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.