He’s been an integral part of your life for many years now. He’s been around longer than some of your furniture and he’s comfier than most of it too. In his youth, your dog always had a mischievous streak running through him. He’d charge across fields after dogs on the horizon. He could cause a serious mess on your kitchen floor too. He’s mellowed out as he’s gotten older though.
Having said that, he has retained one bad habit, dancing with death by playing around on roads. You aren’t sure if he can sense you are nervous and that’s what makes it so exciting for him, or whether he’s just a big fan of cars. Either way, the older he gets, the slower he becomes and the less likely it is he will run out of the way in time. Training him to stay away from the road though, could well save his life.
Training any dog to stay clear of the road can be difficult. The challenge is even greater if he is older. Firstly, the habit will have formed over many years so it is harder to break. Secondly, he won’t be as responsive to training as he was when he was a puppy. Fear not though, training can still prove successful. The first thing you need to do is take a number of steps to prevent him from getting too close to the road. You will then need to find an incentive for keeping him clear. Obedience training and commands will also play a role in asserting your control.
Depending on how stubborn he is, training could take anywhere from one week to six. The more consistently you train, the sooner you will see results. Get this training right and you won’t need to worry about him causing an accident or the hefty vet bills that come along with a collision.
Before you get to work, you’ll need to get a few bits together. A short training leash will be required. You may also want to use a body harness if he is big and strong. This will reduce strain on his neck while affording you greater control.
Set aside a few minutes each day for training. You can also train while you are on your daily walk. Make sure you have a decent supply of treats or his favorite food broken into small chunks.
Once you have the above, just bring patience and a positive attitude, then work can begin!