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By the time your dog has reached adulthood, he should already have been well domesticated and able to enjoy a harmonious relationship with you. Your dog’s adult years should also be a more relaxed time for you, knowing that your dog has been house trained and no longer needs to be disciplined nor to be kept on a leash to stop his aggression.
At this stage, he would also enjoy the extra freedom you can now grant him to do some “jobs”. He would by now mastered his skills to listen and understand your expectations, which will make him more confident.
Although much of the dog training he had when he was still a puppy are paying off now that he is more matured, it does not necessarily follow that all his training should completely stop. It is highly recommended by most trainers that adult dog training sessions be given to more matured dogs in order to reinforce their early lessons on obedience and discipline.
A weekly visit to a dog trainer can provide your dog that opportunity to refresh his skills and at the same time strengthen his bond with you as you and your dog go through the training activities. The old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” is not completely true, if you help your dog maintain an active lifestyle which can also give him opportunities to learn new things daily.
A few short adult dog training sessions on agility for example, will help your dog stay fit throughout his adult life. The training sessions will also provide your dog a good deal of physical and mental exercises to prevent him from getting bored. We know that most of bad dog behavior easily resurfaces when a dog is not given enough mental stimulation or physical exercise.
It is then essential to create a stimulating environment for your adult dog which will keep him occupied and prevent him from getting bored. Boredom is one of the biggest frustrations of domesticated dogs who are usually left on their own during the day. This results to developing negative behaviors such as excessive barking or chewing on your couch or your child’s shoes.
Your adult dog will still need a balanced amount of physical and mental exercise as part of his daily life. Adult dog training activities that stimulate him mentally and demand some physical stamina from him will keep him busy, healthy and happy. The overall quality of his life will improve, which will actually even add more years to his life.