teach an old dog new tricks

teach an old dog new tricks

Change longstanding habits or ways, especially in an old person. For example, His grandmother avoids using the microwave oven-you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This expression, alluding to the difficulty of changing one's ways, was first recorded in 1523 in a book of husbandry, where it was used literally. By 1546 a version of it appeared in John Heywood's proverb collection.
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It seems you really can't teach an old dog new tricks.
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Our "old" model regarding change, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," might need to be reconsidered.