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What Is The Best Age to Start Training My Dog?

What Is The Best Age to Start Training My Dog?


Clients often ask me, “When should I start training my dog? Can old dogs learn new tricks?” The truth is, if you are living with your dog you are already training him or her! Every word, every, touch, every interaction of any kind is dog training. The real question is what is your dog learning? To discover what your dog is learning look at your dog’s behavior! He or she will show you what he or she has learned every time.


The latest research shows that puppies begin learning at 3 weeks of age. The chances are good that your puppy is well past this age! Fortunately any dog of sound mind and body can be trained regardless of her age. It is easier the younger that you start. I think a lazy old dog made up the phrase ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Or, perhaps the old dog’s owner.


start to socialize your puppy at 8 weeks old and begin taking them to at 10 weeks old. I understand the vaccination risk, however do be fooled by what your vet tells you, as you can get shots every 10 days, and rabies at 4 months old.


It is more important to me that my puppy grows up people and dog friendly.


This is a choice you need to make and please do not let your veterinarian steel you in another direction. As they should know the new research that is out, and if they do not find another veterinarian  that is up to date on early socialization.


My Puppy Jump Start lesson is the ideal place to start training.


Uh-oh again…Your puppy is not really a puppy any more? The answer now becomes: the best time to start training your puppy is NOW! Sometimes an owner will tell me that the timing isn’t it too early to start training, and explain to them NO now is a great time to start to train before bad behavior starts.


The issue with this thinking is that the puppy is getting older and is practicing the behavior patterns he or she is being taught. Consider our foundation II program.


All this being said the best answer to the question, ‘When should I start training my dog?’, is the day that you are ready to start!


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