Can you teach a "old" dog new tricks?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by AppleCrisp, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. AppleCrisp

    AppleCrisp Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. I have a 4 yr old collie. She knows how to come, stay, sit, lie down, but can I teach her new tricks? Her re-calls a little bad so I want to work on that. Also if I can and ideas on what to teach her? I'm thinking a basic shake-a-paw. [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I have all summer off, cause schools ending so I will have the time . lol [​IMG]

    Thanks
     
  2. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Collies are very smart. Any dog can be taught new tricks, but some just are stuborn. Use lots of treats and praise. And time. Be consistant. Pick certain time of day, no distractions, and keep training sessions short to keep from being bored. Same thing day after day, and you'll get it! Unless you have one like mine (my hybrid) who taught himself to sit and heel!
    Good luck! Steph
    oh my fav is roll over!
     
  3. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    Quote:aw thank god school is almost over! hallelujah!!!
     
  4. AppleCrisp

    AppleCrisp Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. This should be a fun... expierience. lol
    I donn't know... my pooch isn't the smartest tool in the shed... [​IMG] lol

    One time we were walking in the driveway, and she was hoping around, looking at me. And she walked into the back of a parked car. lol [​IMG]

    I'll try. Thanks for the tips. Any thing else I could attempt to teach her? I was thinking to bow but I don't know how I would do that...
     
  5. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes. I highly recommend clicker training. Check out Karen Pryor's site at www.clickertraining.com for an overview and clickers/teaching videos.
     
  6. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2008
    Front Royal, VA
    Bow-ing is an easy one! Just show treat and slowly lower while saying Bow, then give the treat in the lower position. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. (about 50 million times [​IMG]) What about dancing and spinning? Or holding treat on nose til ok'd?
     
  7. 2 Beauts

    2 Beauts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My neightbor taught his what he called " mute dog". He would put the treat on the end of her nose, she would pretend to bark, then flip the treat in the air and catch it.
     

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