There are those out there that will tell you to wait until after a certain age to begin training your puppy, and there are also those out there that still believe that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
How very wrong they are!!
The best time to start training your dog is from day one. Puppies are like little sponges, and soak up training like a Sham-wow drying a wet car. The key is consistent, short, fun sessions. Though they love to learn and thrive on “mind games” a puppy’s attention span is a lot smaller then the attention span of an adult, so keep them interested by keeping the sessions short and happy.
Though older dogs may seem “stuck in their ways”, there is no reason to believe that they can not be trained and/or re-trained in the adult years. The fact is, adults dogs have a greater attention span, and can often be easier to work with in that regard than young pups. Adults who have never been trained should be treated as untrained pups, keep sessions short, consistent and fun to begin with, moving on to more challenges once you see they understand what you want.
Please don’t count out the seniors either – they are more than capable of learning new things, the process might be a little longer, but the result is extremely rewarding.
So remember, it’s never too late or too early to start training your dog. If you need help or guidance, give us a call or email and we can help you on your way to having a well behaved, trained and happy dog, regardless of age.