You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

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Making people change their habits or adjusting to new skills is impossible, It is very hard to make people change their ways


  • This proverb is based on a truth and experience. For centuries, animal trainers have known that it is best to train the animal new skills when it is in young age. At young age the animal is not too set and adaptable to new ways. When the animal becomes older, the animals tend to do things in a regular manner and resist the temptation for new methods.

Doctors sometimes change the prescription because they think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks':

you can't teach an old dog new tricksIt is impossible, or almost impossible, to change people's habits or traits or mindset.
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No puedes enseñarle nuevos trucos a un perro viejo.

vous ne pouvez pas apprendre à un vieux chien de nouveaux tours

אתה לא יכול ללמד כלב זקן טריקים חדשים

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