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Old Dog, New Trick

11-year old Emmit loves to learn.  He eagerly learns the name of each toy that come in our house & he will find that toy in the toy box any time you are willing to play.  Once I became a ‘stay-at-home dog mom’, I was determined to teach him a few new things.  Unfortunately, my plans were quickly derailed because he had some health problems.

About a month ago, I was hiding his pills in a treat & I realized that I was wasting a good opportunity.  Here I was giving him a treat three times a day for doing nothing.  He didn’t seem to notice that the treats have pills inside, so why not use do some training?  I will mention that he LOVES these treats.  I do sometimes mix things up & give the treats without the pills.

Why waste a training opportunity?
Why waste a training opportunity?

We’ve decided to teach Emmit a command that we call “Go to mat”.  It’s having him go stay on his dog bed until he is released.  Not only does he run to his mat, every time we give the command, but it’s been amazing to have him out from underfoot when we’ve had deliveries.

I won’t go into the step-by-step details on how we’re teaching him, but it was no different than teaching a younger dog.  Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks never met Emmit!