I’m being brave and taking Pascale to the horse show with me this weekend. Typically Eliot is my go to travel dog, but he came within milimeters of biting a child in the face at the last show I took him to. I wish I was joking, but it’s the truth. Also, he get super anxious during the packing up period (which can take hours). I think it’s better for everyone that he stays at home in an environment where he’s very comfortable.
Pascale on the other hand, loves children. She also gets along well with other dogs, and travels in the car well. Since I don’t like to travel 100% by myself and the weather is mild enough to leave her in the car if needed, I’m taking her to the show with me on a trial run.
So I’m asking readers for any tips to create the perfect horse show dog!
My plan is to bring the puppy pen for her while I can’t be right there. She is crated during the day at home, and does very well with that kind of confinement. I figured I’d get some extra special chewies go give her for her “quiet time” in the pen at shows.
My biggest concern is the hotel. At home, Pascale is a bit protective of her property. She gives a nice deep warning bark when someone approaches the house or if she hears something that sounds like a knock on the door. She also likes to go in the yard and give strangers hell sometimes (our house backs right up to a storage facility with a shared fence). Truthfully I don’t mind these warnings at home, but in a hotel they aren’t acceptable.
The plan is to reprimand the barking if and when it happens, tire her out at the horse show as much as possible, and bring a suitcase for her toys and treats. Do you have any other suggestions for me?
Also, what are your favorite and most annoying traits of a horse show dog? I think dogs can make a great addition to the horse world, but it has to be done responsibly. Cross your fingers we don’t get kicked out of our hotel before the show even starts!