How long does it take to train a dog?
There is no exact timeline for training a dog because a dog’s training is ongoing. As a trainer I do train to specific timelines and expectations. For example, starting a dog in obedience and protection for every day life averages 12 – 16 weeks. The full level is a 48 week timeline to achieve viable off leash obedience and control regardless of situation. This is assuming you are starting your inexperienced dog for the first time in his training program and want off leash control with a single voice command.
Generic training promises a finished dog in 12 weeks with a paper certificate for your wall. I wish this was not a lie.
You can expect to train your dog every day for 12 weeks or more to build viable results. Any training time you invest in your dog is well worth it. If we all trained our dogs there would be no senseless dog deaths, over crowded shelters or dog violence. Dog training is a relationship built on structure. Once you have built what training you want you can expect to maintain it with your dog. On going tune ups for trained dogs are available for life.
Dogs trained elsewhere are welcome to begin or maintain off leash training, obedience and protection privately or in group.