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With Obedience Training For The Older Dog
Obedience training can
certainly be accomplished at any age, yet we must use discretion when
training the older dog, since obedience training is psychologically
demanding. We should differentiate between old and seriously infirm. To
effect a good program of obedience, we must always have infinite
patience. But, with the older dog, we sometimes need more patience and
gentleness than usual.
The older dog is approached with the same basic techniques as his more
youthful counterpart, but certain compensations should be made. Hand
signals need to be more distinct, to accommodate a gradual failing
eyesight. Verbal commands should be extra clear and lengthened to
counteract any possible hearing impairment. When in doubt, the learning
or placing phase of obedience can and should always be carried on for
an extra few days to an extra week. We don't want to encourage
resistance by exerting weak corrections, so we must compensate with
A dog who is older will not move as quickly as he did in his prime. If
your dog is not taking advantage of you but is simply sitting more
slowly, then you must allow those extra few seconds before exerting a
sit correction. Should the dog be arthritic or suffer from serious hip
dysplasia, you may want to dispense with the SIT command altogether and
just have your dog do a Stand-Stay at your side when you stop.
way you will have heeling control without discomforting the dog
unfairly. Once your older dog is sitting with reasonable speed and
comfort, it takes very little extra effort to make him stay. A Sit-Stay
increases your control over the sit.
A dog who finds it hard to negotiate walking, or one who lies down and
gets up very slowly, will have to be placed on the down for an extra
week, on a soft surface, so he won't resent it. When you return to heel
your dog off, he may very well require more time to get up from the
Down-Stay than from the Sit-Stay.
This holds true even with a
healthy dog. So you must have extra patience allowing him to rise as
you give the command to HEEL.
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