Can An Older Dog Be Trained?


My dog is already an adult – he’s over six years old. I feel like a lot of things are well and truly instilled in him – both positive and negative things, and he’s very stubborn in a number of ways. Any advice for training a strong-willed adult dog?



It’s more of a challenge to transform an older dog that has already developed a lot of bad habits, especially if the dog is dominant i.e. possesses a strong will. That’s why I always recommend beginning my Perfect Dog training when you first bring the dog into your home (preferably when the dog is a puppy – even as young as 8 to 9 weeks old).

However, it can certainly be done. It just means you have to be determined to be the “bigger dog” i.e. an unwavering authority in your dog’s life. I have successfully trained thousands of older, stubborn dogs that have been well set in their ways – and so have a multitude of people around the world that have found my Perfect Dog system.

Yes, you can “teach an old dog new tricks” so to speak, so I encourage you to resist any temptation to believe the old adage that you can’t. As long as you thoroughly apply the principles I teach, you will achieve the same kind of success as those dog owners that have naturally submissive dogs.

Be sure to read the following Blog post which discusses in more detail how to effectively deal with challenging dogs: Read all the way to the end of the post so you don’t miss the “Critical Tips for Success.”

– Don Sullivan, “The DogFather”

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