Greetings:
Queenie and I are starting "Fun Agility" class tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to it and I hope she will like it. The instructor (who had Queenie for puppy manners class) and I had a good laugh at the thought of Queenie doing the weaves. However, she may surprise us, as I'm utterly convinced that she is part, maybe half, border collie.

I am having guilt pangs about taking her and leaving Zoe behind. It's just so hard to explain things to Zoe, the language barrier is rough (get it? har har). I know it's only an hour a week and it will probably good for them to have a small amount of time apart, so I know I'm being ridiculous, but I'm still hoping for some reassurance. Also any tips. The worst fight Queenie and Zoe ever had occurred after I took Queenie to her first obedience class (there were other factors too, though) and that is adding to my apprehension.
What I would like to explain to Zoe is that when Queenie's class is over, I will be taking Zoe to "Tricks and Treats" class.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
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I am having guilt pangs about taking her and leaving Zoe behind. It's just so hard to explain things to Zoe, the language barrier is rough (get it? har har). I know it's only an hour a week and it will probably good for them to have a small amount of time apart, so I know I'm being ridiculous, but I'm still hoping for some reassurance. Also any tips. The worst fight Queenie and Zoe ever had occurred after I took Queenie to her first obedience class (there were other factors too, though) and that is adding to my apprehension.
Zoe will live. Just leave her with big ol' yummies and make sure to do something with just her after you get back (which will also keep the two separate for a bit and preclude any fights). I had a hard time leaving dogs behind at the beginning too (especially if it's Solo) but it's better for all of them to get some one-on-one time and in general the non-participating dogs would rather be comfy at home than bored in the car waiting.
I will say that this is an instance where having three dogs is great no one ever has to be alone. Fly goes to flyball class, Solo goes to agility class, Skeeter goes to the dog-friendly bar, you get the picture. The left behind dogs still have each other.

Melanie Lee Chang * (Email Removed)
Canine Behavioral Genetics Project
University of California, San Francisco
http://psych.ucsf.edu/K9BehavioralGenetics/
I will say that this is an instance where having three dogs is great no one ever has to be alone.

Alas, in my case Saber gets left alone inside when we go out training as a team. He doesn't like it and I can hear him howling. However, it's a somewhat unusual situation (usually I'm home all day with the six dogs, and if I'm out the other dogs are there or if the other dogs are out in the yard I'm inside) and it's really not that he resents the other dogs getting the outing, just that he's not used to being alone. He's getting better about it, too.
(Emmett is sitting on the porch stairs in front of my office window holding the lower half of a rabbit, occasionally tossing his head to get a better grip on it. Ew.)
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What I would like to explain to Zoe is that when Queenie's class is over, I will be taking Zoe to "Tricks and Treats" class.

My preference is to take both of my dogs to everything, even stuff in which only one dog is participating. Depending on the weather and location and the situation, the non-working dog is either left in my van or is crated or x-penned in the facility.

'Natch, this really depends on the dog. Mine look at the van as their home-away-from-home and would rather be there than at home if I'm not at home.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
My preference is to take both of my dogs to everything, even stuff in which only one dog is participating. ... look at the van as their home-away-from-home and would rather be there than at home if I'm not at home.

Same here, except of course that I have three dogs. The only time anybody gets left home is on the infrequent occasions I do JRTCA trials - in which case Brenin and Morag have each other for company. Even at that, sometimes they go along & I just keep them away from the show grounds proper. Haven't 100% decided yet whether they're going to the Nationals with us one or both days next weekend, staying at home with the elderly parental units, or spending the day with Bob and the kids.
My preference is to take both of my dogs to ... be there than at home if I'm not at home.

Same here, except of course that I have three dogs. The only time anybody gets left home is on the ... days next weekend, staying at home with the elderly parental units, or spending the day with Bob and the kids.

I generally take both dogs, but occasionally I like to take one dog by herself, just for special alone time. They both travel with me, but sometimes I take Cala alone to Schutzhund (so Viva doesn't get frantic about not getting worked), and I was taking Viva alone to tracking but Cala told me in no uncertain terms last week that she really wants to track darn it, so she got to come along today.
First time Cala has tracked anyone other than me since she was 4 months old, first time she's had a turn, first time she's had articles, and she was nose deep and fast and dead on every step. I think I have a tracking dog.
Zoe will live. Just leave her with big ol' yummies and make sure to do something with just her after ... one-on-one time and in general the non-participating dogs would rather be comfy at home than bored in the car waiting.

Thanks, Melanie. For some reason, the thought of leaving Zoe with special treats hadn't even occurred to me. I filled a kong with peanut butter for her and it assuaged some of the guilt I felt and probably whatever anxiety she might have felt.
And thanks to everyone else who responded. Both girls handled things fine and the return home was uneventful.
As it turns out, there are only two of us in the class so the instructor said I could bring Zoe next week and she and I could trade off working with each of my dogs. I think that will be fun.
The class was great and I do think Queenie really liked it. We just introduced the dogs to jumps and hoops, and did some weaving around cones. Queenie was initially walking over the jump, so we raised it up for her. She got the hang of it very quickly she has always been one to go over instead of around!

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Greetings: Queenie and I are starting "Fun Agility" class tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to it and I hope she ... to Zoe is that when Queenie's class is over, I will be taking Zoe to "Tricks and Treats" class.

Wow, am I jealous. Where I live, there is nothing fun to do with dogs. There are only dog obedience classes (and not many of them either), nothing fun like agility or "tricks and treats". There aren't any dog parks and I very rarely see others at the kid park with a dog.
Greetings: Queenie and I are starting "Fun Agility" class tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to it and I hope she ... explain to Zoe is that when Queenie's class is over, I will be taking Zoe to "Tricks and Treats" class.[/nq]We have dogs that like to ride in the car but one dog who gets carsick and always has to stay home. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember throwing up in the car and still gets all excited about going for a ride with everyone else. He has no car fear, but we do on his behalf. We have found that the best way to handle it is to get the other dogs out the door from the house to the garage and then give him a really good treat (Greenie or a dingo bone or some Little Cesar's in his food bowl) as soon as all the other dogs are out the door.

He no longer tries to get out the door when they go. He runs to his food dish, which is where we put all the goodies, even if chewies. He probably misses them while we are all gone, but the actual leaving has turned into a good association with him. Maybe it helps that he doesn't see them getting in the car, either. Maybe he thinks we are kicking them out so he can enjoy all the treats himself as he's kind of a prima donna anyway!

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
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