There was a nice article written by Mikkel Becker, and published by VetStreet.com on training older dogs.
The following two paragraphs are excerpts from this article:
“It’s never too late to train a dog. Adult and senior dogs who have never had any formal, structured training can still grasp the idea of following instructions in order to obtain a reward. The trick to training an older dog (who may have picked up some bad manners over the years) is to teach him to think about what behaviors he should do to earn a reward and how to respond when he is asked to perform that behavior. The bigger reward of training, for both dog and human, is increased communication and bonding between pet and owner.”
“Recently, Moxie, a newly adopted 10-year-old Boston Terrier, came into my training class. She had no prior training and growly manners with other dogs. Moxie’s pet parent, Cheryl, was a first-time small dog owner and she wanted to start their relationship off right. Moxie quickly learned the basics, such as sit, down, stand and heel, and very soon began to outperform her younger peers with tricks, such as shake and spin. Despite all of the other dogs in class being years younger than Moxie, she rose to class stardom and unabashedly became the teacher’s pet, stepping up as my demo dog for most of the exercises we learned.”
Divinity was nearly 10-years old when she began her training. Divinity quickly passed her Canine Good Citizen test, and followed that up a month later by passing the Pet Partners therapy dog evaluation test. Divinity was the third oldest dog in our area to become a therapy dog.
To read the complete article on training older dogs, click HERE