December 8th 2007 12:20 pm
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It is true that training a dog should begin as a puppy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue training an adult dog or begin training for an adult dog. What you have to realize when training an older dog is that they are already going to have some behaviors defined that can be very difficult, but not impossible to override. There are some behaviors or temperaments that may not be changed. You will find that some dog breeds need to be socialized early on in order to make them great pets for families, to have them around other dogs, or other people. Failure to train the anti social behavior out as a puppy can mean that your dog is a little aggressive towards others for their life. So you first have to recognize what behaviors or temperaments can be retrained with older dogs and what may be lasting. This is in no way asking you to give up, but to be realistic and possibly seek help for training an adult dog.
There are many facilities available around the world for dog training. Some of them specialize solely in obedience schooling while others will train police dogs or show dogs. If you are trying to train your adult dog that has had no formal training and has several bad behaviors it is best to at least speak with a dog trainer or facility as well as a dog breeder. A dog breeder spends many hours with both adult dogs and puppies. They may be able to give you information regarding the regular training your dog should have had and where to go from this point. A professional trainer will often have perspectives on training the more stubborn breeds and offer you help in learning the techniques you can work on at home and in class.
If your dog has had training from someone else you will find keeping up that training and adding a few new skills can be a little easier. A dog that has been trained in obedience and commands will often be able to understand what you want and be more open to practicing skills. The stubbornness of the dog can still be a factor as that is part of some dog breeds, but when trained to obey they tend to be a little better depending on the skills. Keep in mind most stubborn dogs are highly intelligent and just want respect.
You should always spend at least fifteen minutes a day in training with your dog. It helps them to expound energy and it also helps keep the skills fresh in their minds. If you have purchased your dog as an adult from someone else you will need to learn all about the training and skills they have learned. It is essential to keeping them the well behaved dog you have added to your family. Raising the dog from a puppy gives you an advantage of what training and skills you should continue to practice and hone. Remember that it is essential that you know the dogs temperament when you begin any sort of training. Knowing your dog is going to help you figure out the best methods and what they can learn.
For dogs that have been abused you may need to retrain them or help them to push past their fears. Dogs that have been abused often fear other humans, loud noises, going into unfamiliar territory, and they tend to hide a lot or cower. In this case you will definitely need a trainers help that can teach you to be gentle, but firm in training your dog to recognize the potential they have.
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