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Discussion in 'Handling Techniques' started by pah1701, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. pah1701

    pah1701 Forums Novice

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    I just started handling dogs and i was lucky enough for a very nice breeder to have me handle his sheltie.she has 8 points and he's depending on my to finish her. She beautiful but the problem is she will never perk her ears for me. No matter what I do. She cares more able what's around her than me. So does anyone have advice on how to maybe get her ears up and how to get her to focus?
     
  2. ClantyreSheltie

    ClantyreSheltie Forums Sage

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    Reduce her anxiety. This is a socialization issue.
     
  3. Bradt9881

    Bradt9881 Forums Enthusiast

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    If she won't bait for food, try using a small toy and throw it.
     
  4. tofu pup

    tofu pup Moderator

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    Agreed. If she has eight points, I'm going to assume that she put her ears up for someone. It's likely that she just hasn't had enough of a chance yet to feel at ease and confident with her new handler.

    Is she staying with you, or are you picking her up at ringside? Are you doing her grooming, or is her breeder handing her off to you already done up?

    It's normal Sheltie behavior to take some time to warm up to new people, especially if they are asked to "work for" them. I recommend investing some time in getting to know her - she may have to come live at your place while she's being shown so that she has a chance to get to know you.
     

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