Dog Training – Is It Possible?!

May 26, 2011


We’ve heard it a million times: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. It’s a proverb that I think I have always believed, literally. I mean, with old dogs. Every dog we’ve had, once it hits a certain age, FORGET IT. Maybe it’s just that I am no good with dogs. (I do actually prefer cats, and my cats are *relatively” well behaved, as well as a person can train a cat, haha).

The two most difficult things I have ever encountered with training dogs is housetraining and making them stop jumping on people. Man I hate that! It would also be very nice to make it so a dog wouldn’t pass gas in public, but I don’t think ANY AMOUNT of training will resolve that, not in a billion years. 😯

Anyway, every dog and dog owner could use some dog obedience tips, right? According to the Dog Training Assistant, no dog is too old to learn new behavior. That’s very encouraging. 😀 Check out their list of tips, I thought it was very good. I especially like the “be positive” tip. It’s VERY hard to be positive when your dog is pooping its way across your carpet, I tell you what! But according to the article, dogs are NOT like humans and they do not respond well to punishment. And there’s an article about clicker training, too. I’ve heard about that working even with cats.

If you have a dog, check out the list. I found the advice extremely enlightening!

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6 Responses to “Dog Training – Is It Possible?!”

  1. Debby Pucci Says:

    Our little girl Skye still likes to jump up and greet people. We don’t get much company so it’s not that big of a deal. As far as housebreaking I have always been pretty good and training my dogs. This time with Skye I got a tip from someone and it worked perfectly. We tied a long string on a bell and hung it at the back door just high enough that she has to stretch to ring it. I would ring the bell and take her out. Then she started ringing it herself with days. She is now almost 2 1/2 and still ring the bell, it’s so cool!

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Debby, that bell tip is incredible! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Lynne Says:

    It seems that no matter how much training we do, when the dog gets excited, all that training goes right out the window! All the spoiling we do I’m sure doesn’t help!

  4. lin Says:

    It’s like having kids–you have to be diligent and incessant in your training and after awhile, it takes hold. But like too many people, we are tired and don’t feel like reprimanding the pets after a long day of work or whatever else we do. And after raising my kids, I just don’t feel like yelling at the dog or clicking or training him (and me). Sigh. Life is exhausting and it is typically more of a human issue than a dog/cat issue I have found.

  5. Karen and Gerard Says:

    I am so glad our dog does not jump up on people–it’s really very well behaved. I’m interested in looking at that list though–thanks for the link.

  6. The Other Alice Says:

    Ha, I have to agree with Lin!