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Pain Or Symptoms When Training The Aging Dog
Dogs very often tell you when
they are in pain, although not always. Should you find the down
placement very painful for your dog, and should he find it painful to
lie down apart from his obedience lesson, then it may be more
beneficial to dispense with the DOWN command altogether. These
conditions vary with the individual dog, so that ultimately you have to
trust in your own evaluation of the situation and then follow your
In no instance do we want to obedience-train an older dog at the
expense of his reasonably physical and mental comfort. The Down-Stay
serves to keep the dog out of your hair, and your company's lap, for
longer periods of time than a Sit-Stay. With an effective Down-Stay,
you need not shoo him away in a strategic retreat to the basement or
bathroom. Chances are that your older dog is fit enough to pester
company. If this be so, then he is certainly fit enough to learn the
In obedience training you must behave like a cool, calm machine. You
will be able to hold out longer, with less exhaustion, and your dog
will learn more easily and more rapidly, realizing that you have the
situation under control. Dogs will take advantage of their owners'
weaknesses, even at an older age, and this will only mean more
difficult, resentful training, with more discomfort for both of you.
Speak and act calmly, slowly, deliberately, rationally, and
consistently if you want to maximize your training potential and the
subsequent benefits that accrue both to you and to your older dog.
The older dog is no longer as efficient at regulating his body
temperature. Fats are responsible for this. The older dog often tends
to lose weight and some of the fatty components of his body. In effect,
he is not that well insulated anymore. So, when obedience training the
older dog, you must take care not to work him in extremes of heat and
cold. This holds true for any dog, but more so for the older dog.
Constipation and incontinence can also be problems. It is important to
allow the dog to relieve himself before and after an obedience session.
If a dog suffers incontinence during the course of training, just
ignore it and clean up later. Don't allow a small puddle of urine to
interfere with your training session. It is also important not to feed
your dog just prior to or after an obedience-training session. Feeding
before can upset his digestion, and feeding after can not only cause
indigestion but can be interpreted as a bribe. This we never want to
do. Don't work your older dog to exhaustion. Several short sessions are
always preferable to one long one.
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