We all know the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But it is false. It can be harder, and more time consuming to show an old friend new behavior, especially if their previous behavior is now expected.
For example, if you want to teach your dog to stop coming into the kitchen, then you can no longer feed them or pet them in the kitchen. They need to re-learn that this is an area in which they are no longer allowed. Teaching an old dog new tricks is often times harder for the owner since they have allowed the dog to continue forward with this behavior for awhile.
Teaching an old dog actual new tricks may be more difficult. Things like fetch, or running obstacle courses and things of that nature may be hard to train because of their age. But with enough patience, you can teach your dog these things as long as their health allows them to participate in these activities. At this time in your dog’s life, it is best to have them crate trained, if they are not then that should be the first thing to focus on.
Crate training can be hard for the owner because at first, the pet can whine and complain, leaving you broken hearted. But if you let them out when they cry that is just reinforcing the behavior that every time they do that you will let them out.
Effective discipline from the owner combined with patience will enable your dog to be a better version of itself. Often times, when paired with obedience classes from kennels that specialize in that area, older dog training is more useful for the dog and the owner.