Whether you have an older dog or a puppy, how he or she behaves is important. Online dog training is the simplest and least expensive ways to learn how to train your dogs.
If you are like me, you don’t have a clue where to start when training your dog. For years I have put up with behavior from my dogs that I don’t like, simply because I didn’t know what to do and thought it was going to cost me a fortune to take them to a professional trainer.
Dog Training Problems:
- Barking at the door
- Aggressive behavior with other dogs
- Aggressive behavior with people
- Separation anxiety
- Poor on-leash behavior
And there are dozens, if not hundreds more problems. These are just some of the problems I’ve encountered with my dogs over the years and ones that I was finally able to curb with a bit of time, work and surprisingly not a ton of money.
Can’t teach an old dog new tricks
Nothing could be further from the truth. I currently have three dogs and all of them are rescues. One of them, named Lucy, came from a very abusive background and was six years old when I rescued her. She wasn’t too bad considering how bad the first part of her life had been, but there were definitely things about her that I would have liked to change.
But I thought to myself “she’s older now, there is no way I can train her”
That is so wrong! Since I’ve started training my dogs, I’ve come to realize that older dogs are just as easy if not easier to train than a puppy.
I’m happy to report that after just a couple of months, Lucy is much better behaved and is happier too since I don’t have to get angry or frustrated when she does things I don’t like. Is she perfect? No. But then again none of us are. And to be honest, I love to spoil my dogs and often let some behavior go. I know I shouldn’t but that’s my problem, not my dogs!
I have to wait until my puppy is older
Again, nothing could be further from the truth. As soon as you are starting to potty train your dog, you can start training them in other ways too. Dogs mature a lot faster than us humans do and can understand you from a very early age.
I personally found it harder to train my puppy but then again I have dogs ranging from six months to nine years. A nine year old dog has a lot less energy than a puppy and by it’s nature tends to get into less trouble.
My Dog Training Example
We have three dogs. One of them used to like to bark at the door. A lot. If he wasn’t home or was sleeping somewhere in the house where he couldn’t hear the door, the other two couldn’t be bothered if the mailman came or someone else. But when he started barking, that of course got the other two to join in. It was a nightmare.
Because we are a dog family, all of our friends and family know and expect our dogs to be wandering about when we have a party or some kind of function at our home. But the problem was, when a lot of people were coming over, every single time someone came to the door, the dogs would bark. It didn’t make for a pleasant party atmosphere.
So barking at the door I decided was the first thing I would work on. I was dreading doing it because I don’t like to reprimand my dogs. But I read a lot about online dog training and realized you don’t have to be mean to your dog in order to train it.
I’m pleased to report that in virtually no time at all I had trained this bad behavior out of Buster (oops, sorry to mention, that is his name). I was so excited in fact that I threw a party at our house just to see how the dogs would react. The difference was night and day. Everyone commented on how well behaved my dogs were and kept asking who trained them. No one seemed to believe that I did it myself.
So you can teach an old dog new tricks. Doggy Dan taught me!