How successful you may be at training an adult dog will depend on a number of factors. First, how well socialized is the dog, and is it used to being handled and trained? What is it's base temperament like (independent, shy, dominant, eager to please)? What is it's history? By that I mean was it a family pet that needs a new home, was it living in a kennel without much handling, things like that. Some dogs of any breed are easier or harder to train. Also, the training methods can make a difference. Harsh or punitive methods don't work well for most dogs, but positive, reward based ones with fair (and not painful or scary) corrections work best with almost all dogs, if not all dogs. If you are in doubt, work with a skilled behaviorist as you assess a dog you are considering adopting.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 12/9/2011 5:55:37 PM