It’s never too late to start learning with your dog! From the moment they wake up in the morning, dogs are constantly observing and experiencing new moments. They’re always on their paws waiting for a chance or an opportunity to learn something new about themselves and what is happening around them that day.
While it may seem like training should happen as early as possible, don’t worry if you have yet to teach your fur baby – there’s no such thing as “too old” when it comes down to teaching our furry friends some good tricks!
Recently, there have been many articles about the intelligence levels and abilities of dogs. Some people are surprised to find out that old dogs might be able to learn new tricks better than younger ones because they can focus more on a single skill without being distracted by other things due to lack of energy.
It’s all in what you teach them consistently through training along with giving your dog opportunities for socializing outside their household environment so they stay sharp mentally as well as physically!
Dogs have always had an ability regardless of age or background – no matter how young or old -to become really intelligent companions if given the opportunity and consistency when it comes down to learning something new like getting house trained or even picking up some tricks.
Here are some tips when training your senior dog:
- Pay attention to signs of exhaustion
- Sniffing the ground
- Yawning a lot
- Dropped years
- Laying down and refusing to get up
- Excessive licking
- Focus on building trust with your dog
- Respect your dog’s limitations
- Spend time getting to know your pooch
- Don’t train for too long
- Incorporate training in your day to day
- Have a daily and nightly routine
- Find out what motivates your pup
- Take your dog to as many places as possible, so that they learn to trust you in any environment.
- Consider the needs of your dog first!
Teaching your dog to do tricks is a
rewarding way of bonding with them. Teaching behaviors in an environment that makes the process fun for both you and your pet, will create close communication between owner or trainer and their animal as well as
improving teaching skills. These benefits are just one more reason why learning new tricks can benefit everyone!
Teaching your dog will not happen overnight. Be patient, consistent, show them a lot of love, and remember, you can always hire a professional dog trainer to support you and your pup in your training journey!