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Old Apr 4, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Our first AKC trial is approaching, but I have not trained Bailey to feel comfortable being measured.

Any ideas on how I can get her used to it? Unfortunately, I don't have access to a wicket.

Can I feed her treats while she is being measured?
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 10:47 AM
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Yes you can feed her treats while she's being measured. I would get her used to placing something on her shoulders while she stands on a table. You can use a large ruler or a book and just place it over her onto her shoulders.
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 10:53 AM
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That's great that I can feed her treats! For some reason, I thought you weren't allowed to feed them treats while they are being measured.

I have a yard stick that I can use. I can place her on my living room ottoman and put the yard stick on her back. That's a great idea, thanks!
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Old Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
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They will probably tell you at some point to back away with the treat, just so it gets her head straight and she should relax a bit so they can get an accurate measurement. Some judges spend time getting to know the dog too so it's not as scary.
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the pups were measured at Sheltie Nationals- the VMO did spend some time with them. but their wicket made this swooshing noise when it was lowered- Dixie didn't like that so was very tense. good thing she wasn't the one on the edge........

I don't think either time we used treats.... probably will depend on the person measuring.
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