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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-27-2009, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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Can adult dogs be trained?

Hi, everyone. I am new here. I was planning to buy a GSD puppy, but people here changed my mind. Now I think it's better to adopt one. I've found some good dogs from petfinder.com, but most of them are adults. Now my question is: can an adult dog still be able to learn? I hope my dog can learn to understand my commands, like sit, down, jump, bark these basic ones and some other difficult ones. Does a puppy learn faster? What about 2-year-old one? or 5 year-old one? Or it just depends on the individual dog?
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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

It does depend on the dog, but I've bought older dogs and retrained them. I have better luck on the younger ones but older ones can be retrained, just might take longer as some things are pretty well ingrained and have to be untaught.

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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

I got a retired showdog at age 7. My trainer then trained him to be my working handicap assistance dog.

Adult dogs are VERY trainable!!

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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

Yes!! And rescue dogs are so eager to please and to bond with you.

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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

I taught a 4 year old dog agility. He was better at it than I was.

Anyway, you can DEFINITELY teach an old dog new tricks.
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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

Absolutely! Adult dogs are very trainable. The success of training any dog, pup or adult, comes down to the skills of the trainer. If you find a good trainer in your area to help you, you'll be all set regardless of what type or age of dog you get.


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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

YES! I got my female when she was almost 4. She was house trained and had good manners and basic obedience, but besides her conformation title, I did everything else with her as an adult (rally, agility, herding, therapy, CGC, etc). We are STILL training and adding new events to try. In May we are doing a Dog Sport trial for the first time and if I get around to it we'll do AKC or UKC obedience competition.
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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

Dogs of any age can be trained! My previous dogs were strays, I found them at 2 years old and 4.5 years old and they both had no obedience training whatsoever. They both were smart and learned very quickly. My Golden went to Novice AKC Obedience level training and also became an agility dog and learned carting, flyball, freestyle, a number of tricks and many other things. My terrier also learned obedience and agility and even more tricks than my Golden. When he was 10 years old he suddenly lost his hearing after dental surgery and I re-taught him all the obedience using hand signals instead of voice.
My current GSD was just adopted at 4 years old. She had some obedience training already but is very rusty so we're going to a class soon and I expect to have no problem training her in the same sort of things as my previous dogs.


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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

Yup you can, once you bond with them, it does take longer but is it is possible.

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Re: Can adult dogs be trained?

omg, yes! I've adopted dogs from the pound and rescues, including one that clearly had been abused. Those were some of the most obedient dogs I've ever had. In fact, they had the BEST recalls of all my dogs.

I didn't even notice that it took extra time to bond. Treat them right, feed them extra treats, take them to fun places, and poof! they adore you. Trust comes over time, but that happens with pups too.

I would not hestitate to buy or adopt an adult dog.
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