First welcome back stranger! I would get fish smacked with the book-lmao! My pups are far from perfect! Those who have been on the phone with me can hear that when I arrive home
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! Especially for a hav (I might not say the same for a maltese!) Seriously though, Belle never took a formal class until she was 4 years old and every time she qualified in obedience (note that part!) she took first place no matter how many dogs were there including Dora. But with fun and treats, they will do anything. You just have to make it fun
and if you put the effort in, so do they. Then you can take away the treats, add distractions, and get them to show off. Just think small steps and a little bit at a time.
There are tons of methods to train anything and you have to find out how your dog works best. I personally do a lot of luring and my dogs love it. So if you have heard- for those who tell why the dogs always love me, I always keep a few treats in my pocket or mouth, etc and just have fun. I am lazy and this is a great way for lazy people to train. What dog won't follow a cookie?
What do you want to teach Winston? I always just try to take something and use common sense to break it down into baby steps. It is easier to communicate with your dog this way.
Amanda who has also been a slacker in the trick dept lately!