If you're like many people, you have a dog that you consider to be part of the family. You love your canine friend, and you want your dog to be happy, but you also have a few issues with the way your dog behaves overall. It's not that you don't love your dog or don't give them time and attention, it's more that you've trained your dog in some things but maybe not others, or you have an inconsistency in keeping your dog's obedience a priority.
As such, your older dog has a few quirks that you don't quite like. Should you train your older dog? Can you even do it? You can, and you should. Here are reasons why.
Your dog will be happier
Dogs are pack animals by nature and prefer being part of a system, having a leader and knowing what their role is in their human pack. This is something you can provide your dog by maintaining your alpha status and making it clear what your dog's role is in the house. Start with smaller training commands and stick to them. Your dog training expert will assist you in remaining consistent in the way you train your dog.
Your dog will be able to socialize more
Your older dog will be able to socialize more frequently if you have them properly trained. Your dog will be able to walk around on or off leash, play with children, be obedient in parks, and do other things because you will have greater control over your canine's actions. When your dog can socialize more with you, you'll be happier because you don't have to leave your dog anywhere or leave them stuck at home, and your dog will be thrilled to be able to safely enjoy activities with you.
Note: Always carry a leash with you, even if you are in backpacking country. A leash is a first defense in helping you manage and control your dog in the event of a true emergency.
Your dog will be safer
Your dog should be able to stop and obey on a dime, which will make your canine feel safer all the way around. You want your dog to be able to avoid certain situations like not running out into the street or taking off when the door is left open, so make sure you have your dog training specialist fill you in on the best training methods for your canine friend.