How To Easily Train Your Older Dog At Home

Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

It’s been said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Well, that’s not exactly correct. True, your older adult dog might be more set in his ways than a very young puppy who’s just exploring life, but all dogs can continue to learn new things even if they are in advanced adulthood.
All they need is a good trainer. If you’re trying to change something in your older dog’s behavior, then all you need is good training instruction, so that you can convey to your dog what your wishes are for his conduct.

Retraining Your Older Dog

Some older dogs may need retraining in barking and obedience problems.
They may need help adjusting to a new dog being added to the family.
Your older dog may think he’s losing his position to a new dog which will make him jealous and possibly display aggressive behavior. If he suddenly begins soiling your carpets, it could be jealousy or it could be a health issue.

Don’t overlook that it might be an uncontrollable health problem and not jealousy of the new dog at all. Positive training can help your dog work through jealousy issues.

Having training sessions with your older dog at home can be a lot of fun.

 It can renew your bond that you have with each other.

Your older dog will love the positive attention in the form of behavior training.
If your dog is in his adult years, he may be set in his ways, but he can learn new ways of doing things.
Liken it to yourself–if you’re going on a new job and you’re used to the way you did things on your old job.
You hope that your new employer will have patience with you until you learn what is expected.
The same applies to your dog.

  • No yelling and exercise patience.
  • Remember, if your older dog exhibits bad habits, he possibly was allowed to pick up these habits early on and they went unchecked by you.
  • Also, keep in mind your adult dog’s age. He may have hearing problems, eyesight problems and arthritis. These issues may prevent him from completing training that a younger dog could do.
  • Your dog will do his very best to please you if it’s possible.

So, spending time with an older dog that’s been in the family awhile will be a rewarding experience for him.
Giving him extra attention in the form of renewing training will help to get him up and moving some, rather than being a couch potato dog.
Watching your dog progress will be rewarding for you as you train your dog yourself at home.
Then you can say to your friends that you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks!