December 30th, 2014 by Taylor Malowney
A simple, fun dog trick to teach is the handshake. All you need are some tasty treats and quality time with your pet.
It’s an old wive’s tale that you can’t teach an old dog a new trick—senior pets have just as much to offer as younger pets. However, elderly pets can struggle with more advanced dog training.
If your pet seems to be struggling, take a break and come back to it later. It’s important to avoid frustration for the sake of you and your dog—training should be about having fun!
Your pet should raise its paw, begging for the treat. Catch the paw and give up the treat. Don’t forget the praise!
If needed, provide gentle encouragement by softly tapping the inside of your pet’s knee until it bends. Tickle the bottom of a raised paw to bring it even higher.
Older pets may also be hard of hearing, which can lead to frustration. If a trick won’t stick, try another one! Even if your pet can’t get it down, what’s important is the time spent with your dog.
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