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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-16-2018, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Age to Start Training

Hey everyone, I'm curious to know what age is best to put your dog through obedience training? Is there a such thing as too early or too late?
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I got Gunny quite young. Just under 7weeks. Followed breeders advice and hand fed him. This worked for bonding and teaching. After about a week I started luring sit,down,"big" (my stand) and to follow my hands wherever. All marker based.

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Any puppies I had started school at 12 weeks.

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I'd say earlier than 3 months is too soon. It's never too late but the sooner the better I'd say. In my opinion 3-6 months is the ideal time to really get started. Shaping before then with food is fine too I just wouldn't be using any aversives.
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6 months. Before that, luring, marking, and shaping. No expectations, no pressure.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 01-17-2018, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
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thank you for all the feedback! Now another question would be, would you board the dog for obedience training in the early months or go to a school where you can take them there and back - this way you can spend more time with the puppy at this young age?
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Training is as much for the human as it is for the dog. You are learning to communicate with each other, not just teach your dog skills. If a top notch trainer for specific skills training was too far to commute to and from than boarding might be the answer...but for pups I'd think doing the work together is the much better way to go.
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I'm guessing you mean obedience training with a trainer/at a school/whatever. I'd wait a couple of months in that case. But if you just mean general training, you can start that yourself the second you have the puppy. Puppies can learn to sit as young as 6 weeks. Just don't take it too seriously or do too much.

Teach little things. Like sitting before getting a meal/treat, going outside to pee; and learning to look at you, what a collar and a leash are for, what toys are for, and how to follow you. These are very, very basic things that set up a nice little foundation as the puppy gets older. Itty bitty 2 minute sessions a couple times a day with lots of play mixed in. Only use treats/praise/toys and no corrections at this point.

In terms of in-depth training, I'd make sure you're the one training with the puppy. Don't send them off to boarding school. They need to learn that you're the leader and are the number 1 person to turn to for direction.
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I say 3 months? Here is my 3 months old Husk. He's male and he's a working line. I started training him at around 2 and a half months but I'd say that was too soon as I was getting mixed reaction. He just wanted the treat and wasn't soo much into learning. Now at 3 months he looks okay and he does all the commands right. But another day he awoke his aggression. He's hair around the neck stood up, almost put me down on leash. Strong dog this. His force /energy is nearly twice his weight.
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thank you for all the feedback! Now another question would be, would you board the dog for obedience training in the early months or go to a school where you can take them there and back - this way you can spend more time with the puppy at this young age?
All training is done by myself. I personally would not send any dog of mine to a board and train.
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