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— August 5, 2014 —

How young is too young?
by Daniel McElroy Jr.

So you have a puppy. What age should you start to train them?

Everyone knows that you need to train a puppy. Also, everyone knows that puppies need to learn to sit and lay down on command. A question I get often is “How old does a dog need to be to learn this stuff? Isn’t X number of weeks too young?”

In a word, no. Your puppy is an absolute sponge for information and what they learn at a young age will be with them forever. I recently posted a video to our Facebook page that shows a young Rottweiler pup (Iggy) doing obedience for a child. The video is cute, but it demonstrates just how young a dog can be and perform some rather complex behaviors. Honestly, if every adult dogs could reliably do what this pup is doing in the video, humans everywhere would benefit.


Another important point is this. This young Rottweiler will very soon outweigh the child in the video. Iggy needs to learn at THIS age to follow commands by the kids in his house. If this Rottweiler started to act out as a young adult, the family would likely have a difficult time reigning him back in. By training him at this age, they are very likely eliminating a number of problems down the road.

The bottom line is this. Your puppy is NEVER too young for training! Of course, the lessons may need to be tailored for his developmental stage, but as soon as you bring a puppy home, start training him. Always remember, for better of for worse, anything you teach a young dog will be him for the rest of his life.


Note: Iggy is enrolled in our Lifetime Obedience classes which is On and Off Leash Obedience. Our next 6-Week Puppy Training class is starting Tuesday, August 12th at 7:00pm.

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