Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Is it possible to teach an old dog new tricks? As the old saying goes, some think it is null and void. However, in reality, an old dog can learn new tricks just as well as puppy. Sure, they might have to get over some life long habits, but that does not mean it is impossible. It is never too late to provide an older dog with an education. In fact, it helps them become better mannered pets for people with young children or other animals. The following list will help you re-train or teach your older dog new things.

1) Be Patient

If your older dog has adopted some questionable habits, then it might be necessary to re-teach them what is expected of them. An older dog may have become lazy or tired in its old age. For example, if they are starting to pee in the house, then you need to show them that this wrong. The most important thing is that you remain patient. An older dog might not be able to pick up a new concept as quickly. However, they should be able to pick up old rules and habits with no problem if you are gentle about showing them what needs to be done.

2) Use Other Dogs as an Example

If you own other younger dogs, consider training your old and newer pet at the same time. If your older dog sees his fellow beast doing something right, then they might be more apt to adopting the behavior. Dogs are creatures that want to please you. Therefore, if they see another pet being praised for something, then they will want to receive it as well. Show them what to do with the younger dog. This is a great tool to use when actually teaching new tricks to a dog. For example, if you want to teach an older dog to sit or shake, a rewarded example from a younger dog is a great way to begin the process.

3) Reward for Good Behaviour

One of the most important things to remember when teaching an old dog new tricks is that they understand the difference between right/good and wrong/bad. This is the only way they will learn. However, do not punish your dog by whacking them or yelling at them. They will only become more confused and scared. You need to talk sternly, and reward them for good behavior. This will eventually help them understand the difference between right and wrong.

In conclusion, it may take some time and dedication, but it is possible for an older dog to learn new things. As long as you remain patient and reward good behavior, then anything is possible.

By: Joe McCord
This post was written by Joe McCord, an Australian blogger who writes on behalf of many businesses in the pet niche including environmentally friendly, ethical dog shampoo manufacturer A Boy And His Dog.
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