(Closed) Is it possible for me to train my dog even though she just turned 2?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
239 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

That saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is totally false. What you do need is to provide some consistency in its training. Buy some training books for some tips, and make sure your Future Father-In-Law is on board with any training you decide on. If he’s un-crating your dog he’s undoing what you’re trying to teach. Don’t let him do that. You definitely need everyone in the house to work together.

Post # 4
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

it is totally possible. i adopted my dog at 1 year and put him through an 8 week training course at petsmart. It took a lot of effort on our part but it really paid off (so did having one of the top trainers in the area :p). I would suggest going to a petsmart and just talking to one of the trainer’s that are free.. they give great advice even if you don’t want to sign up for one of their classes!

Post # 5
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Yes you can! The best way is to start back from square one as if she were a puppy. Take frequent bathroom breaks outside and definitely reward her for doing her business in the correct places. Don’t let her out unsupervised so that you can make sure to catch her in the act. It’s tough at first, but she’ll get the hang of it!

Post # 6
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

Totally possible, but yeah, you’ve got to be consistent. No more sleeping in the bed, she’s got to sleep in her crate, otherwise she’ll pee on the carpet in the middle of the night and keep in the habit of doing so all the time. Yes, she’ll make a horrible cacophony for a while, more or less depending on her personality, keeping it up or giving it up after a while again depending on her personality. Your best bet is to just buy earplugs and shut the bedroom door. Yes you should cover the crate to make her feel more comfortable and secure, use a bunch of towels and weigh them down with heavy books so she can’t rip the towels down. Stay firm and consistent and good luck.

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yes, it is possible and there are some excellent pieces of advice above.

I would also recommend going to see a trainer or even better a veterinarian boarded in behavior. If you feel uncertain about your training protocol you probably won’t be very consistent. A professional can help you develop a plan and feel confident in it, plus help you get back on track if things go awry. 

Post # 8
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Find a good trainer along the lines of Ian Dunbar. My friend’s dog training website is here http://r-plusdogtraining.info/ In addition to being a dog trainer she’s been a science professor for 30 years so she approaches training methods as a science (what is really successful) not just a dogma (belief; no pun intended). Don’t buy into the Cesar Milan junk. Be positive. Plenty of dogs are adopted from shelters as adults and are trained.

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Like the others have said, it is absolutely possible!  I adopted a dog when she was 5 (she’s a greyhound, never lived in a home) and had her trained within a week.

The key is consistency and schedule.  You’ll have to keep her in your eyesight for the first couple of weeks.  Take her outside to do her business on a regular schedule and praise her to high heaven when she goes outside.  When she’s inside, if she starts to pee or poop, scold her with a harsh NO, then take her outside and when she goes out there, praise her to high heaven.

You can do it!  Old dogs CAN learn new tricks!  🙂

Post # 11
5497 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Nope. not to late to train her! She might cry for a couple of days or so, but I would just ignore her. If you take her out or something when she cries it’s rewarding the bad behavior. When she goes in the house it’s time to be firm and tell her no.

We’re In the process of training our needy 4 year old that nudging under the company’s hand for attention is NOT okay. For a dog that can’t even fetch it’s working really well. lol.

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