Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
There are some people that could greatly benefit from handling an older already titled/trained dog. I think these people are in the minority. You must train dogs to become a good trainer. I have watched many novice people struggle to get their dog's titled. You watch them and think, maybe it would have been easier if they started with a titled dog. If you look really closely, though, often the issue is the dog is not the right one for the handler. Only exception would be little kids. I think they can definitely benefit from learning to handle first and then training their own later.
I am a puppy person. I like working with and training puppies. Like Lies said, they are just big sponges. I have worked some young dogs and mature dogs for other people, but for myself I will always start with puppies.
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