Some people believe you can only train a puppy. They believe that if you stall too long of a time, a dog will just never learn anything you try to show them, including how to break bad habits.
This is a big concern considering the trend of adopting as opposed to purchasing pups today. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the adoption movement. I am a tremendous supporter of it. And I feel that adopters must know there are a couple rules you can teach a dog at any age. Such as these:
To end the crying
With babies, we are told not to go to them when they are crying. No matter how loud and how long they cry, we are to resist the temptation to go and cuddle them. That’s right, we have to endure their piercing cries. But why? To possibly set it up so that one day, there will just be no cries. You put up with a little now, so that you don’t need to put with it forever! This concept goes for dogs. If you don’t react to their cry, they get it in their minds that crying doesn’t accomplish anything. But if you respond to} them, pet them, or even so much as make eye contact with them once they are crying, this states to them, “Crying gets the job done. I will continue this tactic.” Give your dog a few stern no’s when he cries, and after that just ignore him. It may take weeks or even months, but so long as you are persistent in your approach, in most instances the dog will begin crying dramatically less.
To keep away from specific areasrooms
Every house is different and so are the rules in it. If you adopt a dog, he may have been permitted to roam everywhere in his previous residence and may not realize it’s not okay to do that in your home. Whenever your dog goes into an area he is not permitted in, say “No!” and usher him out. This can involve guidingt him out by the collar, or simply walking behind him so he has no choice but to leave. Also, any time you see him approaching the room, yell, “No!” You have to do this every time though, because each and every time they are allowed in there without repercussions, they are back at square one and all bad associations with entering the area vanish for them. My good friend who is a voice coach teaches singing lessons in LA to small kids has a Great Dane. The dog is so sweet but, its big stature frightens kids and it could even unintentionally harm one by leaping on them. So, whether or not there are kids in her singing room learning how to sing better, my friend keeps the dog from there at all times. She doesn’t want to confuse the dog by permitting her in there when no kids are there, and all of a sudden kicking her out once students are there.