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At what age should obedience training begin?
- Basic training, like walking on a leash, and behaving should start the day
the puppy walks into your home. It should be positive reinforcement of good
behaviours, and happy happy training. But I've always found a little
negative reinforcement of truly undesirable behaviours like biting to be
Puppy kindergartens are a wonderful learning experience for both dog and
owner, and are a great place for hte puppies to socialize so that they don't
grow up fearful or agressive with other dogs.
Take the advise find a good training club or school near you. Check to see if there is a local dog club there should be people there that can lead you in the right direction. Check out the AKC's home page for local clubs.
- Hi there.....
Obviously the younger the pup the easier he will be
to live with. Just make sure if he is really young
that you do not train him for more than 15 minutes at
a time. They have short little attention spans!! I
think any dog at any age can still learn a few tricks.
I rescued one of my pugs 5 years ago when he was 4 yrs
old and he came in 4th for puppy class. This poor dog
had no socilization with people or dogs so being small
and non-aggressive he went with the youngsters.
I asked my vet for any reccomendations for dog training and wouldn't you know 5 years later and
3 more dogs I will now be training myself to help
other with their dogs. You could also ask friends
who have dogs where they went to class. GOOD LUCK
- Obedience training should begin as soon as a pup is weaned. we have many
breeders call us up for consultations to give their litters an extra 'edge'
in obedience before they are sold. When you buy your pup at eight weeks,
making obedience a routine thing is the best way to acclimatize the dog into
listening to you. All 7-8 wk old pups are capable of learning sit, come,
down, stay, heel, etc. You must avoid any exercises however that might
strain the ligaments or joints of growing dogs. As you can see, most of
these exercises can be accomplished off leash in your home.
Amelia Fernandes-Canine Citizens College
- Is anyone familiar with Clicker Training for Maltese? I really don't know
much myself except that my 4 y/o male rescue, who is basically VERY sweet
and VERY loving, does have this habit of snarling/growling/biting anyone who
gets in the way of him greeting me (i.e., kids come back in from short walk,
he runs to see me, kid in the way, trying to get his attention, dog bites
kid). I think my Maltese was previously owned by a one-person family and had
little or no obedience training. I was told the Clicker m ethod is
especially helpful for this type of aggression. However, I can't seem to
find a place that does this. Even my vet's office didn't have a clue. Where
is this training being done? I am only aware of a book describing the
method, and one fairly expensive private trainer who will incorporate the
clicker into their regime, if requested (but who wasn't available in my
area). I'm in SF Bay Area if anyone knows of Clicker Training being offered
around here. Thanks.