The Ultimate Guide To Teaching Old Canines New Tricks Using An Indoor Dog Crate
The old saying that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks is completely untrue. With the right tools, even the oldest and most hardheaded dog can learn a new trick or two. I’m not saying that it would be easy. It can be very challenging, but it is not only possible, but probable if you have the right tools.
Dog training at all ages can be very challenging depending on your dog’s existing behavior issues. If your dog has problematic behavior, it can take a little bit more time and effort on your part to get your dog to learn new tricks. Still, if you give yourself enough time, and use the right tools and incentives, your dog can learn a new trick. Here’s how it normally plays out.
First, you need to understand that you would need more patience because older dogs usually don’t learn as fast as puppies. In other words, you should have to have the right mindset going into this. Don’t expect that just because you trained your older dog as a puppy, that they would learn new stuff as quickly. It doesn’t work that way. Allow your dog more time, as well as more effort on your part, to learn what you need them to learn.
Second, you need to give your dog the liberty to use the training dog crate at their own pace. When using an indoor dog crate, give them some latitude. Don’t just put pressure on them to use the crate based on your schedule and timeline. Give them some slack. Older dogs need some time to get comfortable with any new situation.
To speed things up, you might want to try to put a few treats inside the dog crate. Open the crate’s door and let your dog go inside the crate and leave at will. Don’t quickly snap the door shut the moment your dog gets inside the indoor dog crate. Ignore their in and out movements because you just want to plant the idea in their heads that they get a reward for entering the crate.
If you’re having a tough time getting the dog to stay in the crate for long periods of time, try this. Make the crate the only place they can find the stuff they love. I am, of course, talking about dog treats, toys, their comfy dog bed and all the creature comforts that they’ve gotten used to. Don’t do this all at once. The secret is to gradually introduce these items into the dog crate and get them used to finding these in the crate. You’d be surprised as to how quickly they would get in the crate and stay there for long periods of time.
It really all boils down to using the right incentives at the right time. The bottom line here is that you need to be more patient with your dog crate training and, eventually, your pet will treat that indoor area as his or her personal haven.