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!