Samson is 14 mos now - still trainable? - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Calabasas, CA
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Samson is 14 mos now - still trainable?

My Golden Retriever, Samson, is 14 months old this month. We've gone to the first puppy obedience training, back when he was 8 months old. He did really well, but is starting to slip in some areas (mainly, he doesn't come when called if he's off sniffing, or meeting some new people....he also pulls a lot when walking on leash.) Is he too old to train? Any suggestions?
LisaVergiza is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 09:59 AM
Senior Member
 
Charliethree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Alberta
Posts: 2,644
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,260
Thanked 3,435 Times in 1,520 Posts
They are never too old to train! Dogs are quite willing and capable of learning throughout their lives. Once 'trained' the training needs to be maintained, by periodically reviewing and reinforcing the skills. 'Bad habits' might take a while to change, and may 'resurface' on occassion, but it is never too late to put the commitment into training the behaviors you do want. You might be surprised how quickly they can learn.
Charliethree is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Charliethree For This Useful Post:
Mac'sdad (11-16-2012)
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:34 AM
Senior Member
 
Tayla's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 3,504
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,641
Thanked 3,574 Times in 1,864 Posts
I have a Golden mix who will be 15 in January. She can't see or hear all that well, but she has a great nose and we do some nose work play in the house with her. We just started it in the last 6 months. She gets it.

Barb, Rick, "Tayla" Ruff Start Hot On The Trail (STAR Puppy) (Born 11/11, Gotcha 3/12) and "Lily" Stargazer's Make It So, CGC (Gotcha 12/21/13)


http://pdgf.pitapata.com/ABfhm4.png

http://pdgf.pitapata.com/cZiWm5.png

Cheyenne (CGC) and Jesse (CGC) who will be always loved and never forgotten.
Tayla's Mom is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Tayla's Mom For This Useful Post:
Mac'sdad (11-16-2012)
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 10:55 AM
Senior Member
 
solinvictus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: South Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,297
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Images: 4
Thanks: 2,242
Thanked 3,879 Times in 1,773 Posts
Here is a 3 videos (3 parts) for teaching polite walking. Samson has a few bad habits but if you work on giving him alternative behaviors to replace those habits you don't like and reward him for making correct choices he will most likely be happy to do as you ask. It will take some time, patience and consistency on your part.

Polite walking Parts 1, 2 and 3


part 1

part 2

part 3

For Samson's recall you may want to start over with a new cue. It sounds like he thinks your recall command means I have to come sometimes not all of the time.
You can actually use enviromental rewards in training the recall. If Samson likes to sniff, call him from sniffing (have a party and reward with something yummy for coming to you) but then immediately let him go back to sniffing. (that is also a reward to him) Change it up sometimes just give the reward (food) and other times let him go back to doing what he likes to do as long as it can't harm him. You can do this with people to. You want to do it with someone that will know your rules and obide by them. Let him go greet them, call him back give great rewards and let him go back to them.
Same thing with coming in from the backyard. Call him in even if you don't really want him in, give him great rewards and then let him go back out there.



A Dog Is A Commitment For The Life Of The Dog
solinvictus is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to solinvictus For This Useful Post:
Bentleysmom (11-16-2012), Mac'sdad (11-16-2012)
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 11:15 AM
AKA: Joyce
 
Bentleysmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SE MI
Posts: 7,445
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 9,454
Thanked 14,434 Times in 4,353 Posts
Never too old to train. Ky is 5 1/2 yrs old and trained but we're starting over in puppy training when I feel better because her 'Queen Bee' status has gone to her head
Bentleysmom is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Bentleysmom For This Useful Post:
Mac'sdad (11-16-2012)
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 11:33 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 381
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 492
Thanked 199 Times in 152 Posts
Dogs should get regular tune-ups. A little refresher course from your helpful trainer.
Door is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 08:57 PM
Beware of Nestle Purina
 
MikaTallulah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: NJ
Posts: 5,716
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 4,930
Thanked 2,566 Times in 1,892 Posts
Buddy did not know anything til I got him last Dec. He was over 2.5 years old then- He was not even housebroken! He was a beast in a leash! He is now CGC with TDI pending. He was the star of his obedience classes, too!

It is never too late to train

I do what I like and like what I do. Yorkies- Cozy (4/1/06), Roxy & Zoey (2/11/08), Lucy (4/6/09); Golden- Buddy (4/13/09- Rescued 12/11) Maine Coon cats- Mika (1998) and Tallulah (2000)
MikaTallulah is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome