House Training Older Dogs

House training older dogs is not difficult if you are able to find out more about your dogs' previous environments, lifestyles or habits. The most important and useful way in house training older dogs are to decide on how you want to approach the dog and gain his trust.

Any older or adult dog that was not previously exposed to any housetraining at a young age is going to bring along his/her bad habits such as chewing, excessive barking, making holes in the yard or “marking” the territory. An older dog is also more likely to progress much slower to your training methods and commands.

Therefore, both you and your dog first month together are very crucial for the future development of your dog’s character and habits.

Here are the tips for house training older dogs:

  • A complete check-up at the vet is necessary in order to eliminate any existing health problems or complications such as urinary tract or flea infections.

  • Older dogs may experience some form of diarrhea if there is a sudden change from their previous dietary habits. Do not punish him for these "mistakes". Instead be patient and allow your dog a week to adapt to the changes gradually. If conditions did not improve, consult your vet.

  • Always establish a routine schedule for eating and drinking for your dog. This helps you to easily monitor your dog's toilet habits and decide when to bring your pet out for a walk every time he or she finishes his/her meals.

  • The crate training method is highly recommended if you do not have the time to walk your dog.

  • Focus on establishing good communication and playing time so that the dog may see you as his playmate and friend.

  • Older dogs have shorter attention spans therefore more repetitions are needed during training to reinforce the desired habits. However, they also tires more easily so the sessions should be carried out in even shorter chunks of time with lots of recovery periods in between.

  • Refrain from using food as rewards on older dogs. They tend to gain weight more easily and slower to lose those pounds as compared with the younger dogs. A good choice is to use lots of praises and pats.

  • Older dogs may have acquired some form of bad habits in the past therefore never use violence on them if they committed some form of undesirable behavior. You can use a firm voice command "No" or leaving your dog alone in a room immediately after his/her unpleasant behavior for 30 seconds and it will be more than enough to communicate your expectations to your dog.

Like all dogs, house training older dogs require your full dedication and consistency in the training process. It is important to create a sense of familiarity for your pet so that the desired habits and behavior can be successfully instilled in your dog. If you pay attention to these aspects, then house training older dogs would be a breeze.

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