Tatang Training #2 – Old dog learns to “Shake Hands”

[Lestre] a'Quiya, shake! I'nca, shake! Pablo, shake! Good. Isko, shake. In this series, we will show you that you can still teach old dogs new tricks. Starring Isko the handsome, who is an 11-year-old Siberian Husky… Isko, shake. …but doesn't know any tricks. Paws up, friends! Finally! After waiting for a long time Isko, your daddy even needed to sell everything just for this video to happen. Just for you, that's how much I love you. We are going to make your first ever episode.

Did you fire the director? As you can notice guys, Isko, an 11 years old, doesn't really know any tricks. The other three dogs, they know how to 'shake'. 'Shake hands', it was easy to teach those dogs. But him, he doesn't know any. You can also apply this to your dogs even though they are already old. We will see if we can still train him and teach new tricks. Isko is already a little slow-learner. You should do this so you can be famous. Every dog knows how to shake hands, but not you. If you look at one pack of dogs that knows how to shake hands, the other three looks smart. But you, you look dumb. Let's prove to them that you are not dumb. Teaching 'shake hands' to Pablo, I'nca, a'Quiya was just so easy. It's been a long time since I taught them that and it was also easy to Pablo even though he was just a new dog.

The only thing you know is 'sit' and 'down'. People are always asking us if you can still teach dogs that are 1 year above already or a little older already, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years. Imagine, Isko is 11 years and we will show you this old dog training to prove that you can still teach your old dogs new tricks. Wait, let's call our artist, Tatang (old)! Come here! No, not you. You are not allowed to be a proxy here. This is about old dog video, not puppy. Old! You're taking everything.

Not allowed! Come with us and we will teach him new tricks. Let's see if he can do it or if we are going to give up, let's stop this old dog training. Because this is going to be nonsense if you can't do it. Let's do it step by step process. You think teaching 'shake hands' command is just easy but it is actually not easy.

Because there are dogs that do not want their paws to be touched. There are dogs that feel uncomfortable even with a little off balance. In fact, in dogs' body language, there is a meaning behind lifting their paw. There is a lot of meaning behind it- "I'm ready to charge", "I'm ready to attack", or "I am unsure" but, we will establish here that it is rewarding for a dog when he lift that paw. And it also means that the dog is trusting you. I brought here some treats for Isko. If you still don't know what treats I use, I have a video for that. We will put it in the description box below. You are disturbing us here. You have your own show. It's his show. Let's give him a chance. I have treats. I give it to Isko. Normally, when dogs can't pick up with their mouth, they use their paws. But I'm definitely sure, it is not the case for Isko. He has a really long patience. I have one unconventional way to teach a dog 'shake hands'.

So here, Isko! I will just hold him. I just want his body to remember that when I hold this in this position… You are disturbing us here, move! This is for Isko, not yours. Sit! You really want to show off. Shake! Oh, he says it's just easy. Don't worry, you can do this. We will work hard on this. There, shake. Okay. Isko, shake! Shake! No, not you! Here. Isko, shake! There you go! Even though he just lifted his one foot a little, I will touch it immediately then I'm going to reward him. Isko, shake! Shake! Shake! There you go! Move, you're a distraction. Sit! You're very good! Okay. Patience, patience. Remember, in training, you need patience especially if it's old already. Shake! Shake! Lift! There you go. I'm just touching it, I'm just tapping it like this. Shake, Kuya (older brother) Isko! There you go! Good job! Shake! No, shake! You're the one who's always doing the command. Okay, shake! Shake, Kuya Isko.

Later let's test it again. I just want to see if he can do it more on the floor and not on this platform. Kuya Isko, shake! There you go! That one was just simple, okay? You need to act fast. You need to be at the right timing. Kuya Isko, shake! Shake, Kuya Isko! Kuya, Kuya Isko! Sit! There you go. And we need to make it fun. Remember, Isko is already old.

Shake Kuya Isko! Kuya Isko, lift it! Move there. Shake, Kuya Isko. There you go! Very good! Remember, again, sorry for those who are watching if it's taking a little long, Tatang is old already. Let's take it slow. His brain is processing it slow. But still, as you can see, if we just extend our patience, he will do it. Shake, Kuya Isko! Kuya Isko! He might keep forgetting it. Yes, yes, yes, shake Kuya Isko! There you go! There you go! Good job! Shake, Kuya Isko! What, are you going to think first? Loading? Loading? Okay, is it done loading? Okay, shake! Shake! As you can see a while ago, he was already doing it and then he was not.

