No matter what the age of dog is when you get it, you should always make training your first priority. Building that solid foundation with obedience training provides your dog the necessary skills to be a good canine citizen. Obedience training is, in fact, critical when it comes to the development of a healthy human-animal relationship and creating a socially compatible pet. Basic training commands such as sit, down, stay, come, and heel will help produce a good, well –balanced pooch. Obedience-trained dogs typically have easier lives, and are far easier to live with, than their untrained canine peers.
Training, along with regular exercise can often prevent common behaviour problems from happening. Behaviour issues such as anxieties, aggressions, leash issues and common behaviours caused by boredom (chewing, digging, jumping, etc) can often be corrected by additional exercise and working on a consistent obedience program. It is our jobs as humans to help dogs reach their potential; to remember that dogs are dogs and that dogs need to have basics of training, regular exercise, proper diet and love.
Training your dog is a lifelong commitment. It is not something you can do once for a 6 week program or just take your dog to puppy school. You need to work with your dog and challenge your dogs mind on a regular basis, just like we as humans do every day. Always try new things, and continue to grow with your dog, and I can tell you that your bond with each other will be amazing.