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I have just adopted a SPCA rescued basset. She is 5 years old, housebroken and generally a great companion. I am looking for a book or books that address training older bassets. She is very gental but needs to learn basic commands. Please advise me.
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Hi Miss Daisy,

When I get a new dog or puppy, as soon as possible I enroll them in obedience school. They have basic training for adult dogs as well as for puppies. It's really a great way to socialize your dog and to teach them basic comands. It also helps in the bonding process. I highly recommend it!
 

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I would think any book on dog training would apply to a 5-year-old. If anything it should be somewhat easier to train an adult because they are not as crazy as puppies. It was at about age 5 that Lightning finally seemed to grow up. He's 12 now, and I can still teach him anything. Since Stomps died a couple of weeks ago, I've been putting Lightning through his paces to mentally stimulate him. He still remembers things he learned years ago and has hardly been asked to do since (it helps when food is involved, but it doesn't have to be). Of course, you may to untrain your dog some things he's already learned, which I think is much harder. Good luck and let us know how it goes. And thank you for adopting a dog!
 

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I would think any book on dog training would apply to a 5-year-old. If anything it should be somewhat easier to train an adult because they are not as crazy as puppies. It was at about age 5 that Lightning finally seemed to grow up. He's 12 now, and I can still teach him anything. Since Stomps died a couple of weeks ago, I've been putting Lightning through his paces to mentally stimulate him. He still remembers things he learned years ago and has hardly been asked to do since (it helps when food is involved, but it doesn't have to be). Of course, you may to untrain your dog some things he's already learned, which I think is much harder. Good luck and let us know how it goes. And thank you for adopting a dog![/b]
 

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I would think any book on dog training would apply to a 5-year-old. If anything it should be somewhat easier to train an adult because they are not as crazy as puppies. It was at about age 5 that Lightning finally seemed to grow up. He's 12 now, and I can still teach him anything. Since Stomps died a couple of weeks ago, I've been putting Lightning through his paces to mentally stimulate him. He still remembers things he learned years ago and has hardly been asked to do since (it helps when food is involved, but it doesn't have to be). Of course, you may to untrain your dog some things he's already learned, which I think is much harder. Good luck and let us know how it goes. And thank you for adopting a dog![/b]
Thank you for the reply. I am sorry to hear of Stomps passing. I will follow your advice.
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Congratulations on your new companion. We adopted Jed when he was 3 1/2 and took him straight to basic 'family dog obedience'. All other participants were puppies, so Jed was the oldest, the loudest, the longest ... and the cutest. Because he is our first dog the classes were hugely beneficial to us, as they helped us to give commands effectively. (i.e. I was constantly reminded to only say things just once). Even though he already seemed to have some basic training we were all starting off with a clean slate. He especially enjoyed the obstacle courses, and 'musical mats' - a doggy version of musical chairs. I wish I could say that he graduated with honours, but such is not the case. Our dear hound is a work in progress. Nevertheless - his graduation certificate is displayed proudly on the fridge door.

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Congrats on finding a rescue dog. No advice, but would love to see pics. :~)[/b]
I would love to send you a picture but I am new to the site and haven't figured out how to insert the picture. I tried it but was advised that the file was too big. Any advice?

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Welcome! And thank you for rescuing a basset. I still don't think of 6 as "older", but definitely not a pup. lol

The easiest way I've found to post pics is to use Photobucket or some similar service. Underneath the pics you upload are the options for posting them. It works really well.

No advice to add on the training issues - everyone has already said what I would've.
 

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Welcome! And thank you for rescuing a basset. I still don't think of 6 as "older", but definitely not a pup. lol

The easiest way I've found to post pics is to use Photobucket or some similar service. Underneath the pics you upload are the options for posting them. It works really well.

No advice to add on the training issues - everyone has already said what I would've.[/b]
Thank you for the welcome! Daisy has been great for me as I was forced to early retirement due to health problems. We are getting to know each other and it is working well. She is a fine companion (more like a shadow). I am working on pictures to upload.
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Congratulations on your new companion. We adopted Jed when he was 3 1/2 and took him straight to basic 'family dog obedience'. All other participants were puppies, so Jed was the oldest, the loudest, the longest ... and the cutest. Because he is our first dog the classes were hugely beneficial to us, as they helped us to give commands effectively. (i.e. I was constantly reminded to only say things just once). Even though he already seemed to have some basic training we were all starting off with a clean slate. He especially enjoyed the obstacle courses, and 'musical mats' - a doggy version of musical chairs. I wish I could say that he graduated with honours, but such is not the case. Our dear hound is a work in progress. Nevertheless - his graduation certificate is displayed proudly on the fridge door.

Good luck with Miss Daisy[/b]
Thanks for the welcome and good luck wish. We are doing great and hope to get to know all you as well. I know what you mean by a work in progress (that's how my wife thinks of me).
Hope to post picture of The Miss Daisy soon as I figure out how to.
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It's great that you have rescued your dog! Both of ours are rescues as well.

Dog school will definitely do alot of good.
 

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It's great that you have rescued your dog! Both of ours are rescues as well.

Dog school will definitely do alot of good.[/b]
Woofles,

Thank you and Good Morning,
Miss Daisy has been here for three weeks now and is doing absolutely great! I am going to enroll us in a class soon. Miss Daisy has really been a blessing for me as I was forced into early retirement for health reasons. We do everything together. She is learning the house rules quickly. Hope to post pictures soon as web owner has been a great help in telling me how to do it.

Big Howls to you all,

Miss Daisy Dog :rolleyes:
 
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