Old German ShepardIt’s pretty obvious where the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” came from. In reality, this saying is probably more accurate for people than it is for dogs. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks, but good luck with teaching grandpa.

“Old” is a relative word. What’s old to some dogs is not old to other dogs. Generally speaking, you can train a dog of any age. Sure, dog training might be a little tougher with a dog that’s 8 years old than it is with a dog that’s 3 years old, but it’s probably more of a challenge for the dog’s trainer than it is for the dog.

The fact is, most people get rid of dogs because of dog obedience problems. Every dog needs basic obedience training, and if you’re not spending time training your dog, even your older dog, your neglecting your responsibility as a pet owner.

So how can you teach an old dog new tricks? With patience and persistence. Without getting into actual dog training techniques, let me tell you a story…

A man in North Carolina had a dog for 7 years. The dog had NEVER been inside the man’s house. Never! It just lived outside, roaming the property, sleeping in his dog house for 7 years.

One day, the man died, so the his niece decided to take care of the dog. The dog was a mutt, by the way. She took the dog into her house and after 6 weeks of consistent training the dog was completely housebroken and had learned to sit on command.

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1 Comment on Can You Really Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

  1. Denise says:

    Thank you so very much for your posts, particularly, “Can you really teach an old dog……….?” It was just what I needed. I have had my dog, “Princess” since she was 8 weeks old and quickly regulated her to the back yard. Recently, I have begun training her and it would seem she had all put forgotten her former life at times; but this old dog has not. Attacks of conscience have caused me to slack off or become frustrated when I don’t see immediate results. I’m so grateful to be reminded that all I can do about yesterday is leave it there and deal with today with love, patience and consistency! Thanks

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