Biscuit

Is 1 years old too old to train a dog (pitbull)?

and if not how can i train him to do things like walk on the leash well not chew things up while i'm gone roll over lay down you know the basics?


Asked by Biscuit on Nov 26th 2007 Tagged traingingpitbullrolloversitpuppy in Behavior & Training
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Cooper

No dog is to old to learn new tricks!

All you need is patience, consistency and praise.

The easiest way to learn these things is to:

Google-basic obedience dog training
Go to the book store and read about dog training
Call a dog trainer to teach you the basics
Watch the dog whisper on the Discovery channel


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Moxie

Not at all! No dog is too old, let alone many consider 1 year olds to still be puppies... you could try enrolling in an obedience class for beginners to start things rolling.


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Abby

He's definitely not "too old". Actually, there's no such thing as a dog that is "too old" to learn new things, even if the old saying goes that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Dogs, unlike people, live in the moment. So every day is a good day to start teaching your dog something new or to correct problem behaviors and make changes when they are needed.

For the "basics" - walking on a leash, sit, down, roll over, etc. - I would suggest you enroll in a good training class. Most classes do puppy class (up to a specific age) and basic obedience. Basic obedience group classes would be best for you.

The problem of chewing everything is something that you can't learn in class, it's something that has to be addressed at home. Since it happens when you're gone, the solution is simple - don't give your dog a chance to make bad decisions. Place him in a room where there's nothing to chew of safely crate him - for your AND his safety.


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Lily, CGC, Ringo, CGC & Ebi

First, oh Biscuit, you are a cutie pie!!!! That face is just wonderful!

We have two bulldogs and have found that the "bull" breeds can be very stubborn but very trainable. We did basic training ourselves then went to a professional for additional training and eventually passed our CGC tests. I saw that you are in the NY area, there is a wonderful trainer by the name of Beth (Best Buddy Dog training, beth@bestbuddy.biz) that we used. She does house calls or group classes. We found the training not only to be great for our dogs but really a fantastic way to bond with our dogs as well.

Best wishes!
Apryll (aka, Lily & Ringo's mommy)


Lily, CGC, Ringo, CGC & Ebi answered on 11/27/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer