I hemmed & hawed about posting this & I'm going off line for a bit, so won't see replies (if I get any!) for a bit.
IF you had a dog who you knew enjoyed working & seemed to have some talent (subjective-I know), but who you thoroughly enjoyed as a house dog/ companion & he seemed to love that role too-would you consider sending him south to train for the winter? I guess if you could ask the dog which he'd prefer-long walks in the snow & training when able, as well as the life of a house dog OR a winter in a (well-maintained) kennel, experienced training,-marks every day, blind work, airing w/ dogs he clearly likes & a chance to go to line 6 days a week...
..what would you do?
Appreciate any input-