Turn the clock back several years and Milo was a totally different dog. You’d find him tearing around the house, chasing the kids and scaring the cat. In fact, Milo seemed to have endless energy. However, today Milo isn’t quite the same. It’s not his fault, age is just finally catching up with him. Now he spends more of his days lying in doorways napping. He has also developed a new and rather annoying habit. He keeps whining whenever he wants something.
Training your older dog to not whine will save you from considerable earache. It also comes with other benefits. It means you can teach them a new and more effective way to communicate with you when they have a problem. This type of training will also make it easier to stamp out other bad habits too.
Training an older to not whine isn’t necessarily going to be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, they could be whining for any number of reasons. Part of the training will involve identifying what that problem is. Once you know that, you can set about effectively tackling the issue. You will then need to reinforce training with a range of tasty treats and toys.
Because your dog is older, training them not to whine could take a while. If they are particularly stubborn and unresponsive then it could be several weeks before silence descends on your house. However, if you can tackle the issue early and they are still eager to please, then you could see results in just a couple of weeks. Get training right and you can get back to appreciating your older dog and falling asleep on the sofa without being woken up by their whiney alarm clock.
Before you can get to work, you will need to make sure you have a few bits. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed. You will also need to stock up on treats or break the dog's favorite food into small pieces. A couple of toys will also be required.
Set aside as much time as possible for training. The more frequently you can address the issue, the sooner you will see results.
Apart from that, just bring patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!