Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Hey Everyone.... check out my first "real" movie video about dog training at Cold Creek Dog Training. You really can teach an old "human" dog new tricks so it seems!
This young German Shorthair pointer has a lot of energy! She was such a puller on the leash originally. Here is a small snapshot of the way we teach and connect and how she responds after a few days of training..... very happy and willing ! Because the communication is clear that's what makes the dog understand.
It also shows the setting your dog will be learning in at our hobby farm in Gettysburg.
I know you can teach old dogs new tricks for sure !.... , I've had clients with older dogs over the years have super successful training results teaching that old dog new tricks! Really long ingrained behaviors like aggression and anxieties really can be changed later in life too!
A perfect example is client with a larger mixed rescue dog of about 10 years old, give or take, that had serious fence fighting aggression with the dog next door and overall life anxieties. Everything changed for them because good obedience, really high level stuff (not the type where dog only does it when he "sees" a treat" ) and proven behavioral reshaping can make a huge difference in everyone's quality of life..... even in later dog years ! Rusty now ignores that other dog, even when the other dog is barking! Can you imagine what a relief it is for the owners after years and years of this ;)
It's always easier of course to start off with a puppy and fresh new empty brain to fill with knowledge... but it doesn't always work out that way for lots of reasons.
Things can always be changed, dogs live in the moment and every moment is new!
So as I approach "old dog" status... it took me a bit to get with the program of learning some new video technology training for me- but here it is! A super video clip with all the bells and whistles!-- some audio narration, and the lovely intro spin too! Yes I can be trained it seems !
I've tried to avoid the video scene for a long time.... and just recently started taping the dogs (see what I mean?? who "tapes" anymore!)
and I found people enjoy watching them so much! it doesn't matter how perfect it looks, maybe it's the "realism" that makes everything so believable.
And that's how things go with dog training and life philosophies in general- it's never perfect!
We always strive to be the best we can... with the most clear and black and white communication so dog understands easily.
Imagine if you were trying to understand a foreign language- and someone was trying to tell you what you needed to do ... thats your dog :)