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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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What age to start basic commands?

Whats a good age to start working on basici commands such as sit, stay, down, etc?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 01:01 AM
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Anytime! It's never too early to start those basics
I started my girl on the the minute I got her at 8 weeks and we used it as a game
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Anytime! It's never too early to start those basics
I started my girl on the the minute I got her at 8 weeks and we used it as a game
well said. Its a game that you and your puppy should enjoy . Dont expect too much and get frustrated if she doesn't learn as fast as you'd like her to.

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I started with Lisl at eight weeks.

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Totally agree. The day they come home. We use food rewards & lots of happy talk. They should love it.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-29-2014, 01:04 PM
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The first thing I taught when I got my puppy is she gets treated almost every time when she stares into my eyes and learning to keep the stare on the eyes rather than the treat to get the treat. The sit, stay, down etc came later after she learned to stare at me rather than the treat. The first few months was mostly working on just the stare. She was too bubbly to pay attention to me to learn anything else. The stare calms her down.
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I started nikko at 7 weeks not to much of a success but some what ..he is now almost 4 months and he sits,stay,down,hold,heel and hes 90% potty trained ..so go ahead and start now and enjoy the momemts
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Definitely start right away, and just be patient. We were amazed at how quickly Sandor picked up commands. He's 4 1/2 months and knows sit, wait, paw, down (inconsistently). He's also really good with sitting at crosswalks (we live in the city), and sitting when he see's other dogs approaching. He knows leave it (and does most of the time) and drop (and will allow you to open his mouth to get things). He will sit and wait for food and treats. He just had surgery so we are doing some free shaping with him, working into a spin command.
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I start my pups before they leave my house. Can usually start some type of training, usually just a sit for a treat at 5-6 weeks. Work in a down as well. No reason not to.

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