Older Dogs CAN Be Trained! Queens Dog Training Blog
Older dogs often get overlooked in shelters. Potential owners feel as if they won’t get to spend a lot of time with an older dog, an older dog is already set in his/her ways, or they’d just rather not risk dealing with a dog that comes from an unknown past. They want to start fresh, with a brand new puppy they’ve raised from the beginning.
There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. There are plenty of puppies who need rescuing. However, I do want to put a few myths to rest, the biggest of which is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. If you’re willing to invest the time and effort it takes to properly and effectively train your dog, the dog’s age, history, size, temperament, etc. simply doesn’t matter. Barring any medical reasons for his or her behavior, he/she can be trained.
When I train puppies through my in-home training program, I focus on setting up a foundation of mutual trust and respect between dog and owner. I help the owner set boundaries, and we work through any specific behavioral problems the owner may have noticed in their puppy. An older dog may be a bit bigger, but he or she is perfectly capable of reaching these same training goals.
Don’t be afraid to pick out the older dog that won’t stop barking, the dog that doesn’t get along well with other pets, the dog suffering from separation anxiety. Although I can’t recommend choosing an aggressive dog, even the problem of aggression can be solved in older dogs as well as younger dogs. You can give that older dog a happy home, without fear or reservation, if you’re willing to enroll him or her in my in-home training program.
Whether you’re adopting or your resident older dog has begun exhibiting unseemly behavior, give me a call today at 800.649.7297. Let’s talk and together figure out a solution together.