Is Your Dog Too Old to Train?Thursday, August 30th, 2018, 9:01 am
If you have an older dog, you may wonder if your faithful friend is too old to train. Some people, for whatever reason, don’t put their dogs through training when they’re a puppy. You may have adopted an older dog, or you may have simply not have known where to take your puppy for training. No matter what the reason, your dog isn’t too old for some basic training. In fact, sometimes training older dogs or taking them in for a refresher course is the best way to deal with behavioral issues. But unlike training puppies, there are a few things to remember.
Your Older Dog Isn’t a Puppy
Puppies can often be trained to do agility courses, catch balls thrown high in the air, and do other tricks that require speed, stamina, and strength. As dogs age, they start to slow down just like humans do. While your dog can certainly learn basic command such as sit, stay, shake, speak, and walk, remember that some of the more advanced training may be a little too much. You don’t want to try anything that may cause your dog to get hurt.
Some Behaviors May Indicate Health Problems
Training courses can help you correct bad behaviors in dogs, but in older pets, these behaviors may not necessarily be caused by rebellious tendencies. There’s always the chance that your dog is acting out as a way of telling you something is wrong with them. Before you enroll in a training course to deal with bad behavior, have your dog checked out by a vet. They may discover that there’s a health reason behind the bad behaviors. If that’s the case, training isn’t going to help correct the issue and, in fact, could make it worse if it puts your dog in greater pain.
Many of the Same Training Methods Work
Going through dog training courses with an older animal isn’t much different than training a puppy, with the exception that you may not teach your dog some of the more physically demanding tricks. Much of training is about communicating your expectations to your dog and providing them with a reward when they meet those expectations. Here at The Connected Canine, we can teach you and your senior dog how to work together through one of our different training courses. Contact us today to learn more about our program.
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