Many people believe that when a dog moves past the stage of being a puppy that it is a little to late to train him. Stay away from these types of people because they just do not know what they are talking about. Even though training a puppy might be somewhat easier, training an older dog is certainly in your future.
In most instances, you will have a little knowledge about the dog going into the training process. In the instance that you have gotten your pet from a shelter or he just showed up at the house, you will not know much about his background. Therefore, if you know very little of your dogs past you will need to approach the training with a kind spirit.
Below you will find a few tips to help with your older dog and a few of these tips will prove useful in training a pup.
*The Re-learning Process
Be aware, your new older pet is sure to have acquired a few unwanted behavior issues during his journey in life. Besides having to learn the right way to handle things, your dog is going to have to unlearn quite a few others. Just remember, up to this stage in his life, he does not know right from wrong.
Be ready to catch him right as he starts to do the wrong thing.
*The Proper Voice
A tool with a lot of impact will be a nice firm voice as you begin the teaching process, not yelling, just a firm tone. In order for your dog to fully believe that you are in control of the situation always avoid sounding upset or angry. Any time he does something good, smother him with praise and give him a treat.
*Just One Word Commands
Use commands with one word when training pups or dogs of any age. Your pet will understand things much easier with words like; Stay, Come, Down or Sit than he will, “Stay right here” or “I said come here”
*The First Time
Try to use your basic commands only one time during training, and once they understand the command expect them to do it the first time every time. Begging is one thing that you should not do. One important note. Let’s say you call your dog, he chooses not to come,”Do Not” repeat the command, just walk over and get him, if he chooses to come to you, give him some treats and pets. The problem with using a command more than once is that when you say it 3 or 4 times, the first command does not mean anything in their mind and they have plenty of time to keep doing what they are doing.
*Good Behavior Means Rewards
Here is one thing to be conscious of, rewarding your dog with treats and praise for a job well done will take you where you want to go much faster than punishing him for the unacceptable behavior. So, should you dog sit when you tell him to or behaves the way you like, love him for a little bit and maybe give him a little treat?
Positive reinforcement is one of the best tools that you can use to train an older dog or puppy.
Do not let the thought even enter your mind that you will not be able to teach your dog anything. If you use the proper training methods, the older dog that you are living with now will be behaving the right way before you know it.