I told the trainer it was a bad idea to bring her, she was the opposite & said he needed to work through those distractions. She is famous for pulling spectators from the sidelines & putting them to work, having us walk around them, etc. LOL

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It's a rather common problem, actually! When I was doing AKC obedience, I had to ban my husband from the show grounds because my dog would get distracted when she saw him and forget what she was supposed to be doing. But I do think it's something that should be proofed during training, at some point.
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We are working on it at home now. She works with him and I sit on the steps or swing or pick weeds out of the garden. Once he ignores me, I'll bring out one of my kids. Do you think this will help?
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Yep, Tempest and I can't go to Havoc's Nosework class. The beginnng Nosework was right before Hav's advanced class so we thought cool, we'll go together and I can take Temps to her class and hang with her during Hav's class. Nope, Havoc would have none of that. He got frantic during Temp's runs and couldn't focus in his class.
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One night we were doing a practice rally course. Took Rusty off leash. We were doing good & then we passed a little girl eating a ice cream cone on the side. He broke off & tried to lick her ice cream. I could have died He was a little over a year.
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One night we were doing a practice rally course. Took Rusty off leash. We were doing good & then we passed a little girl eating a ice cream cone on the side. He broke off & tried to lick her ice cream. I could have died He was a little over a year.
that made my eyes water!
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Oh, there were jokes a plenty for the rest of the season. He thought that little detour was fine. lol
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-29-2013, 08:06 PM
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I have the same issue with herding, if my husband comes anywhere near the pen Ollie stops what he's doing and runs over to him. So for now he's not allowed to stand next to the corral.

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