Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
I believe so. No time is too late if the dog is comfortable; 10- and 11-year-olds are not unusual.
Many dog training classes are geared to family pets and their owners, and they’re not just for dogs with behavior problems. Most dogs are seriously under-stimulated and bored. Training gives them something to do. Some dogs, like golden retrievers and shelties, can get away with no training, but most others need it.
To find a trainer in your area, search our site for one in your area and arrange to observe a class before signing up, making sure you’re comfortable with the methods used.
All trainers agree that while you need a highly dedicated owner, the whole family has to be involved, since everyone interacts with the dog. In families where there are several handlers, private training may be best.
Keep in mind that the wrong class can do damage. Some dog’s genetic coding makes them bark at every sound and chase anything that moves so it can be difficult to outsmart a dog’s genetic coding.