We’ve all heard the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. It’s an idiom that we use to describe anything or anyone who is resistant to or unwilling to change, be they human or canine. If you’re looking to start training a dog that’s getting on in years, this phrase could discourage you and lead you to believe that your efforts will be in vain.
Is there any truth to this tired old cliché? Dogs are intelligent animals; can their age really impact their ability to learn and change their behaviour? Whether you have adopted an older dog or are looking to give your dog a refresher training course, we’ve put together a guide to help you out.
Why is Dog Training Important?
Dogs are our trusted and loyal companions. They stick by us through thick and thin and offer us affection and unconditional love. Owning a dog can be a wonderful experience, but if your dog is improperly trained, things can quickly become a nightmare.