The Best Age For Training My Dog?
the minimum appropriate age is once the dog is 10-12
a dog ever too old to train?
In our opinion, any dog that is healthy can benefit
from training. However, just like humans, the physical
and mental abilities of dogs can diminish with age
and that can impact the effectiveness of the training.
Additionally, the older a dog gets, the more established
the habits become. Consequently, it takes longer
to eliminate an old habit and instill a new one.
The oldest dog that we have ever heard of in obedience
training was an eleven year old Dachshund.
I use food for reinforcement?
Use whatever works for your dog. That could be food,
a ball or toy, or just plain petting/praising.
long should my training sessions be while I'm training
Limit yourself to two (2) or three (3) sessions
per day with each session being no longer than five
(5) to ten (10) minutes in length. The younger the
dog, the shorter the training session should be.
For the best results, train your dog in an area
that has few distractions.
equipment do I need to train my dog?
We recommend a six (6) foot leash, either nylon
or leather. We don't recommend flexi or retractable
leashes to be used in training. You'll also need
a good collar that's fitted properly (we don't want
the dog slipping the collar), treats or a toy, and
water. Make sure you have an extra dose of patience
and a positive attitude.
if my dog is sick?
You probably don’t work well when you’re
ill and neither does your dog. Let your dog rest
and get better. Then you can pick up things just
where you left them.
it better to train my dog when he’s hungry?
In our opinion, yes. Especially if you’re
using food treats as reinforcement. When you get
into tracking you want the dogs to get their meals
on the track