VERIFY: Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

It's an old phrase. But is it true?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - - QUESTION:

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

ANSWER:

We can verify this is true!

SOURCES:

Dr. Kristy Bennett

PROCESS:

In order to verify this, we spoke to Dr. Kristy Bennett. She has been a vet since 2001 and is currently working at Montgomery Village Animal Hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

According to Bennett, older dogs can absolutely learn new tricks! However, they just might not learn as quickly as a young puppy.

This is because the new behaviors and tricks may go against years of learning other behaviors and habits.

Dr. Bennett recommends continuing to train your dogs as they age to keep them sharp.

It is similar to the advice given to humans, like the Alzheimer's Association's words of wisdom to keep our brains active as we get older so it stays in tip-top shape.

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