Welcome to Labrador training HQ!

The aim of Labrador Training HQ is to help you build a happy and healthy relationship with your Labrador built on love and trust, and teach you how to train and care for your Labrador as best you possibly can to live a fulfilling, happy and long life together.

Take a look through our archives to discover great advice and tips on every aspect of owning, caring for and training a Labrador Retriever.

Proofing Your Labrador Training is Essential – Why and How?

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You might have taught your dog to sit perfectly while inside your home with no distractions, but what about in the garden? Or on a walk? Or when you have lots of new guests in the house? How does your dog perform then?

Using the concepts of proofing and generalization, you can teach your dog to perform any behaviors you’ve previously taught them in more or less any situation.

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Labrador Retriever Grooming Overview

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No matter what your Labrador does, you have a duty of care to make sure they’re kept clean and well groomed. It’s an important part of keeping them happy and healthy.

Luckily, this breed is one of the easiest to care for as their coat is so short, but you still need to put in a little effort.

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Unleashing Energy: 10 Fun Games to Play With Your Labrador

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In this article, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best games you can play with your Lab at any age.

And remember, you don’t need to invest a lot of money into creating a full-blown agility course in your backyard or take up duck hunting on the weekends—all it takes is a bit of your time every day to have a happy, healthy dog.

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The Best Dog Treats For Training Puppies Or Dogs

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Whether you’ve got a brand new puppy to train or you want to refine your older dog’s behavior, treats are a brilliantly useful reinforcement tool to use during training.

Most dogs absolutely love food, Labradors especially, and so the lure of a treat will persuade them to focus and respond correctly to your commands to earn the occasional treat.

A very important thing to consider before using treats during training is which you should use to get the best responses from your dog.

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The Best Dog Food For Labs

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You might be wondering what’s the best dog food for labs? The truth is, there isn’t a single best food.

That said, not all dog foods are created equal, so you should be aiming to feed your pooch a good quality food, containing wholesome ingredients. This can be where it gets confusing. Which foods are high quality and which contain ingredients you wouldn’t feed to your worst enemy?

With a huge range of foods on the market, we can’t talk you through every last one, but we can give you the information you need to select a quality food for your Lab.

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How Do Dogs Learn?

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In the wolf mind, every action is only worth repeating if they receive a positive outcome. For example, chasing prey burns a lot of energy. Yet, if they catch the prey, they have dinner. Dinner is a positive reward over starving; so they continue to repeat this behavior.

Dogs are wired the same way. They try different behaviors and continue to repeat those that bring about good things. If their efforts create a bad or neutral result, they will no longer do it.

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How to Socialize a Puppy and Raise a Confident, Happy Dog

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The importance of puppy socialization can’t be overemphasized. This ongoing process will ensure that your Labrador accepts new experiences in a happy and relaxed way, eventually becoming a confident and self-assured companion.

By planning and executing thoughtfully planned socialization, you not only give your pup an exceptional gift, but you also treat yourself to a dog that will walk by your side with the utmost composure and grace, through all kinds of situations and experiences.

Learn how to socialize a puppy in this ‘how-to’ article

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What Size Dog Crate Should You Get and Which Type Is Best?

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This is the 4th installment in the 8 part series ‘Crate training – the complete guide’.

This article will help you to make the correct decisions when buying a crate and answers the questions:

What size dog crate should I get? And Which type of dog crate would be best?

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What To Put In A Dog Crate, Where To Put It, How To Get It Prepared

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Before training your dog to love the crate, you first need to make it a comfortable and welcoming place they will love to spend time.

To achieve this you need to know what to put in it, what to avoid, where to put it and whether or not covering it adds any benefit for your dog.

Read on to discover how best to prepare a crate to make it the best place it can be for your dog.

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How To Crate Train a Puppy: Day, Night, Even If You Work

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Learn how to crate train a puppy in 20 easy steps!

By following this detailed guide you’ll be able to take your puppy from never having seen a crate to being happy and calm when left alone in one and using the crate on cue as well as of their own accord!

It’s possibly the best thing you can do for your puppies safety and early development!

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How To House Train A Puppy

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I think you’ll agree with me when I say:

One of the first and most important things you have to learn as a new owner is how to house train a puppy…and fast!

Well, it turns out you can dramatically decrease the time it takes to house train your puppy, getting to the days of cleaner floors and carpets much sooner, by arming yourself with just a little knowledge and following a well laid out plan.

And in this article, I give you a detailed step-by-step method to follow that will have your puppy house trained in the fastest time possible, with the least ‘accidents’, mess and cleaning along the way.

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House Training An Adult Dog – Solving Common Issues

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When an adult dog starts to potty in the home when they didn’t before, there are many possible reasons why.

It could be triggered by medical issues, changes in the dog’s life and environment or one of many different behavioral reasons. The situation calls for careful investigation and a solution designed to tackle the precise cause of the issue.

This article will help you to investigate and identify any such underlying issues, then show you how to treat it so you can have your dog fully house trained in no time.

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