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My Shih Tzu will be two this month. For whatever reason, I really slacked off when it came to training her. I *think* she knows how to sit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">, but stay, lay down, heel? Forget it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"><br><br>
Really for her own safety, I want her to know basic commands, like coming when she's called without hesitation. Does anyone know of any good resources or have any tips for me?<br><br>
I bought Dog Training for Dummies yesterday, and it looks okay so I'll finish reading through it, but there's a few things that I really don't think will work for her so I'd like to have some other strategies in mind.<br><br>
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<a href="http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB957" target="_blank">http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB957</a><br><br>
This is basically a puppy kindergarten class on DVD.<br><br>
And goodness, two isn't old! If two is old, I'm DEAD, because I had such a difficult pregnancy that my two dogs are basically wild savages and need total training remediation. I'm not worried, and neither should you be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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Definitely can! We finished the PetSmart Beginner class last month with our approx. 2 year old rescue dog (who knew how to sit and shake and that's it.) She is amazing now, we were amazed that she passed the class. We plan on taking the Intermediate & Advanced courses with her. Old dogs can most definitely learn new tricks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Oh, and our whole family went to classes, dh, me, puppy dog and our two little boys. The trainer really liked having everyone see what the pup needed and enjoyed the family participation.
 

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Two is certainly not old!<br><br>
I do want to throw out a bit of brutal truth though. Teaching the dog is almost always easy. Teaching the owner is the hard part. The success of any training depends upon the committment and donsistency of the owner. Dogs learn very fast. People can take forever to "train". Most training failures are the direct responsibility of the owner falling down on the job and getting slack and not being consistant.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Two is certainly not old!<br><br>
I do want to throw out a bit of brutal truth though. Teaching the dog is almost always easy. Teaching the owner is the hard part. The success of any training depends upon the committment and donsistency of the owner. Dogs learn very fast. People can take forever to "train". Most training failures are the direct responsibility of the owner falling down on the job and getting slack and not being consistant.</div>
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ITA w/ PuppyFluffer. Animals are easy to train, if you are consistent. The big difference between the average pet owner and a professional trainer is that the trainer is much more consistent and so gets better results.
 
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