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Old 06-06-2013, 02:50 PM
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Do you notice your dogs have similar strengths/weaknesses? I notice handling both my dogs that despite the two having very different base temperaments that they both run agility extremely similar and react in most training instances very similarly. I thought this was fascinating and it is making me wonder if it is breed or my handling or what?

I would add more but I am on my phone. Have you noticed the same thing?
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:51 PM
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Nope, my dogs are so totally different.
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:57 PM
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My nosework trainer upon seeing Summer work for the first time told me that Summer reminded her a lot of Mia. It's interesting considering that they are almost polar opposites in many traits.
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My dogs work very differently, as observed by both me and others.

They have some of the same training holes, things I don't like to train :P, but their basic style is quite different.

But then my household is weird.
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my dogs always seem to have as many similarities as they do differences
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That is interesting. There are some things, like impulse control issues and cheating, which our dogs get from our handling (we don't have the best follow through sometimes) but mostly they compliment one another nicely.

My boys though, they're both a bit needy, handler obsessive, and while Backups is very mild and Arnolds is extreme they both have some separation anxiety. I think I caused that.
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Well I don't do all the same activities with them so it's a little hard to say. But overall I think while they have learned some similar things about what to expect from me and how to work that, their core personalities and learning styles are quite different.
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My dogs work differently and so I train them differently. Handling in agility is completely different for Zuma and Zinga, same with disc.
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:38 PM
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I'm leaning towards wondering if a lot is just breed then? Im sure things like both being horrible in their crates at class is my doing mostly. I can't say I raised them the same since Summer spent her first four years in a different house.

Mia is totally stranger intolerant while Summer is very stranger friendly. Summer has zero toy drive and Mia has some toy drive. Summer is much more confident and even keeled. In general they approach things very similarly, have very similar biddability although Mia is a little more apt to say screw you. Both are super handler focused/obsessed. Both very exciteable. In day to day life they are very different dogs to own but in a 'working' situation they are very similar.
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Yes and no.

My dogs handle very, very differently. To the point that I am amazed anyone manages to successfully run more than one dog in agility. Meg is mostly retired from practicing, and just runs a few classes a trial now. And I can't run her to save myself. I particularly pull her off obstacles (her point of commitment is about when her back feet land on the far side of the jump) by cuing at "Gusto timing".

However - they do have a similar set of strengths and weaknesses based off my own strengths and weaknesses in training. Both of my dogs have great rear crosses and phenomenal flips. Both have awful pick ups from front crosses. But that's me and my handling, not really the dogs themselves. Both also are huge contact suckers and not tunnel suckers - because I tend to over-reward contacts and under-reward tunnels.
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