When Is It Too Late to Train a Dog?

Victor Rivera
5 min readNov 15, 2020

Table of Contents

· What is the Best Age for Training a Dog?
Is It Ever Too Late to Start Training a Dog?
What Are the 7 Basic Dog Commands?
Can a Dog Be Untrainable?

Even experts have difficulty agreeing that while most puppy trainers say that training should be delayed until 6 months (where a dog will still be young enough to learn but have lost much of its puppy rambunctiousness) some other experts, especially those that use hunting dogs, say the sooner the better. In this article, we aim to help you understand better when is it too late to train a dog.

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Well, when it comes to the bare basics, it is never too late to train a dog. A dog can learn simple commands such as “Sit”, “Stay” or “Run” no matter how long they are as long as the owner is patient. However, for complex commands and things that go against their instincts. Such as retrieving pieces a hunter has killed without eating them or running after live prey, the cut-off age is about one year. Dogs that have reached adulthood without training might be too old to learn commands that go against their instincts.

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What is the Best Age for Training a Dog?

When it comes to determining what age is best for dog training, it’s best to first consider the amount of time you are willing to invest in your dog’s training. If your dog is young for example a puppy them it will be harder to train because of the short attention span they have because of their age. Even though they might have a short attention span you can still take the time to teach them basic commands like sit, down, and stay. Which will benefit them when they start to age and learn new commands. When you lay a good foundation it will make training them at an older age a lot easier. You can start to teach them these basic commands as young as 7 to 8 weeks age or you can go the formal route and begin at 6 months of age. When it comes to training in adulthood it might require more persistence and time as well. In adulthood, some commands might be…