How to stack a dog – The right way
We’ve all been there, your out in the show ring without new puppy, and u know at any minute the inevitable “death roll” is going to happen when it’s time to walk your puppy. So now it’s time to get serious, you know that just winging it didn’t work, so now the real training begins.
Welcome to Carolina Bully Farms class on “how to teach your dog to stack”
I started showing dogs about four years ago, soon after I started breeding, and I went to work talking to the best of the best to find out how they get these amazing animals to be so in tune to them. I took tips from everyone I could talk to and decided on which ones to incorporate into my training. Here is what I learned and techniques I developed as well.
I put these steps to use to make one of my dogs a Grand Champion and to make two of them Champions.
The first thing you need to do when learning how to stack a dog is “become one with your dog” this is easy, it just requires you spending time with him and making sure he knows that you are the person he looks to in every situation, just bond with your dog. I think the best way to do this is to take him on car rides with you, just you and him, he will love it.
Now comes the training, first off, before you can teach your dog, you have to know what to do. You need to watch some show ring footage and learn what your job is in the ring, you need to be consistent in what you ask of your dog, so you can’t change what your goal is halfway thru.
Confidence is key when learning how to stack a dog, dogs have a “pack” mentality, and you need to put off the vibe that your mentally strong enough to be his pack leader. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when your practicing.
1.always have your dog on your left side
2.always be calm and confident while you train(if you get mad, take a break)
3.use a show lead, not a regular collar
4.practice in small increments(5 minute sessions) build up
5.have fun, if it’s like a game to your dog, you have succeeded
When practicing remember dogs are like young children, they have a small attention span, so instead of training for a long time, keep it short and do it multiple times through the day. Don’t stack till your dog messes up, let him quit while he is ahead. And always reward good behavior, rub under his chin, this will increase his confidence.
After a few days of practicing of how to stack a dog, just you and your dog, bring in a friend, have them “judge” you, make sure your dog is comfortable stacking while his tail and bite is checked.
Keep this up with these tips and you’ll be stacking like a pro in 2 weeks.
Here is a video of me and GrCh King Tut demonstrating.
Thanks for reading and GOD BLESS