Most people, when thinking about the training of a dog, puppies immediately come to mind. If you have a dog that is a little more mature, you may believe he is not capable of learning. Fortunately, this is not the case. As the saying goes, you can teach an old dog new tricks!
In be truthful, dogs are learning new things all the time so in reality it is not any more difficult to teach an old dog, then a puppy. You may have to eliminate the bad habits but this can be achieved by teaching your dog new commands.
If your dog is getting on in years, it is important to remember that he may not see or hear as good as he once did. You must ensure that you issue your instructions clearly and loudly, being close enough so that any hand signals can bee seen. Do not think that your dog is ignoring you if he doesn’t respond when calling from a distance. It could be possible that he cannot hear you.
An adult dog will not be as vigorous as a puppy. Training sessions need to be shorter and less taxing as compared to a younger dog. The amount of time when you think your can handle depending on his age and health. Of course dog that is one or two years old should have little difficulty, while a dog that is much older than you may need to take things at a slower tempo.
If your dog has been poorly trained, you need to deal with this first. This could take some time. Remember, this could have been his mode of behavior for all his life. Patience is extremely important when training your adult dog.
If you want to succeed, in the training of your older dog, you must not forget that your dog is a pack animal by nature. Your dog needs to think of you as it’s leader. After this is accomplished, training will be much easier.
So if you have a more mature dog, don’t take the easy way out and give up on his training. It can be a challenge, but the rewards are definitely worth the price paid. A well behaved dog is a reason to rejoice!