If you’re entering a local dog competition you’ll want your canine pal looking his absolute best. That means he’s stood upright, looking lean, and standing to attention. That includes his tail! If his tail always drops then he doesn’t look happy and he’s not going to be able to strike the right pose. There is no room for mistakes if you want the perfect shot, so that big, bushy tail needs to get in line. Alternatively, if you’ve got friends and family over and you want to show them a giggle-inducing party trick, then making his tail stand to attention never disappoints.
This type of training is about more than keeping his tail up, it’s about drilling into him discipline and control. Control that you can use to teach him a range of other commands to get him marching to your beat and signing to your tune.
You might think training your dog to raise his tail is going to be a challenging, but it’s actually surprisingly straightforward. Once you understand that he raises his tail when he’s happy, you just need to find a way of triggering instant happiness and excitement. That way whenever you give the cue, his tail will quickly jump straight up. As you can probably imagine, nothing gets dogs excited more than some irresistible food. If he’s a puppy he should be eager to please and straightforward to excite. It may take just a few days before you see consistent results. If he’s older and his tail has been drooping for a while now, then you may need a couple of weeks to get the message across.
Training him to keep his tail up will help you get that perfect Snapchat story. It will also make him picturesque for any dog show you want to enter him into.
Before you begin, you’ll need to collect a few bits. Find his absolute favorite food and break it up into small pieces. Alternatively, stock up on some tempting treats. You’ll also need a clicker for one of the methods below.
You’ll need just 5 minutes a day for the next week or two. You’ll also want to conduct your training in a quiet room when you won’t be distracted by a noisy household.
The only other things you’ll need are patience and an optimistic attitude. Then you’re ready to begin!
hiii, so my dog came to me when he was 7months old and nobody before worked with him for show he is wagging his tail at home but when we out of yard and house and on the show he doesnt wag his tail, do you have advice??? (sorry for my english not my first language)
Hello Roja, Pup's tail is usually an expression of how he is feeling. The best way to get a dog to carry their tail happily and confidently is to build that dog's overall confidence and level of happiness around the type of distractions often found at dog shows. I would spend intentional time taking pup to lots of places with dogs and crowds of people, like farmers markets, outside mall areas, parks, dog clubs, and other local events where pup is welcome. While there work on pup's obedience but also make the experience really fun for pup. Use pup's favorite treats, like real chicken or freeze dried liver. Keep your enthusiasm and energy high and excited. Act silly and animated, confident and very happy yourself! You should feel silly you are so enthusiastic and fun. When pup gets a bit worried about something, do a little dance and get pup excited with you. You want pup to begin to associate groups of people and dogs with things they love to build confidence and enjoyment, so that confidence and happiness will show in the ring as well. Pay attention to your emotions and energy at shows too. Shows can be high pressure for you, and mean long days. If you are stressed, pup is going to emulate that too many times. If pup can tell that you are enjoy yourself, they are more likely to relax too. The more the two of you practice around crowds and get comfortable with that, the less pressure you will probably both feel at shows also. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Kelsey will not put her tail up in the ring. From the very beginning of her show career she just has a fear of showing. No reason too either. She can do it, she has 2 5 pt majors but I cannot get her to walk in the ring with her tail up straight. I have tried food, toys. I don’t know what to do.
Hello Jeanette, This sounds like a confidence issues. I would start by determining what's making pup feel nervous? Is it the noise, the other dogs nearby, being touched by the judge, the way you interact with them in the ring, or something else. Watch pup's body language and notice when pup subtly shrinks more, gets tense, or relaxes. What's changing in their environment when those things happen. I would work specifically on desensitizing pup to the different elements of showing that make them nervous - like having lots of different friends practice giving pup a treat each time they touch him to associate touch with good things. Visiting other crowded areas with lots of noise and playing fun games and acting silly to get pup's energy up in those types of environments that mimic the ring. Watching your own nervousness and body language and seeing if pup is responding to your own nerves. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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