Why Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

Some people believe you can only train a puppy. They believe that if you stall too long of a time, a dog will just never ever learn anything you try to show them, such as how to break bad habits.


This is a significant issue considering the trend of adopting as opposed to purchasing puppies today. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the adoption movement. I am a huge supporter of it. And I think that adopters should understand there are some tricks you can teach a dog at any age. Like these:



To end the whining

With babies, we are advised not to go to them when they are crying. No matter how loud and how long they cry, we are to resist the temptation to go and cuddle them. Yes, we have to endure their piercing cries. But why? To perhaps set it up so that one day, there will just be no cries. You put up with a little now, so that you don’t need to put with it forever! The same goes for dogs. If you don’t react to their cry, they get it in their heads that whining doesn’t accomplish one thing. But if you go to} them, pet them, or even so much as make eye contact with them when they are crying, that states to them, “Crying works. I carry on this tactic.” Give the dog a couple firm no’s once he cries, and after that just ignore him. It may take weeks or even months, but so long as you are persistent in this approach, in most instances the dog should begin crying dramatically less.


To keep out of specific areasrooms

Every house is different and so are the rules in it. If you adopt a dog, he may have been permitted to roam throughout his last house and may not recognize it’s not okay to do that in your home. Whenever your dog goes into a room he is not allowed in, say “No!” and usher him out. This could involve guidingt him out by the collar, or simply walking behind him so he has no choice but to leave. Additionally, any time you see him approaching the area, yell, “No!” You have to do this each and every time though, because every single time they are permitted in there without any repercussions, they are right back at square one and all bad associations they had with going near the area vanish for them. My good friend who is a voice coach teaches singing lessons in LA to small kids has a Great Dane. The dog is so sweet but, its large stature frightens kids and it could even unintentionally hurt one by leaping on them. Therefore, whether or not there are kids in her studio learning how to sing better, my friend keeps the dog out of there at all times. She doesn’t want to confuse the dog by allowing her in there when no students are there, and all of a sudden kicking her out when kids are there.


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