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Old 07-11-2013, 03:50 PM
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Ok so I know this is not a big deal but what would you do?

We are taking a session off from agility classes after next week until the weather is not 100 all the time. My trainer is doing a tricks class and I want to go with one dog. But I don't know which dog.

My trainer wants Summer. She keeps suggesting I sign up Summer. I know it's mostly because she looooves Summer.

I kinda want to take Summer. Summer is a great tricks dog and knows more tricks than Mia. To be fair though Mia learns some things faster- jumping over my arms and anything involving moving around me for example. I think summer would have more fun though. On the other hand I think Mia would have fun too. She loves shaping and clicker training. It might help boost confidence. Mia needs lots of that. Summer though is so social and would enjoy hanging out with her favorite people more.

Dilemma: summer is in nosework now and Mia is not. So if i signed up summer then Mia would not have any classes and Summer would have two. I feel guilty.

One other option would be to see if my nosework instructor would let Mia drop in even though she's way advanced compared to Summer and her class. Mia adores nosework.

Both dogs in tricks class is not an option.

So basically... I want to take Summer to tricks class but feel I should take Mia. Wwyd?
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:54 PM
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Is Mia aware summer is doing nose work...?

Because unless she's somehow become capable of knowing then I don't think she'll mind

I do understand though, but it's our silly nonsense, I don't think the dogs care as long as they get to play and walk
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:55 PM
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If I were in this situation, I'd say I'd split classes between them, so each of them had a 'thing'.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:57 PM
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Mia knows when I'm going training. From my clothes to the bag I pack... And she gets excited every time and wants to go. Of course they both do. It's probably just me being a silly human but I feel bad that Mia isn't going to get to go for a whole month.
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:59 PM
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Mia knows when I'm going training. From my clothes to the bag I pack... And she gets excited every time and wants to go. Of course they both do. It's probably just me being a silly human but I feel bad that Mia isn't going to get to go for a whole month.
Then there's your answer.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:00 PM
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Sometimes a break is good for a dog.

But I think a tricks class could really benefit Mia too.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:15 PM
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The way I see it, tricks classes are a good way to keep your dog mentally stimulated without the pressure of "having" to learn something. It's for fun, versus agility or obedience where there is a sort of pressure to do things right.

I would take Mia.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:18 PM
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I would break down and have a class for each so as to avoid the guilt.

Or, you could try doing something different with Mia, like a fun, new, but class-less activity to make up.

It sounds like you want to take Summer but guilt is making you think of Mia.
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:47 PM
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I would take Mia, tricks will be good for her impulse control, they build confidence AND you can use them to keep her focused on you for going to startlines, during startlines or waiting in agility etc.
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:04 PM
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I would take Mia, then you have some weekly lessons with both of them
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