Everyone, non-pet owners included, has heard the age-old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But is there any truth to this popular phrase?
Though it may take more time to teach new tricks or break old habits, dogs are never too old to start. Whether you’ve adopted a senior dog or you’ve decided it’s finally time to start training your beloved pooch late in life, here are a few helpful tips to get you started.
Advantages of Late in Life Training
It can be easy to assume that a puppy with a blank slate is more able to learn than an adult dog. However, all dogs are lifelong learners, so a senior dog is just as eager to be trained as a young dog. In some ways, older dogs can be even easier to train than their puppy counterparts.
- Calmer temperament. This reduces the chance of sudden energy bursts interrupting training sessions.
- Better focus. This gives them a much longer attention span for learning new things.
- Intelligence. They are just as smart as young dogs and may even have prior experience