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Turns out you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. You just need these Howcast videos, which include advice on how to train a puppy.
You Will Need
- Dog treats
Assess physical abilities
Assess your dog's physical abilities. Don't expect an older dog to jump, leap, and run like a puppy.
Choose a clear goal
Choose a clear goal such as teaching your dog to sit, speak, heel, or lay down on command.
Reward good behavior
Focus on rewarding your dog with a treat or toy for good behavior. Don't reward bad behavior, but don't punish them, either.
Work in small steps
Work in small steps and keep training sessions short. This is especially important for older dogs that may tire quickly.
Give commands consistently
Give your dog commands consistently, and give the reward immediately after they do something good.
Remain patient and don't expect miracles with your older pet. But if you're consistent, you should notice a difference within a few weeks.