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.

Puppy Vaccinations – Why, Which Ones and The Schedule

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Vaccinations can protect your dog against a variety of life-threatening illnesses. Not to mention, some vaccinations are required by law.

So It’s extremely important that your new puppy is fully vaccinated by the time he first sets paw outside in the wider world.

Learn a few facts about vaccinations, and see the schedule you should follow with your puppy!

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How to Train Your Labrador Puppy or Dog to Accept Handling

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Whether you’ve just gotten a new puppy or adopted an adult dog, it’s very important to make sure they can accept handling.

Most people get dogs for their companionship and this simply won’t be possible with a pooch who doesn’t like to be touched.

Not only this but you (and your vet) need to handle your dog for routine grooming and health inspections.

Learn how to train your Labrador to accept being handled by following the advice in this guide.

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Labrador Obedience Training – An Introduction

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Obedience training is the act of creating certain behaviors in your dog that you can replicate reliably no matter the situation or circumstance. Obedience refers to the dog’s compliance with the direction or command given by the handler.

Obedience skills are not only essential to be a good canine citizen and to keep them out of trouble, but can even be life-saving at times…

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14 Reasons Why Labradors Are Such Awesome Dogs

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Recently, the AKC ranked the Labrador retriever as the most popular dog breed in the United States in 2014—for the 24th year in a row. As AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo says, “The Lab truly is America’s dog”.

We’re calling it now: Labrador retrievers will be the AKC’s number one most popular dog breed again in 2015, and to show you why they deserve the top spot, here are 14 reasons Labradors are such awesome dogs

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Labradors As Guide Dogs: An Overview & How You Can Help

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While there are several dog breeds commonly trained for service, Labs are currently ranked as the most popular breed for guide work.

This article will cover the history of guide dogs, guide dog training, and what makes Labs the best breed for the job. We’ll also talk about how you can get involved in raising, training, and supporting guide dogs.

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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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