Very Public Refusal
You’ve probably heard about or even seen this clip of a Shih Tzu from the National Dog Show shown on NBC Thanksgiving weekend. Despite all the awwws and laughter from the crowd, and even the announcer’s glossing over it, the clip made me feel sad. We call such behavior “going flat.” With Lilly, it’s a sure sign of a full-on refusal or times that she is saying, “Oh, hell no!” to whatever I’m asking her to do — be it an agility task, a more typical cue, or even entering say the farmer’s market because she’s nervous or scared.
Thankfully, the judge let the dog and handler off the hook.