The outdated saying that you can't teach an old dog new tricks simply isn't true. It is entirely possible to teach an aged dog to do something new, and many times, it is beneficial for the dog when you do. Just like with people, learning is something that should not be put away when a certain age is reached. In order to stay mentally healthy and sharp, your dog must be challenged by figuring out new things. Another benefit of training your dog later in life is that your bond will be strengthened, as you both must spend time together engaged in play and in instructional time. This will boost feelings of wellbeing in both the pet and the owner.
Because an older dog can, in fact, learn new tasks, this is a good reason not to overlook adopting an older dog. They are able to focus their attention on completing new games, and they have longer attention spans than when they were puppies. This can make them easier to teach than their younger counterparts. Regarding housebreaking, an adult dog will not have to use the bathroom as often as a puppy, and with consistency, older dogs are able to learn to signal when needing to use the bathroom outside.
Your older dog will be significantly easier to train provided they are properly exercised every day. Having a fenced-in space is great, but your dog needs regular, prolonged periods of exercise, such as walking. When choosing tricks to teach to your pet, you will want to take into consideration any physical limitations that they may have. Your animal may no longer be agile, and he may not be able to move quickly anymore. Still, there are many activities that you and your pet can learn to do together and to enjoy. Instead of teaching them to learn to jump or to roll over repeatedly, you can work on things like learning to sit, heel, speak, or give kisses.
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