House Training Adult Dog – Old Dogs – New Tricks – Does Age Matter?

House training adult dog can be one of the most rewarding relationships in your life and does age matter? The bond between you and your pet will grow and soon you will discount the adage about adult dogs not being able to learn new tricks. Like all relationships, it takes time to bond and there will be issues resolved over time. After there is that bond, someone may ask, ‘Does age matter?’ and you’ll truly be able to answer NO.

Even older dogs can become great companions. Although they may have lived outside prior to your owning them, they can be successfully trained to not wet or soil the house. I would not recommend that anyone use any form of food or doggie treats as a reward. Generous pats and verbal praise can be much more meaningful to old dogs. Some of the older dogs of various breeds may have some sort of food allergy or perhaps, diabetes could be a factor. So, save food for meals. Old dogs can be taught new tricks with pats, verbal praise, patience and consistency.

Older dogs can be taught to respond to one-word commands. Overtime they will know exactly what you mean when you repeat and reinforce these one-word commands.

Some things about physical/medical issues of older dogs are critical, especially in some breeds. Once these breed-specific conditions are addressed, the vet will test for other health issues, vaccinations, urinary tract infections, flea problems, worms, other parasites. You need to be aware that temporary diarrhea can be caused by the change of environment. Initially, you might inquire of the vet if there is a medical problem that could cause them to wet or soil the house.

We must be patient to our new “companion”. Some breed-specific conditions might be due to the change in environment. One thing we really need to remember when working with our older dog: It is not the dog’s fault that he/she developed bad habits. If we’re patient with our animals, and gradually present new things in their new environment, this should be a fulfilling association.

So, don’t let anyone tell you that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. Many older dogs have made their way from the shelter by adoption or taking your older dog from a family whose circumstances have changed.

Therefore, both you and your dog’s first month together are very crucial for the future development of your dog’s character and habits. Older dogs have shorter attention spans. Therefore, more repetitions are needed during training to reinforce the desired habits. However, they also tire more easily, so the sessions should be carried out in even shorter chunks of time with lots of recovery periods in between.

When house training your older pet: Don’t be overwhelmed; consider the age difference; patience and consistency are a must; and, establish a routine. Considering these things will comfort your older dog and let him know what to expect from you.

Note Owners: Eating presses on the dog’s bladder and causes them to want to go.

Your Dog Tips – Should You Get a Puppy Or an Adult Dog?

Are you considering a canine companion, a hound to have around, or a puppy pal? There are pros and cons to considering puppies vs. adult dogs. Puppies are great fun, but plenty of work. Puppies need a great deal of attention, much more care and training-and lots and lots of play time. Puppies cannot be left alone as long as adult dogs. They must be watched at all times or kept in a secure place such as a crate when you can’t watch them. They need frequent trips outside to relieve themselves; they eat several times a day. An advantage of having a puppy is you train and socialize the dog right from the beginning. A puppy will quickly bond with family members.

Your house will have to be “child protected” with latches on cabinets where potentially dangerous things like cleaning supplies are kept. Puppies are curious and explore everywhere, often by chewing. New pups often have difficulty adapting to being away from their litter mates and your sleep will be interrupted for the first days after you bring him home. Housebreaking a puppy can be a messy chore. You have to be patient when the puppy makes mistakes. The good thing about a puppy is he is a blank slate: he can be trained and socialized so he is a perfect fit with your family. You don’t have to worry about breaking him of bad habits.

An alternative is adopting an adult dog from a shelter or foster home, or breed rescue organization. An older dog is usually already housebroken and can be left alone for longer periods of time. With an adult dog, you know right away what you’re getting in terms of: the size of the dog, the temperament, the activity level and personality. What you don’t know is the dog’s past, what may have happened that led the dog to be in a situation of being rescued-or abandoned. Adult dogs sometimes have developed behavioral issues because of past neglect or abuse. It may take time for you and your new adult dog to develop mutual trust. Some adult dogs can be nervous or have separation anxiety when introduced into a new home. Treat an adult dog with respect and affection. Talk softly and don’t move suddenly until you know your new canine companion and he knows you.

