Is there a saying that goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” I’m here to debunk this myth by telling you about the dog dad and their senior dog (@oneandonlyminion) that I recently saw.
It’s all about Minon, this incredible 10-year-old dog, and believe me when I say that Minon isn’t just enjoying his retirement. This elderly dog is out here becoming an expert at new skills and showing them off!
@oneandonlyminion Replying to @JaelynnUdelhoven #narrowayhomestead #homesteadtoktok #offgridlife #theoneandonlyminion #farmdog #smalldog #dogpulling #workingdog #firewood ♬ original sound – Minion
In the video, Minon learns something quite amazing from his dog father. In addition to pulling a kid’s wheelbarrow, Minon is also shown gathering wood with his mouth.
It appears as though he is saying, “Age is just a number, people!” Not only is it adorable to see this furry senior work with such passion and focus, but it’s also really inspirational.
The potential that our elderly furry pals still possess is exemplified by watching Minon pick up and master this new skill. It serves as a sweet reminder that dogs never lose their capacity to learn and discover new things. Actually, training your senior dog new tricks might be a great way to maintain mental acuity and positive mood.
So, what is the best way to teach a senior dog new tricks? Yes, patience is essential. Although they may require a bit more time to train, older dogs possess a level of maturity and focus that puppies frequently lack. It works incredibly well to use positive reinforcement, such as sweets and lots of praise. Additionally, keep in mind to keep training sessions brief and enjoyable to correspond with their energy levels and attention spans.
We should never undervalue our elderly dogs since they have a lot of surprises up their sleeves, as Minon’s TikTok tells us!
So gather some treats, all you elderly dog parents out there, and let the good times roll! It’s possible that your elderly dog could become the next big thing on TikTok, proving to the world that dogs of all ages can master new tricks and even learn how to do them well!