As soon as you get him home! Every time you are interacting with your dog, you are training him to do something. It is always easier to build good habits from the start than to let bad habits become the norm for your dog.
No dog inherently “knows” how to fit into a human household; all dogs (regardless of age, size or breed) must be taught proper “house skills” and etiquette. It isn’t difficult, but it takes some patience. You do NOT need harsh physical methods to train your dog! We can show you the most humane way to train.
Any age or breed can be taught, and the earlier you begin, the better it will be for you and your pet. Think of yourself as the team captain, and your dog as the newest team member to a sport he has never played. It is up to you to teach him the rules so that you can “win” together, as a team.
We also have written training information to help you with many aspects of bringing home a new dog or puppy, including booklets about crate training. Call 404.974.2899 to request one.
But even if you don’t come to our classes, take your pooch to a recommended class somewhere to get him properly socialized to other dogs, people, and new situations, or find a competent trainer to come to your home and help you. The importance of proper socialization cannot be overemphasized.