When it comes to dogs obedience training, puppies are most receptive to training from the age of six to eight weeks and it is at this stage that basic obedience exercises should start taking place. It may take until the dog is 5 months old before he fully understands the training exercises that you are trying to teach him. Initially dogs obedience training sessions should last only a few minutes a day, although you can have several sessions per day. Build up the length of training time over the next few months as your puppy will adjust to the training patterns and will get better at concentrating on exercises.
Introduce the early dogs obedience training exercises to your puppy particularly the “Sit, Stay, and Recall”.
Training at 6 Months Old
When your dog is 6 months old, he will be ready for the more formal training. Your dog should already be well behaved and controllable in a variety of situations and follow the basic commands like “Sit, Stay and Recall”. Furthermore dogs obedience training will help you relate to your dog better as well as providing much needed mental stimulus for your dog.
When teaching new exercises it is preferable that you find a park or other such open land where there are as few distractions as possible. Try to make the sessions as enjoyable as possible for yourself and your dog. That way he will want to work with you and you will get the most out of each session. If your dog decides that he does not like the obedience training session that you are trying to make him perform then chances are that you will have great difficulty in getting him to learn anything.
Training an Older Dog
Older dogs have well and truly formed their habits, both good and bad, and if you have acquired a dog with bad habits, you could be in for months of remedial work. You will have to be prepared to spend a lot of time and have a lot of patience with your dog.
Common dog bad habits include:
• Over aggression
• Cat chasing
• General disobedience
• Excessive barking
• Biting, usually through fear
• Destructive behavior, generally manifested as chewing
• Disobedience towards specific family members (dominance problems)
The usual way that people get to own older dogs is through adoption from the local pound or perhaps when the previous owners moves away and are unable to take their dog with them. Anyway you come across your older dog; he will take more time than a younger dog to adjust to his new home, especially if he came from an abusive environment. It is important that you make him feel safe and secure. A good start is to give him his own place to eat and sleep.
Make sure your dog cannot get loose as if he does he may not come when called, especially if he has been traumatized by a previous owner. Keep a collar and leash on your dog as often as possible unless he is inside a room or in his kennel or crate. It is important to establish a routine for your dog so that he comes to know when feeding time is, when you will be taking him for a walk. In general, make him comfortable and relaxed in his new environment. If the dog is particularly nervous or stressed then avoid putting him in a situation that will aggravate his stress such as with noisy children, loud televisions, stereos, or other dogs.