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Cher, Dog Caregiver--Extensive Experience
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How long does a dog stay in labor before giving birth.

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How long does a dog stay in labor before giving birth. I have a shitzu dog and this is her first time having puppies.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.

Usually, once the water has broken, the labor should progress quite quickly. Here is detailed information on the stages of labor and what to expect:

I wish you and your expectant furry mom, much good luck!