Adult Dog Training
Older dog training can be very different from training a puppy. It can be simpler, adult dogs have a better attention span and they are more focused on you. It can also be more complex, adult dogs can come with a whole host of behavioural difficulties, an unknown history and ingrained bad habits. Whether your dog is small or large, a young adult or a senior pet, training is important. Training will give you a better behaved dog and it will also improve your dog’s relationship with you.
- better behaved dog
- reduce your dogs anxiety
- better relationship with your dog
You’ll need a few tools to start off when you train your dog. Firstly, you should never use a choke chain. There are many people who recommend the use of a choke (or check) chain when training an adult dog but they can do irreparable damage to your dog’s neck and they are not a kind way to train your pet.
- training knowledge
The next thing you need is some information. You can read up on the internet, your local library or even get professional advice. Your local dog obedience class is a great place to start. You will also need some treats – there are plenty of wholesome natural treats your dog will love available from pet supply stores and your local market.
The most important command to start with is the “come” command. You can incorporate the training for the come command throughout the day. Give the command when you want to groom your dog, feed your dog, play with your dog or simply throughout the day to enhance his understanding of the command.
The Basics Of Training An Adult Dog
Train your dog to walk on a leash, if they are not used to this, training an adult dog to walk on a leash can require superhuman patience. Make sure the dog is calm and keep training lessons short – no more than ten minutes.
Adult Dogs are similar to puppies – keep their training sessions short but repeat them every day
Put your dog on the leash and when the dog starts to pull, stop and wait for them to stop pulling. Your dog will soon get the message that pulling means they go nowhere. When training your dog it is best to walk in a square, keeping the dog ion the left in the correct heeling position. As you walk, make a sharp left turn at right angles into your dog. They will quickly learn that you know where they are going and that he should pay attention to you.
Make sure that you use the same commands for all training instruction. You may be worried that your dog had training with previous words to execute commands, but the truth is you could be speaking in a foreign language and your dog will still read your body language and complete what you ask of him. Be consistent in your training vocabulary and your dog will pick up your training words.
Older Dog Bad Habits
Your adult dog may have behavioural issues such as chewing, jumping on furniture, barking or jumping to name a few. Patience and positive reinforcement is the way to train your dog. Start with the basic commands of come, sit, stay and most importantly walking calmly on a leash. If you see your dog doing something incorrectly, make sure that you correct the behaviour straight away. When your dog trains well, make sure you reward it with plenty of praise and positive reinforcement.
Always finish your training on a win – even if you have to go back to the most basic of commands. Dogs will always have the occasional bad day – make sure your dog has a positive end to their training. Work with your dog every day. Repetition is the key to having a well-trained dog. Do not use shouting or other fear inspiring tactics – positive reinforcement will work wonders with your dog, particularly if they have behavioural issues linked to nervousness or anxiety.