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Old 08-08-2009, 01:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Training older dogs

Since I brought this up in another thread I thought I would start a thread here in the Obedience Training section.

What I am curious about is whether the older a dog is, the more difficult it is to train them? Are they more set in their ways and it just takes more time with them or how does that work? Lisa? Others?
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most dogs i have seen have things they will work for and if you make the dog work for the food or the treat or praise then it shouldn't be hard to train always make them work for there reward be it food or what ever. i have got a lot of older dogs when they were adults and its a little harder in my opinion but not impossible. you just have to put the work in. im no expert but i have been there.
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Sometimes it takes longer and is harder because the dogs are set in their way. You have to basically retain the dog. It is not impossible of course, I have retrained ,many of my older dogs including Tempest who has no formal ob training for 4 years and now I am getting ready for the SchH 1. I prefer to train them as pups for working dogs but adult dogs do ok if started later in life. What you need to ask yourself is what are your goals with this dog? Just pet obedience or competition type obedience?
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What you need to ask yourself is what are your goals with this dog? Just pet obedience or competition type obedience?
Just pet obedience and not being so excited when she sees another dog or going crazy when someone rings the door bell or the mail man comes.
I don't spend much time with her for training though so it is my fault mainly. She knows sit, stay, stop but that is about it. Being 6 years old and a rescue she seems hard headed although trainable I am sure with enough patience.

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Is she barking when the bells rings? do you have a command that means stop barking?
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Is she barking when the bells rings? do you have a command that means stop barking?
She does more than barks, she acts like a K9 dog ready to attack. She is very protective. I don't have a commmand that means stop barking other than, "Shut up!"
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Teach her a command like "quiet" that means she has to stop barking. Put her on leash and set her up with the door bell. If you want her to bark once or so then let her. But when you say quiet she needs to stop. If she doesn't you can pop the leash and reinforce the quiet command. If you use a slip chain or a prong you can use that to correct. The key is setting her up to correct the behavior so you are not caught off guard. Hire a kid down the street to ring your doorbell and set her up for this she needs to be on leash. Later on you can start to phase out the leash. Another alternative is white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and every time she barks, spray her and say "quiet".

You should be able to enroll her on some obedience classes to work on everything else. Those are easy fixes.
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Thanks for the tips Lisa. I will have to try that.

One day the Schwan man came and rang the doorbell (they are a home delivery and mail order of frozen foods) and I leashed her. When I opened the door to talk to the guy she leaped up at him through the screen door. She get's overly protective that way although she is not human aggressive at all and loves attention from anyone.

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