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Obedience classes/CGC...separate classes or together?

Going to be registering the girls here in the next couple of weeks (still have to do some more research on where I want to go and what availability is). So, one of the questions that came up were if I wanted to register the girls together in a class or set them up separately? I am kind of torn on this, because the practical part of me wants to do it together (less time lost, less commute, etc). But, then I read that it's preferable to sometimes train dogs in the same household separately. Lena is a little softer, very motivated though, but listens "fairly" well (still gets overly happy about kids, and recall can be a little harder since she loves them). Della is a bit different. She's not soft at all, and extremely motivated. She needs a lot more work than Lena, so this also makes me more inclined to schedule them into separate classes. Can I get some opinions? Is it always better to do these things separately or is it more of a judgment call based on the individual dog's disposition?
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I would do separate classes with them.




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I would do separate classes with them.
Ok thank you for helping me make my decision lol. I figured it would probably be much easier on myself in the long run and the girls if I did this separately. This is what I shall do then
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I too would do separate classes. Too much distraction with them both in the same class.

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I have a woman in my agility class that brings two dogs. Both dogs are so vocal when the other runs it drives everyone nuts. Several times the dog running was distracted by the dog left on the fence.

I've noticed, when the woman makes an error with one dog, she seems to repeat the error with the other. I don't know if it's sticking in her head or if she's losing her concentration because her other dog (on the fence) is barking it's fool head off.

Personally, I'd only bring one dog at a time. Unless I had back to back classes and each dog settles quietly (and safely) in a crate in the car.

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I have a woman in my agility class that brings two dogs. Both dogs are so vocal when the other runs it drives everyone nuts. Several times the dog running was distracted by the dog left on the fence.

I've noticed, when the woman makes an error with one dog, she seems to repeat the error with the other. I don't know if it's sticking in her head or if she's losing her concentration because her other dog (on the fence) is barking it's fool head off.

Personally, I'd only bring one dog at a time. Unless I had back to back classes and each dog settles quietly (and safely) in a crate in the car.
Thank you Lilie, this was something I had not considered, but is a great point. For myself personally, I don't want it to be a distraction not just for myself, but for the others that are also enrolled. I don't want to be the person that has the "annoying" dogs lol. I also want to get the most out of it and the girls too. I think that doing separate classes will be okay. Depending on the scheduling, I might be able to do it where my husband also comes with me, so it's not just one or the other solo. Well, I'm sold then! Separate classes it is
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