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08-27-2014 03:51 PM
canyadoit You bet it will learn lots from the older dog. Mostly dog things . I believe the older dog will help with interpretation of all imposed human rules and interactions with.
08-27-2014 03:42 PM
Waldi Absolutely yes!

I have 12 year old golden and 1.5 year old gs. What we have noticed immediately, first thunderstorm, my old dog was never affraid of thunders and puppy looked bit uneasy, but after seeng old dog calm she calmed down as well. This is one of many examples of behaviours that she picked from my old dog, some such as barking at the door when somone is approaching not sure if that was desirable but now both do the same thing. O one more thing they go to bathroom often at the same time LOL.
08-27-2014 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by trcy View Post
I think they do. We in jest say our oldest dog raised 3 puppies. You can't expect the puppy to just learn everything from the older dogs. They still need to be trained. However, some things they will learn from them. For example, every night they all go out to potty. I tell the puppy we're going to potty, but the other two dogs are running out to the potty area and the puppy will follow.

They still need lots of training though.
Agree with this. I allow my baby puppies free access to my adults; I never arbitrarily separate my dogs (of course when I'm at work, the puppy is confined to a safe area). The puppies follow the adults and it's really helpful. I do the same with any foster dogs, they are basically thrown into the mix and given a fresh start. I don't coddle dogs based on their past, everyone in my house plays by the same rules and expectations and enjoys the same things regardless of age or breed or training. They all figure things out pretty quick. I've never had potty issues where a puppy refuses to go outside. Mine just follow the adults out and see everyone else takes care of business first, so they do too. The adults give the puppy confidence and someone to follow as they are learning things like going up and down steep stairs, whether or not they are allowed on certain furniture, where the back door is and asking to go out. I also allow my adults to "help" with mealtime manners. All of my dogs are fed together, I just set the bowls down about 6 feet apart. I allow the adults to fairly correct a puppy for diving into their bowl and the pups learn real fast that they don't have to steal food, everyone gets fed at every meal and there's no reason to be a bully about food. They also help keep each other exercised. I still do individual training and physical activities, but right now I have 10 month old GSD and a young pit bull and these two will wrestle several times a day for up to an hour at a time. If I get up, everyone runs to me, so it's not like my dogs are only bonded to each other. No, they all want my attention! But they are great for also keeping each other entertained in ways only dogs can do.
08-27-2014 01:55 PM
scarfish We got our 2nd puppy when the first was a little over a year with formal training and a cgc title. Within 3 months the new pup knew everything needed to pass basic obedience plus some without having to train it a single command. All from watching the older one. Pup was super easy to raise having the older one.
08-27-2014 12:56 PM
Originally Posted by joshj408 View Post
. I'v heard that new puppies can "learn" or catch on from current dogs that you might have but i'm wondering if there is any truth to that....
Yes! I never get a new puppy until my last dog is solid on commands. Normally 3 or 4 years old. Stable puppies quickly pick up on what are accepted behaviors and which behaviors are not accepted.

I can't think of one basic command that I teach that puppies haven't seen the older dogs do first.

I currently have a Blue Lacy who, at 2 years old, has never, ever refused a recall. He has no idea that is even an option for him. We began training with my GSD who is solid at recall. The dog before him was solid. Ect. I still utilize individual training methods, but I'll use every tool in my tool box when training.
08-27-2014 03:22 AM
lauren43 They can learn the good habits but they can also pick up the bad ones just remember that. I too am hoping the older dogs will "help" with potty training but I'm not expecting too much. I know I have to set the pup up for success and give them the opportunity to do the right thing!
08-27-2014 01:42 AM
trcy I think they do. We in jest say our oldest dog raised 3 puppies. You can't expect the puppy to just learn everything from the older dogs. They still need to be trained. However, some things they will learn from them. For example, every night they all go out to potty. I tell the puppy we're going to potty, but the other two dogs are running out to the potty area and the puppy will follow.

They still need lots of training though.
08-27-2014 01:37 AM
Colie CVT As others have said, I wouldn't rely on the older dog completely, however the younger dogs do seem to try and imitate the behaviors of the older ones. I didn't worry much about having Doyle off leash because Leia and Myles stay close to me and come when called. He would follow them and if they were hanging around me either sitting or laying, he did the same thing. He figured out how to play fetch and frisbee this way too. And most recently he learned that swimming is a ton of fun by following my golden out when he'd jump in for toys.

I do work with him on things, and he figured out that going inside wasn't a good thing since mom would get upset and make him go outside. He also picked up that yelling at the cats to keep them out of the room was somehow okay lol. Leia doesn't like them coming in, and not stopping that is my fault there. So they can learn from their elders, but it depends in some ways too on the dog and the bond with the other dogs.

Doyle wants everyone to think he's one of the cool kids too.
08-26-2014 06:10 PM
Charliehound Yes! My pup Jack has definitely learned from my old dog. For example, I didn't have to physically show him how to sit or lay down. When I gave the command to the older dog, the pup just imitated. He feeds off of his actions and follows him when I give commands. I never intended to use the older one as an example but it just happened. Now Jack obeys those commands on his own. The chewing and digging in the trash...well that's another story!
08-26-2014 02:05 PM
LoveEcho On a very base level, it's likely that you'l use the same patterns of interaction with the puppy that you did with the first dog... thus sort of "molding" them the same way. Granted, that means they'll likely have the same bad habits, too My puppy and my adult are polar opposites, but I think maybe sort of the "ground rules" of being in the house could have been learned or influenced by him.
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