There’s a saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. But if your older dog is displaying troubling behaviours then there’s no need to despair! We know that older dogs can learn new behaviours with consistency, repetition and training tailored to your pooch. For example, if your dog isn’t food motivated then there’s no point in using treats to assist with the training.
Old dogs can be set in their ways, but dogs also thrive on routine. If you change up the way things work and (most importantly!) stick to it, your dog’s behaviours will shift too. It might take a little longer than puppy training , but you’ll see some incredible improvements on your old guy or gal! In fact, training an older dog has some great benefits.
Training keeps your dog engaged and entertained, and a stimulated dog is a happy dog. Just because your dog is getting older doesn’t mean they don’t need to have fun! It’s also an amazing way to bond with your dog, because you’re working together and giving them lots of praise and attention. From your point of view, training an old dog can sometimes be easier. While there may be bad habits to unlearn, older dogs are less hyperactive and have more self-control than puppies. Think about trying to teach a toddler and a teenager to perform a task, like clearing the table. The toddler is going to get distracted and run around everywhere, which is more work for you. So old dogs can make amazing training subjects for some issues.