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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:eek: 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:eek: He was a little over a year.
:rofl: that made my eyes water!
 

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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. :p
 

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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.
I agree with this unless your dog is just starting. She needs to learn first and distractions later.

We are doing this now with Zena in agility. My wife is doing the training. I went to watch and it was really funny at first because the dogs are not on leash, just a tab. She took (Zena) every opportunity to race over to me. It was hard for me to ignore her, you know the big puppy dog eyes and tail going a mile a minute. Anyway after just a couple of sessions she is almost over it and our instructor thinks it's great for me to be there. She doesn't even care if I distract other peoples dogs as long as they are o.k. with it.:):)
 

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My last "interruption" I tried sneaking in. My wife called and told me sign up for the next group of classes was filling up and it had to be done right now. It didn't work, somehow he caught me hiding behind the desk, probably should have just walked in normally.

Anybody work on not being a distraction successfully? I would like to go watch eventually.
 

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I think it may be easier when the dog is just starting as opposed to never seeing the family and then they show up a few sessions from the end of the course. As you posted, now Zena is 'almost' over it! Just think if you showed up next week without her ever seeing you there, then it would be harder to deal with...jmo
 

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Not to argue Jane but Zena has about a year of agility behind her so she knows the basics. Anyway you could be right.

I was just thinking of obedience where distractions are introduced after the dog knows what is expected.
 

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She was finishing the last couple classes when I showed up the first time. The second time was bad because they were evaluating them and she and ranger had just begun the course. I'll have to go with her at the start of the next class and get him use to it.
 

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we were competing in Novice obedience this weekend. My daughter was stewarding in the next ring and she walked past our gate, escorting the competitors for the "down stay". Singe walked right out the gate and followed her
 

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I haven't been but I sent my daughter to the car during training once and never took her back. I guess I should have used her whistling as a training exercise.
 

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I had our trainer handle Traveler during his first attempt at his BH since we thought he'd focus more. My husband and I even drove our car a half mile away from the trial grounds. Well, low and behold we look out and "Hey, here comes Traveler!". He looked like the devil himself was after him :laugh: The trainer said all was sweet until he got to off leash part. Bye Bye! Where's mommy???

The end of the story is we went for the BH again a few weeks later with me handling him. Yup, we got it no problem however I did make my husband stay out of sight. :D

I guess the take away here is Traveler wanted some family but too much? I was never able to train away "family as distraction".
 

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We all park ourselves ringside when my dogs are showing (with a handler). It's never been a problem. Though one time my best friend came to watch Carly show and sat ringside. Carly was being gaited around the ring, stopped and stared at my friend ("hey, I know you!") and then continued on. She went Winners, so it didn't hurt her any. :)

Actually I am banning all my friends and family from watching me take any of my dogs into the ring, once we get ready to show in obedience or rally. Not because of the dog possibly messing up, but they will make ME nervous. I prefer an audience of strangers, LOL.
 
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