I have trained my lab and it's not hard to do if you have good breeding. I spend about 10 minutes at a time twice a day and at 7 months old he is jam up. I had six puppies born in the litter and all of them are turning out to be super dogs. One of them worked everyday in a duck blind in Arkansas from the time he was 4 months old and made several 90 yard water retrieves on geese. I could go on with stories about each one but my point is the breeding is the difference. My gyp is out of a $1000 litter and I paid $500 stud fee. I have a good friend who bought a reg. lab for $50 and he is nothing but a big lazy pet. Papers do not make a good dog but good breeding does. If the dam and sire of your puppy are good working dogs you shouldn't have any trouble training him. Good luck.