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You’ve no doubt heard the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well you’ll be relieved to know that for the most part this is false. Older dogs are more than capable of learning even if they are no longer jumping through hoops.
If your dog has learned how to enjoy learning and is engaged in ongoing training, he will continue to want to learn. Just like humans who exercise their brains as they get older stay more mentally alert than those who don’t, the same thing applies to our canine friend.
Obviously you have to be aware of any physical limitations your dog may have that might make learning some new behaviours a little difficult but it’s your dog’s willingness to learn that is key. If in doubt you could always have him checked over by a vet.
We just have to remember they can’t do it on their own. The better you are at communicating with your dog and rewarding in a timely manner for getting it right the easier it is for him to learn new behaviours. It’s all about consistency and repetition and the easier you make it for him the easier it is for him to learn no matter how much grey hair he has.
Science has provided us with so much overwhelming evidence that dog’s trained with positive methods are quite eager to continue to learn it would be a shame not to continue his willing participation well into his sunset years.
At Living With Wolves as dedicated, qualified professionals we can show you how to get the most out of your relationship with your dog no matter what his age is.