Dogs go through passages in life. The most dramatic change — from a training perspective — occurs when your dog transitions from puppy to adult at around 6 months of age. Prior to 6 months, your dog is a puppy with a relatively short attention span and very little experience of the world and his responsibilities. Around 6 months, he is better able to sustain attention and more capable of performing complex tasks. It’s only fair — and produces much more reliable, happy results — when we ask your dog for age-appropriate levels of engagement and responsibility.
When can I start training my new puppy?
Our Foundations program can begin when a puppy leaves the litter at about 8 weeks of age. As soon as you bring your puppy home, every interaction affects your relationship and his understanding of how to live happily with you. During puppy development, our Foundations program, we show you how to develop character in your new puppy, how to strengthen your connection, and how to lay the foundation for more challenging adult training starting around 6 months of age.
(Foundations training is so important, we’ll create an abbreviated adult version if your dog is already over 6 months of age.)
I have an older dog