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Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

My dog is almost 9 years old. he is a well behaved dog and knows a few small tricks. the only thing is that he does not know how to play "fetch". He goes to get the ball but then he wants us to run after him as if we are trying to take the ball. (he does not come back to us with the ball). needles to say that playing this type of a game is very tiring, and after a few rounds we just stop playing. Is there a way to teach my dog to play Fetch normally?

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Sure but the dog may be a little slower pace & not have as much energy as a younger dog or a smaller pup. :)

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We have a 9 year old chihuahua and he'll still learn new things. But you have to be very repetitive, day after day for a while. Then if you stop doing it for a couple of weeks, he tends to forget. Unless it's about food. He never forgets ANYTHING concerning food, chubbs that he is.

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....... but does he chew on SHOES?
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She(my wife) is really getting a KICK out of this shoe joke!!! You have no idea...
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He chews on SHOE...singular
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Oh my bad! Sorry! Lol! So does he have a preference? The left one, the right? Dress shoe, sneaker, old shoe, new shoe, blue suede shoe?
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He'll pretty much take whatever I find in the road. He's not too picky.
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Smart dog! Lol!
OK! This seems to be the question that your computer shows my notifications. You gotta go to my questions, the last one I asked and look at your answers comments....... Before the joke gets too old! Lol!
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Sorry that sounded kind of rude and bossy. LoL! Was not meant to be that way. :0)
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No worries. I'm used to bossy women. 3 daughters, 2 sisters, exwife, gf's. That also means I've seen thousands of guess what?....SHOES (sorry, couldn't resist)
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That is so funny! Yes I can see where I blend in just fine with my new friend! I have 3 daughters, 2 sisters (but they are in Heaven) a mom and I am a wife (never been an ex wife) although I would have to say my husband has lost a shoe or two out the window in the past! Lol!
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LOL. Tell him I feel his pain.
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Lol! I will. :0)
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He is smiling, shaking his head yes! Lol!
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yepper, I am an ol' dog and still learning new tricks

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Lol your funny
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Yea

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Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. They proved it on Myth busters. The female dog did just a little better then the male dog. You can see it for yourself. Oh by the way these dogs were older than your dog. This might be of interest.

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Yes of course and it depends on the dogs mental ability the tricks may not be so spectacular

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Yes you can.

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