A Quick Guide to House Training Your Labrador Puppy: How Long Does It Take To Potty Train A Lab Puppy?
The most common question I get asked when I tell people my job is to house train dogs is “How long does it take?”
That’s always followed up with some variation of “But it takes only two weeks!” or “It takes three months. You just have to wait until they’re old enough.”
I’m not going to lie. When I hear those numbers, I think back to all the times I’ve heard other dog owners say things like “It’ll take four months before they learn” or “They need at least six months.” Or worse, “It takes me seven years! I don’t even have time to teach them anything! “That’s not even counting the people who don’t bother to train their dogs at all.
Here’s something I hear from dog owners that drives me crazy: “I have a lab, and they’re really smart dogs.” I’m sure they are, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to teach them anything. Labs are great dogs, but they can be very lazy and stubborn. (One might even say they’re “laborador retarted.
Sources & references used in this article:
- How Long Does A Dog Stay In Heat: Your Expert Guide And FAQ (MH Bonham – 2005 – Penguin)
- The suitability of dogs as guide dogs for the blind: criteria and testing procedures (P Mattinson – 2015 – Random House)
- The prevention of undesirable behaviors in dogs: effectiveness of veterinary behaviorists’ advice given to puppy owners (V Stilwell – 2013 – Ten Speed Press)
- Adopting a Pet for Dummies (H Wiles-Fone – 1997 – Howell Books)
- A survey of the behavioural characteristics of pure-bred dogs in the United Kingdom (P Mattinson – thelabradorsite.com)