Anyone have any tips on training a dog that is past puppy stage?

United States
November 13, 2006 4:09pm CST
My dog is going to be 3 soon and the only thing she knows is her name and "go to bed" I'd like to teach her to come when called and to stay down. Any tips would be welcome.
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• United States
3 Dec 06
You train an older dog just like you would train a puppy. It just takes a little longer because they're not at their prime learning stage. So it will make it a little harder. But they still learn the same way. I got one of my dogs when he was almost 2. All he knew was his name...which I actually changed after I got him. Now he knows sit, lay down, stay, go to bed & he is much better on the leash than he was. He's almost 4 now. He still doesn't like to come when he's called when we're outside. In the house he's fine though. The best way to teach that is to give a treat EVERY time they come to you. I taught him this much...I'm going to get a trainer to help me with the rest. Hope this helps you. :)
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• United States
4 Dec 06
thank you, my biggest problem is that she doesn't come when called outside and I'm afraid she will get hit by a car like my other dog did :( I got the other dog when she was 3 or 4 and she knew her name and would stop when you called her and look at you and then take off like a rocket. There was no way to catch her as she was so fast. You could open a door and feel her zip by and by the time you realized it was her she was gone.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
The best thing for that is to get a 20-foot leash & use that until your dog comes to you EVERY time you call it. The 20-foot leash makes your dog THINK it has freedom, but you still have control over it.
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