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Tips for Training Adult Dogs

06 May 2013 | by Kritika Ponia | Posted in: Training

It is common knowledge that training a puppy is easier. This is why experts always advice you to train your dog while he is still a puppy. Habits can’t be rubbed off easily and you should understand that. If your puppy picks up a bad habit, it will be very difficult for you to change it later on, when he is an adult. Training your dog as soon as he comes home is vital.

Having said that, you shouldn’t be under the impression that training an adult dog is impossible. Many say that you just can’t teach an old dog a new trick but that is wrong. The truth is that it is harder but not impossible. Adult dogs have grown in their own way and want to lead their life like that. They will be resistant to change but they definitely aren’t immune to change. They are just as capable of learning as are puppies.( Dog Training According to Dog Types )

You can compare dogs to humans in this concept. While we are young, we learn easily. As we grow, we are not so flexible to learning but we do learn. The same goes with dogs. If you see it positively, you will actually realize that training an older dog is actually easier in some ways. For example, older dogs are calmer and less distracted. You can hold their attention longer. That is a HUGE advantage. Also, they understand you and you understand them. They know when you are playful and when you are serious. They know when to actually pay attention to what you are saying and listen to you. Thus, they won’t get naughty and goof around during your training sessions.

However, you shouldn’t forget that he would be adamant about the way he is and will pose difficulties. His habits will be harder to change but with effort, you will be able to accomplish it. If you missed training your dog while he was a puppy because of your careless or if you adopted an older dog from a shelter or if you decided to adopt a stray dog, these tips will prove to be very helpful to you:

adult dog trainingHouse Training Him

This is especially important for you if you have adopted an older dog. He may have been trained in his previous home but the setting has now changed. He is around new people now and that may lead him to misbehave and not follow what he learnt earlier. What should you do then? You should house train him again.

Buy a crate for him to make things easier. Be VERY consistent and persistent. This holds true at every step. Don’t give up even if he is too adamant.

Know that adult dogs have better bladder control and are calmer. House training them will be easier, thus, as long as you are persistent and strict.

Obedience Training Him

This can either be tough or easy. It all depends on how your dog is. Some adult dogs are very easy to train because they are calmer, more open, and willing to adapt. Some other adult dogs are supremely stubborn and will simply not learn anything you teach them even if it is something very simple.

The best tip is to always be positive and never lose your cool. This is especially important if you have adopted an older dog. You don’t know his temperament and you really don’t want to test it and find out the hard way. Always be nice to your dog and give him loads of dog treats teamed with praise.

Start small. Start off with the basic commands such as sit. He may take a long time to learn even something as simple as this but you shouldn’t lose your cool and start yelling or hitting him. He might snap back in anger or he may slip into depression. Nothing is more cruel than abusing your dog.

If your dog is too difficult to train, you might want to consider talking to a professional. Of course you will have to pay up but it will be worth it because your dog will be trained and like I always say, trained dogs are happy dogs!

Here are a few important things to always keep in mind while training an adult dog:

Ø  As aforementioned, always be positive with your dog. Hitting him will do you no good – ABSOLUTELY no good.

Ø  Praise him lots and lots for every good thing. Talk to him sweetly. Dogs can understand change in tone. Adult dogs, especially, will be able to make out when you are angry and mean, and when you are actually nice. Being mean can scare them or make them aggressive. A soothing tone will do wonders. Praise him so much that he starts craving for more. Toss him a treat too and that will butter him up very well. When he does something wrong, ignore him completely. That will tell him that he went wrong and soon he will learn to stop doing things that don’t earn him praise and treats.

Ø  You should make sure your entire family commits to training your dog. Of course, you will do most of the training but your family will also play an important role. For example, you may teach him that NO is a signal to stop in his track and leave whatever he wants to do. If another family member uses the command NAH or something else, he will get confused and won’t learn. If sit is the command to sit, everyone has to say sit only. You can’t use your native language one day and English language one day, and expect him to cope up. Consistency will come only when all the family members commit.

Ø  Invest in dog training aids such as training leashes and training pads, and so on to make things easier for you and your dog.

Ø  Lastly, give your dog a lot of exercise. Take him out for walks every single day. Make sure you make him wear a leash for his own safety. Be active so that your dog is active.

Yes, you may find that some of these tips are general ones but when it comes to adult dog training, these are even more important. This is why they have been mentioned separately. Training adult dogs can be fun and easy as long as you take advantage of their temperament and calmness.

Comments

Sonali Baveja
Really a thoughtful and helpful article.....I was looking for such an article to train my pet who is now 4 years old....thanks

By: Sonali Baveja | 05 Aug 2013

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