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He was not doing it consistently because it is not yet really imprinted on his mind. But, if you will just be consistent on rewarding him every time he does that, it will be imprinted on his mind. It always needs to involve patience, especially if it is a puppy. But it is more difficult if it is old already. I have said that you're old several times, they know it already. Okay, shake! Shake, Kuya Isko! Shake! Look, he's thinking. All right, let's change this. He's becoming uncomfortable here. Let's remove this here. Come here, Kuya Isko. Yes, sit! Very good! Shake, Kuya Isko! There you go! Oops, I didn't catch his paw. sorry! Isko, shake! There you go! Very good! Always reward it with treats and also show some happy feeling after he has performed the task. What? Are you going to walk out now? You don't want to do it anymore? Come here! Sit! That's my boy! Shake! There you go! What? Are you jealous? Sit! Shake! Shake! You do it too.

Go there. Kuya Isko is angry now. This is his own show. Shake hands! Shake! Very good, Kuya Isko! What? Enough already? You're walking out now? Hey, we are still going to do the outro, Isko! Come here! Wait, guys. Kuya Isko left. Do you know why? He felt tired with what we did. He is drinking water right now. Again, I repeat, if it is already an old dog and doesn't know anything, you need to have patience. Let them feel that they have a comfortable experience while training. So if he needs a water break, pee break, as you know, he may not be able to control his bladder anymore.

Isko, are you done? Come here, bebe! Isko! Let's go! Here he comes. Our old dog is coming back now. Are you okay now? Have you drank water already? Of course, you are ready to be trained again. See? He immediately did 'shake' because he just drank water. Shake! See how fast Kuya Isko did the 'shake'! Guys, let's stop it here. As you can see, I'm dripping in sweat just from training 'shake' which did not happen from training my other dogs. But with Isko, even if I was dripping in sweat, we accomplished something. If you're teaching a dog, especially an older one, if you taught them the 'shake', you should want to end your training session the last thing he did was to do the 'shake' command correctly.

That was the last thing he did in your training session so that is what he is going to remember and it will be imprinted on his mind. But don't worry, eventually, we will go back to the commands we taught to Isko so we can see if he can really remember it. But for now, as you saw, he just did two 'shake' commands, after he drank water, he walked out again, drank water again, then rest.

So, you really need to have time and patience, and be dedicated to teaching your dog that had aged already. Remember that old dogs, 11 years old, they are being less motivated. As you can see, he wasn't really that food motivated. He is more socially motivated but we were able to use treats to train him. There was also a problem when it comes to his agility. He became less agile already, Kuya Isko walks slower now, He is really a little old already. While you are training, there are really pee breaks, poo breaks, and all. So there are also water breaks when he really need to drink water so just let him do those because what I hate the most, especially when you are training old dogs, is that he is not fulfilled first with his needs. If the dog is not fulfilled and he is not comfortable, why would he follow your commands? But Isko and I proved today that you can still teach old dogs.

His attention span is also not consistent anymore, but if you put a lot of patience, you can still get them to focus on you. Now, let's talk about memory. First, he did 'shake'. Second, he did not. Third, he did. It's not perfect. There is no problem if you do not teach your old dogs perfectly because it is part of the training. Right? You just need to be determined and also to have patience for you to be able to imprint on your dogs the commands you teach them.

It should not be, "He doesn't want to follow now." then you just lose your motivation to teach. You won't really achieve what we did to Isko. His energy is a little lesser now. It is me who brings a little excitement so he can go back to the "Oh yes this is gonna be a good experience." You want your dog to feel that you are excited to teach him and you show more excitement when he is doing it. We started from him not knowing how to 'shake', he learned how to 'shake', he forgot, he learned to do 'shake' again, he forgot, he did a water break, he did the 'shake' when he came back, he did water break again when he came back. And then we ended the activity when the last time I commanded him to do 'shake hands', he did it. So that is what I wanted to be imprinted on him.

It doesn't matter how long we did one command. What matters is, we are both happy that we achieved our goal. If you want to watch more of our videos, hit 'like' and 'subscribe' to our YouTube channel. And don't forget our social media accounts, Facebook and Instagram..

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