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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-24-2014, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Finding a trainer and what age is too old for training

Hello!! I am trying to find a trainer in my area Grants/Albuquerque, NM ... Which is super hard to find something other than Petsmart training and I am not sure of they are worth it either... So if anyone near me knows of a good trainer or something!

Also my pup I am trying to train is a year and half. He is a great dog. Does have some training we have done such as sit, lay down, speak, shake, wait for food not go crazy and attack the bowl when being fed stuff like that. But we want something more. Also to help with walking on a leash. He will walk on a leash but he pulls a ton! And being about 100 lbs it is a lot of work!?!

All advice is greatly appreciated!
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Not too old - I didn't start formal training with my rescue until she was about 1 1/2 - 2 years old. When I adopted her, she didn't even know so much as "sit" - I mean, what one year old dog doesn't know sit?

I think she had been a tied dog who spent most of her time lunging to the end of her chain, as she seemed completely disensitized to a regular collar and pulled like a freight train - what worked were regular obedience classes, then more advanced classes, and switching to a prong collar for walks.

She went on to do quite well in obedience, so never too late to start.


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I can't help because I'm not in your area. But I just wanted to offer a different idea.

If you have any dog training skills, you might try looking for someone who can help you remotely. By sending them videos, or whatever. The best trainer I've found so far, has yet to see my dog in person! I can't believe it!

He's asked me a bunch of questions and asked what issues I'm having and has come up with a training program for me. He lives about 2 hours from me, and is going to come by once a month to see our progress. Right now we've gone right back to the basics.

Mainly the biggest thing was just increasing the frequency of training, but decreasing the length of time. So it's been 2-3 20 minute sessions a day. 3 is too much for me, I have a farm to manage as well, but so far it's actually been working out really well.

A google search came up with this place, which seems to have won a couple of awards locally Home Page & About the Trainer HOWEVER, I am weary of people who say they only use one type of training method, because I don't think all things work for all dogs. But it might be one to investigate.
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My first dog was a 8 year old rescue, a cocker spaniel who went deaf less than a year after I adopted him. He had only very basic training and I retrained him using sign and body language, there's no such thing as too old


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It is never too late to start formal training!!!

Not in your area, so can't recommend anyone. But good Luck!!!

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You don't need no stinking trainer.

Educate yourself and get-er-done.

Easy as pie if you have the drive...

The prong collar used properly will solve your pulling problem in no time flat.
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One of our adopters just completed a CGC in just a couple of months with rescued dog that's 2-3 y.o. He had been chained up on a massive logging chain in his prior life, then spent at least 4 months in a small kennel in a rural shelter on a court-hold as part of a neglect/cruelty case, before getting into rescue. This dog had everything stacked against him in terms of lack of stimulation in his formative years. He's thriving in his obedience work -- he absolutely loves it. He's very lucky to have an adopter who joined an active obedience club where she can keep adding new classes and skills.

The oldest I've ever seen start training was 9! She was a geriatric foster dog, who had always lived outside and had a rough life. The idea of communicating based on rewards was totally alien to her. It took longer to make the connections than a younger dog as her brain just didn't work that first. She had to learn how to learn. It was very, very cool to see the "learning" part of her brain reconnect. One fine day it just clicked into place in her brain, and she finally got what I'd been trying to convey--her whole face lit up with the most radiant, excited expression I've ever seen on any dog once she solved the puzzle. From then on out, it was smooth sailing. She loved the mental stimulation of learning something new, once her brain reconnected.

To find a trainer, I'd recommend contacting the German Shepherd rescues in New Mexico and see if they can recommend someone--they'll almost certainly be happy to recommend the trainers who work with their dogs. Rescues often love to send business to the people who do so much to help their dogs--for us, it's a genuine pleasure to tell the community about the fabulous trainers and vets who make what we do possible. You can find contact information here:
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