Senior dog training tips.

It's the oldest story in the book - you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, they're wrong. You actually can teach an old dog new tricks as long as you follow the below tips and tricks:

1. Keep your dog training sessions short. Due to your dogs age there is no need to put in tons of training all at one time, spread it out and be patient with your dog.

2. Stop being so repetitive. Your older dog deserves a break and so does his/her joints. Try and find fun ways of getting in some dog training with him/her and always change up your techniques.

3. Learn to use both verbal and hand signals. Dogs respond well to verbal and hand signals, they respond even better when you use them together towards a training goal. This will help in the long run in case your dog starts to go blind or deaf during their golden years.

4. Get advice from your vet. It is always a wise decision to seek advice from your vet before starting any serious dog training regardless of your dogs age. Your vet will be able to tell you what your dog is and isn't capable of.

5. Train on suitable surfaces. Your older dog probably enjoys life on the couch and the grass outside. So best practice would be to train them either in the house or somewhere else where they can safely walk around and feel comfortable without putting too much stress on their bodies.

6. Keep in mind the surrounding temperature. Would you run 20km in 35 degree heat? Neither would I! So keep in mind the temperature of your surroundings when training your dog, the weather needs to be comfortable at all times.

7. Patience. Don't rush your dog during training. Be patient and keep in mind what your dog can and can't do. In other words, don't expect big changes in them and don't push them too hard either. Take plenty of breaks.

8. Treats. Be aware of how many treats your dog is consuming whilst training. Keep the treats as low calorie as possible and don't train too close to meal times. Give their tummies a chance to consume and absorb food before training.

We hope these tips will help you on your way with training your older dog!