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Is it too late to train Winston? I saw Tori Video...OMG....

so adorable...

so seriously is it too late at 2 years old? Or is there still hope??

Amanda do you have tips, hints posted somewhere?? Book etc.??

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What a slacker I've been .... Oy.

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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!

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Thanks Amanda! Love the Hawaiin photo by the way!

He still hasn't mastered sit. LOL.

But sit stay down roll wave would be great.

I've got work ahead of me. When I have all 3 in school all day this will be a great focus for me.

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So no book just treats....

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You could even train a 10 year old dog. Give it a try

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Trish- Definitely get a book cause it helps to have different ways to try things.

I got this one this year- it is the one I used in a few minutes and taught Dasher to count.



I also like this one on little dogs



But go to your library and check out a bunch of books and flip through and see what makes sense to you. Cause each person and each dog has a relationship and you can figure out how you guys mesh the best. Some people love clicker, some are overwhelmed by it, and others don't use it effectively. But it can be a great tool. I find with Dora who is super sensitive to me touching her while training, clicker can be great. Dash and Belle could care less what I to do them, they know they can earn a treat.

Also if you need visual learning- try youtube or see if there is a tricks class (most do require formal obedience first). But I did a trick class with Belle a few years back and the great thing was each person picked a trick and we all broke it down to each other how to train it.

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