Is It Ever Too Late To Start Training A Dog?

No matter how many times you hear it, you can teach a dog new tricks! Dogs are incredibly intelligent creatures, and with the right technique (and some amount of patience), dogs can be properly trained regardless if they’re under 1 year old or reaching the age of 10.

It’s really the same as with humans: some things are easier to teach kids than adults, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s impossible to learn anything once you get older. However, there are some things you should know about the process.

 

What Does Training a Dog Involve?

Whether you’re getting an older pup from a shelter, or want to correct some behaviors that have developed over the years of your family pet, training a dog isn’t an easy process. When dogs get older, the overall course of the training can take longer, may require more effort, but sometimes it’s not the age of the pup that influences it.

It can also be the type of training you need. In general terms, they can be:

  • Basic commands or tricks. In other words, teaching your dog how to listen to you, and respond;
  • Socialization skills, which is incredibly important if the dog will be recurrently exposed to busy environments where there are lots of people, or lots of other dogs;
  • Changing something in their behavior that may cause them or you harm. For instance, many pups can get too aggressive while they play without realizing it. They’re just excited to spend time with you, but if you’re not careful you can get hurt.

 

Do You Have to Train Your Dog?

If you’ve had the pup for a while now, you’ve already trained it without realizing it. Or, more specifically, it picked up on some of your cues (that you may not even be given consciously) and reacts to them. Dogs actually do process the meaning of words, so they understand their names, and small cues like “no, ” “yes” or the wonderful “do you want to go outside?”

Training your dog can be quite beneficial both for you and the pup, especially if there is a behavior that needs modification for safety reasons. Plus, it creates a better bond between you and the dog, and who doesn’t want that?

 

Over to You

Do you have an older pup that needs some training? We can help! Contact Dog Dayz California right now for more information about our services.

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