You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, or at any age.
Although we see our pets as an extra furry family member, they are an animal and require a different set of rules than the human family members. Animals in the wild rely on a hierarchy within a social group, and it is the same even for our domesticated friends. It is important that in the household, the humans are the boss and your pet knows that you are in charge.
The best time to start is when you first get your new puppy or kitten. When they are young, they are more easily trained since they do not typically have much previous experience that have established certain negative behaviours. This doesn't mean that your adult cat or dog cannot learn and be trained, it will just take a little extra work on your part.
One avenue for training can occur with puppy classes. These are a great way to socialize with other puppies and to establish that initial connection, where you are in command. If you are in the Markham/Unionville area, we recommend Life's Ruff, puppy training classes, provided by Debbie Reynolds (a link to more information is posted below). There are a variety of options in the area so if you have any questions on when or where the best place to start training your furry friend, please contact us and we can help you find the best solution for you pet