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    Default Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?

    Due to lack of funds I was never able to get my dog off to a trainer. He is now 16 months old he is hyper and crazy nearly out of control the harder I try to teach him the more energy he puts out. He has alot of drive I just cant seem to keep him calm long enough to get anywhere. Is there any hope?

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    That depends on you. He doesn't know how old he is. Treat him like the green beginner he is, and give him the gift of good Basics.

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    Thanks for the advice Evan!

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    No problem. I, and I'm sure many others here, have started dogs much older than yours with good results. You really don't know until you dig in and train. He may turn out great! Good luck.

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    my two year old has been at the trainer for a month so far and I'm really impressed with how far he's progressed.
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    Never too late IMO. Sounds like he's got the drive, just needs to learn how to channel it and become obedient to command. Best of luck

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    I had a dog come through my kennel that was six before she started training and she turned out to be a great gundog. I agree with Evan, he doesn't know how old he is.

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    If you want to do it, take whatever time that it takes, and enjoy the process.
    You can both learn a lot

    I started an 8 year old this winter, and we're doing just fine.

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    Help is just a short drive away over Strom Thurman Lake to Lincolnton.
    Sandhill Kennel or Baker Retrievers. You can probably work something out with them that works for you..
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    He is now 16 months old he is hyper and crazy nearly out of control the harder I try to teach him the more energy he puts out
    He needs a job!

    He needs to channel that energy into working for you. I'd start by walking him off lead for a mile or two every day and doing on lead obedience at the halfway point and when you were done with his walk. Get the edge off that energy with some exercise then see if he won't settle down and listen a little better. After a few days he'll be looking forward to these outing bigtime. Start collar condition off of these after he has a decent understanding of working for you. Actually, walks like this would be a great time to add in some retriever work a la Hillman, once you have some control over your heathen.
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