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5 Ways to Train Teenage Dogs

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Train teenage dogs with these helpful tips

Here are five tips on how to train an older dog (one in its teenage years). Although many of the tips are for teenage dogs, most could be helpful for younger and older dog training, too. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

1) Older Dog Training

Teenage dogs have a much shorter attention span and are easily distracted by their environment. Remember that training teenage dogs is like dealing with teenage kids. They want to explore the world and find their place in it.  You’ll find previous techniques you have used to train won’t work during this phase.  Find creative ways to train a teenage dog that involve playing games.  Show your dog fun tricks instead of the same old “sit” and “stay.”  Reward your pet with interaction like tug o’ war instead of just treats.  Reward your pet for making good decisions on their own.

2) Social Interaction

Make sure your pet has plenty of opportunity to interact with people and other dogs.  Schedule play dates with your friends’ pets.  By inviting people over to your home, you’re communicating and training your teenage dogs that people are welcomed to the home.  Reward good behavior with your dog’s favorite treats or toys. Yes, older dogs can still be trained!

3) Exercise!

Dogs from the 6 month to 18 month age range can have unending energy.  An hour walk will barely put a dent in your dog’s thirst for excitement.  Give your pet time to chase and explore new things.  If you don’t have a yard, take them to the park.  Remember, though, that your teenage dog is still developing.  Don’t involve them in too much joint straining activity like long-distance running.  Give your pet the proper downtime in-between activities.  This will help keep their hormone levels from soaring too high and keep your pet from getting too excited, making it easier to train your teenage dog.

4) Control The Dog’s Environment

Use dog crates, fences, and play pens to create destructive-proof areas where your dog can play unsupervised.  When on walks or in parks, use long line leashes to train teenage dogs to come back to you.  Keep anything that your pet could use to be destructive far, far away.

5) Have Fun

Enjoy your dog’s curiosity and excitement for the little things.  Remember how challenging it is for your dog in this phase of their life and try to relate to them.

 

Got more questions about training teenage dogs?  Visit Abracadabra Pet Center in Ormond Beach and ask one of our experienced employees.