- Step 1: Assess physical abilities Assess your dog's physical abilities. Don't expect an older dog to jump, leap, and run like a puppy.
- Step 2: Choose a clear goal Choose a clear goal such as teaching your dog to sit, speak, heel, or lay down on command.
- TIP: Older dogs are calmer and more receptive to commands, since both owner and pet have a trusting relationship.
- Step 3: 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.
- Step 4: Work in small steps Work in small steps and keep training sessions short. This is especially important for older dogs that may tire quickly.
- Step 5: Give commands consistently Give your dog commands consistently, and give the reward immediately after they do something good.
- Step 6: Remain patient 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.
- FACT: Did you know? A recent poll found that half of all pet owners consider their furry friend as much a member of the family as the people in the household.
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