8/14 - Holly update on p.3 - - I would love to hear from experienced dog folk/trainers on this. I have two dogs, a Border Collie and a Husky/Shepherd mix. Both are mature, "civilized" dogs who have been with me for several years, and they know how to behave as part of a household. Our dogs live "with" us, and sleep indoors at night so they are part of the family. They have a fenced yard for daytime play, and a temperature-controlled shed with pop door and doggie beds for daytime use as well. We have never really held formal training sessions for our dogs. I guess teaching them what we want was just sort of integrated into the daily activities, and they both learned quickly how to behave. Both walk well on leashes, and both know basic commands - - sit, come here, down, go out, no, etc. - - and even visual commands since my older dog is now somewhat deaf. I have also taught the BC some directional commands since she tends to swing farther out from me when we are off-leash. Enter the country cousin. It would appear I have somehow inherited a beagle-chow-lab (?) mix female. She is 2 1/2 years old, 40 pounds, and has spent most of her life in a 10 x 16 kennel with small dog house. She knows NOTHING, and I mean nothing!! I have never had a dog this old who knew so little about how to behave with people. She is the canine equivalent of a child who was raised by apes. She climbs all over us, doesn't know a single command (or even her name), has no idea what the leash is for, shreds every new object she comes across, and has no clue how to behave in the house. Holly has been with us for about a month now. My dogs seem to accept her, and her spay incision is healed, so I am ready to help her learn how to live with humans. I am no dog trainer, but I reasoned that the first thing I should do is to teach her to quiet her body so she is prepared to pay attention to me. Dog trainers!!! Help!!! Is this a good place to start? Do we need dedicated training time every day? Is there any hope for a dog this age learning anything? How can we help our little country bumpkin?? Thanks in advance!