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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Old dog new tricks

Ok I know the subject is a little cliche but my older adopted german shepherd tank will sit for a treat and thats it, I know he knows more as he watches our other dog sit shake laydown stay roll over spin in a circle play dead and stand up but Tank refuses to do anything else even with coaching etc treats don't get his attention any ideas or ways others have dealt with this or am I stuck with him this way he's a great dog nonetheless
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 09:49 PM
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You have to figure out what motivates him. Maybe he likes toys more than food?

Try to be fun and engaging while training.

Seeing the other dog doing things will help him learn faster... but you still have to teach him first.
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It sounds like he hasn't been trained beyond sitting for a treat, so that's all he'll do, he's not "refusing". No dog is too old to be trained, but simply watching another dog isn't going to be enough.

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Yeah I figured as much he doesnt play with toys much unless the other dog is playing with it he does like a ball on occasion I have tried working with him he doesnt like training yet treats get him interested but again he's no puppy just gonna take extra work I guess
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