I’m in the midst of a friendly “argument” with some dog owning friends and wondered if anyone here has an opinion. We have 3 GSD’s – an 11 YO male; a 10 YO female and a 14 week old pup. My puppy is probably the easiest dog I’ve ever trained – at 14 weeks she walks well on a leash, sits when asked and is beginning to “get” stay. Housebreaking her has been an unexpected breeze. She had one in-crate accident and 2 out of crate accidents, all during her first week with us. She gets plenty of exercise – walks for training and socialization and off leash for fun time (we have a small farm and a safe area for off leash fun) and we started training her the day she came from the breeder, as we always do with our dogs. I believe that she is easier because she has two other dogs to mimic. My older female was a royal PIA to housebreak, mainly because she couldn’t grasp what we wanted. She was our only dog at the time and, due to the circumstances at that time, did not get to interact with other dogs at first. She’s grown into the best dog I’ve ever owned and even saved my life a few years ago! (She smelled a gas leak). But, she was not an easy dog to train. Our male was a rescue and came with good training. So, what do you folks think…does it make a difference having a well trained adult dog for the puppy to mimic? How much do they learn from one another and how much do they only learn from us? BTW: We start formal training next week with the puppy at puppy class.