When should I start training my dog?

If you adopt a new dog, you want to start obedience training right away, no matter what the age of the dog. This is important to avoid major problems later that will be difficult or impossible to correct. It also helps to establish the proper family dynamic for a lifetime of peaceful coexistence. The only time you want to delay obedience class is in the case of a small puppy or a dog with recent vaccinations. You want to make sure that a puppy has completed its entire vaccination series prior to class to prevent illness. I strongly recommend to wait until at least 12 weeks old and 3 rounds of vaccines. An older dog needs to have their vaccines on board for at least a couple weeks. Check with your vet for a recommended range depending on vaccine history and health of your animal.