How Long Does It Take To Train A Puppy?
People ask me ALL the time, “How long will it take to train my puppy?”.
I hate to break it to you, but there is no right answer to this question!
However, I understand where many questions like these come from—wanting to know how many sessions you will need to pay for, wondering when your puppy will no longer run your life, and so on.
The reason why there's no correct answer to this question is because the question itself is WAY too broad. There are SO many factors that go into training a puppy.
What Is The Perfectly "Trained" Dog?
That's the thing, if you asked 10 dog owners what they think a 'perfectly-trained' dog is, you would almost certainly get 10 completely different answers. Which leads me to my next question...
What do you consider to be a well-trained dog...?
...One that sits on command and comes when called?
...One that is potty trained?
...One that does a lot of tricks on a whim?
As you can see, the answer to the question, "What is the perfectly trained dog", becomes much less black and white when you consider the varying opinions and preferences of each dog owner.
Setting Training Goals
Everyone has their own definition of what they think makes a dog 'well-trained', and therefore, their own goals for their individual dog.
You need to think about what YOUR definition of a “trained dog” entails.
This will allow us to paint a clearer picture of the path to take to get to where you want to be with your pup.
How Long Training Should Take
As you embark on this journey of training your pup, you will get bombarded with misleading claims by other trainers that they can train any puppy "in X amount of days”..
I would be VERY weary of such programs, because as a dog trainer with over a decade of experience, I can confidently say that every single dog I’ve trained has been different in some way.
With that being said, how can anyone claim to be able to train your dog in a certain number of days?
The only way that I could tell you how long it is going to take to train your puppy is if I were psychic, but I'm not 🙁
Whether you achieve that through our services and resources, or someone else, isn't as important to me as ensuring that you get the best training possible for your dog. Period!
Imagine you are just beginning a new sport.
Would you expect yourself to be a master of it after one lesson?
I guarantee not. What about after a week of lessons? Definitely not a master. Well, you must have the same levels of patience and realistic expectations for your dog.
You can’t expect your dog to be a master at a skill you are just introducing to him to.
You can’t expect him to be a master of this new skill even after a week.
That's why it's so ridiculous to see dog trainers who claim that they can "potty train ANY puppy in 7 days".
Now let's say you give your all in every session of your new sport for a week.
I think it’s reasonable to say you absolutely can expect to make some progress in developing your skills in this sport.
Similarly, if you give your all in training your dog for a week, you can absolutely expect your pup to make progress.
However, if you only give 50% of your all in each session of this new sport, obviously it will take longer to achieve your goal, than if you gave 100% every time.
Once again, the same goes for training your pup.
If you aren’t 100% consistent and persistent with training your dog in whatever area it may be, it is going to take longer to for your puppy to master what you are trying to train him.
If you take ANYTHING out of this post, let it be this: Every single puppy is different with the amount of time it takes them to catch on to training concepts!
Some puppies are faster learners than others.
Some puppies have behaviors embedded in them from their genetics that make training more difficult; while others exhibit behaviors due to their genetics that make training easier.
And even then, not every dog of the same breed is going to have identical behaviors and intelligence.
Every single dog has his own combination of character, intelligence level, and overall behavior. Therefore, there are a plethora of possible genetic and environmental factors that can lead your puppy to be more or less receptive to training.
However, with my extensive background in dog training, I CAN promise you that by following my advice in "The Puppy Training Handbook", or through one-on-one training sessions, your puppy will be trained in the fastest and most efficient way HE can possibly be trained!
What do you need help with when training your pup? Let me know in the comments below!