When I take my older dog to the dog park, I often see dogs pulling their owners when their on a leash. Sometimes it is hard to tell who is walking who! Since it is Walk Your Dog Month and I have lots of experience as a dog walker in Atlanta, I thought we would give you some tips to make walking your dog a little easier.
It is true that as we age, we get more settled in our ways. We often have a certain way of doing things developed over years of experience.
It is a myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks or that you can’t teach senior citizens new ways of doing things. For instance, research shows that 86% of seniors have embraced new technologies, either by using their cell phone or computers. Because dogs are always eager to please you, chances are they would love to spend time with you learning something new.
In fact, adult dogs are often easier to teach than puppies because they have a better ability to focus and are calmer. However, do not expect your older dog to run, leap and fetch like a puppy. What it really takes to train older dogs is patience, consistency and repetition. Here are five steps to make it easier for you to teach your dog new behaviors: