We’ve all heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but what if we told you that you can teach an old dog new tricks! At Off-Leash K9 Huntsville, we offer dog obedience training for all ages! Whether you have a new puppy that needs to learn some manners or you just adopted an older dog that was never properly trained, we offer a variety of programs to help you train your dogs to be well-behaved members of the family! Contact us at 256-417-4686 to sign up for our classes! We look forward to working with you and your pooch.

Learning new tricks is not only a great way for you and your pup to bond, but it also helps keep the mind stimulated and engaged. In today’s article, we will talk about some tricks that are easier for old dogs to learn and some helpful tips on how to teach them. Continue reading below to learn more!

Older Dogs

The idea of teaching your senior pup a new trick might be exciting, but there are a couple things you need to keep in mind. As dogs age, their joints may become painful with arthritis, much like adults. Depending on the age of your dog, his or her limbs might be achy and he or she may have a harder time sitting or long periods of time or jumping. As their owner, you are aware of their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their health, so don’t let the excitement of learning a new trick cloud your judgement on what Fido can or can’t do physically.


Yes, you can actually teach your dog to yawn on command! This trick takes a lot of patience, but the end result is pretty cute. The main focus for teaching your dog to yawn on command is to capture their behavior naturally. This means that every time you observe your pup yawning, either use a clicker or say a keyword like “good,” or “yes,” and then give them a treat. Much like Pavlov and his experiment with the bell, soon your dog will start to associate yawning with a reward and eventually he or she will learn to do it on command!

Pick Up Toys

This is a great trick to teach your dog if he or she already knows how to play fetch. Not only will your dog be able to help you tidy up around the house, but this trick helps your favorite old pooch get up, move around, and loosen stiff joints.

The most important part about teaching this trick is to set your dog up for success. Stand or sit behind a box or basket with your pup’s favorite toy in hand. Once you get Fido’s attention, toss the toy so they run after it. If your dog is used to bringing toys back during a game of fetch, then this trick should be simple to learn. When your pup brings it back, try to encourage him or her to drop it in the basket. If he or she does the trick right, reward him or her with praise and a treat. Even if your dog drops the toy close to the basket, it’s important to encourage him or her so that they will be more likely to repeat it. Eventually, the goal is to phase out the fetch portion and slowly work towards placing the toy on the ground for your pup to go and retrieve.

Dog Obedience Training

These are just a couple tricks for you to try with your older pup. For more tips and tricks for you and you dog, browse our website! Off-Leash K9 Huntsville offers many different packages for dog obedience training and we would love the opportunity to work with you and your dog. Contact us today to sign up for our classes!