by jemi on 23 March 2017 - 17:03
by Sunsilver on 23 March 2017 - 17:03
Many pro handlers have various tricks for doing this, but many of them would get you banned from the show ring for good if you were found out.
by susie on 23 March 2017 - 17:03
By being on the show ground early, moving around, correcting bullying behavior, socialisation and obedience...
by Hundmutter on 23 March 2017 - 18:03
Does depend on the individual dog though, some are just born with a tail set and carrriage that leads to them flying it all the time, like some Husky or other Spitz breed - result of poor breeding, often. Not too much you can do about those cases, even the sort of tail-breaking tricks Sunny refers to.
by Sunsilver on 23 March 2017 - 19:03
Yeah, also lead fishing line weights, carefully hidden in the tail hair...
Susie, never thought of training to reduce the tail carriage. Two thumbs up to you!
by Rik on 24 March 2017 - 02:03
yes, it's a pretty simple procedure. you will want to find an experienced vet but any good show handler can hook you up. It is genetic so if you start with it you gotta live with it.
by Hundmutter on 24 March 2017 - 06:03
Rik is right in saying you have to 'live with' this; you will know if your dog has been operated on, you will know if any canny Show Handler has taught you to cheat e.g. by sticking bits of lead along portions of the tail; and you will go on knowing, if you then breed that dog and risk puppies inheriting the gay tails ... so over to you !
by Rik on 24 March 2017 - 06:03
one very highly rateded s/l dog from a few ago (god bless America and the stars and stripes} (hint, hint0. Had several inches of his tail (long curl) removed from his first puppy outing to his adult showing, Went high select. Jusr sying it happens and is common.
At one time, the top vet for this procedure was in Birminghan Al. Who knows who started out in Birminghan al.
just trying to stir up discussion,
by Hundmutter on 24 March 2017 - 13:03
by Klossbruhe on 24 March 2017 - 16:03
Please understand, I am not talking about a tail which is curved or curled. But a saber tail which is simply too high.
I would never operate or break a tail to achieve the desired result. In the first place, it can be harmful to the dog, especially later in life as old GSDs often have rear spine and tail arthritis. It just is not worth it. There are far worse flaws than a gay tail.