Don’t make the mistake of treating adult toy dogs, like Miniature Schnauzers as puppies. They’re not. Some small dogs don’t realize they’re little (just like some Great Danes think they’re lap dogs). Toy dogs should be house broken and well behaved just like their bigger cousins.

Many well-trained, sociable dogs are available for adoption, however, and you can certainly find one that will fit right into your household with minimal stress or period of adjustment. Just remember to give the dog extra care, attention and love when he first comes into your home. If he feels completely welcome and loved, he is bound to make a smoother transition.

Socializing An Adult Dog

If you have read any of my articles on socialization you have surely read my information concerning the period of socialization for a dog. That period in case you missed it is from birth to 20 weeks of age.

During this period we expose the new puppy to adults, children and other dogs in strange new places. If you don’t your dog may very well never be socialized and begin to show fear or aggression somewhere between 12 and 24 months of age.

But what if you dog was never socialized to begin with is there any hope of having a friendly well-adjusted dog? Yes and no. There are many factors to consider including the breed, the age and whether or not the dog has already started showing aggression.

Some breeds like Rotties, Dobies, Shepherds and Pits may never be socialized if they missed the 20 week window and have started showing aggression. However even some of those can be taught how to behave and be sociable.

Other breeds like labs, goldens and border collies are normally considered to be friendly dogs and most can be brought around even if they were not socialized by 20 weeks.

Of course the younger the dog is the better socialization will be for an adult dog. Has the dog started showing aggression, if not that is even better and always easier that try to help an aggressive fearful dog.

So how do we socialize these older dogs? Get them out and about. Get them around as many people as possible if they are not aggressive and to new places as well. At the same time that you are socializing the adult dog you should also be doing some good obedience training to establish the dog master relationship so that the dog knows you are the pack leader.

If your dogs have already started showing fear and some aggression you can still get them out so that they get used to having strangers in the area but not right next to them. As the process gets better you can actually move closer and closer to the people. You can make sure that strangers are safe by using a basket muzzle. The basket muzzle will allow your dogs to pant, drink and pick up treats from people that are helping you with this process.

Socialization is important and should continue for the life of the dog. Just remember to do it early if possible for best results.

5 Benefits Of Adopting An Adult Dog

Adopting an adult dog has many benefits over starting off with a puppy. In this article we are going to talk about some of those benefits that you might enjoy by adopting an adult dog.

1. Don’t have to deal with all the puppy raising issues

When was the last time you raised a puppy. Raising puppies can be a real pain in the rear and time-consuming as well, especially if you work or are gone away from home for long periods of time. In the beginning puppies need lots of time and attention to take them out to do their business and in feeding them multiple times a day. With an adult dog you shouldn’t have to do that.

2. Possibly house trained

When starting with an adult dog there’s a possibility that it’s already housetrained which will make your life much easier. However if it isn’t housetrained when you adopt it, it should be very easy to accomplish that task.

3. You know what you are getting

What I mean by this is when you get a puppy you never really know what you have until it matures. With an adult dog “what you see is what you get” so you know exactly what the dog will look like and how big it will be. You also have an opportunity to see its personality and demeanor around other dogs and other people before you bring it home.

4. Possibly had some training and some manners

With any luck possibly your new dog has had some training but if not no big deal because contrary to what you may have heard before “you can teach old dogs new tricks”. In fact sometimes an older dog can be much easier to train because they are calmer to deal with.

5. An adult dog can be calmer

Depending on the age of the dog and whether or not it has had any training you may find an adult dog is much calmer than a puppy. This has its benefits if you’re bringing the dog home to a family with small children or older adults.

As you can see there could be some real benefits by adopting an older dog. However please understand that it’s not always this easy. You need to make sure that you learn as much as possible about the dogs background and why the previous owner was disposing of it.

I think one of the most important things to consider is aggression. If the dog wasn’t socialized properly as a young puppy there may be fear or aggression and that is something that can be tough to deal with.

I always warn people when adopting a new dog that the first 15 days you really don’t know the dog yet. It seems that they always seem to be on their best behavior for the first couple of weeks but after that time the real dog comes out. So make sure that were ever you adopt the dog from global and we take it back if there are some major issues that pop up later that you are not willing to deal with.

So go become a hero to a dog and give it a forever home. It will love you forever!