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.

How To Use A Crate To House Train A Puppy

A close up of a yellow lab puppy chewing on a dog biscuit

There are many methods of house training, some more effective than others.

So although using a crate as part of your house training process isn’t essential, I do recommend it because it’s EXTREMELY effective at speeding up the process and undoubtedly makes it easier…and cleaner!

This article discusses why a crate is so useful, how to use a crate to house train a puppy as well as offering a few pointers on what NOT to do when using a crate during house training.

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House Training: Feeding Choices Make A Massive Difference

A labrador puppye eating on white background

Decisions around food play an important part in the house training process, directly affecting the speed of success you will achieve.

I’m sure this isn’t a surprise if you think along the lines of ‘what goes in, must come out’.

This article discusses how your choices around what you feed and how you feed can affect house training in more ways than just one.

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Accidents Happen: How To Remove Pet Stains And Odors

A sad looking chocolate labrador

Cleaning up effectively and thoroughly is so important to the house training process that I decided to dedicate an entire article to it.

I’ve also included how to avoid accidents in the first place and how you can learn from them to improve your house training progress.

So let’s discuss how you should deal with the inevitable accidents and how to remove pet stains and odors properly…

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House Training: Products, Supplies And Equipment You Need

A selection of house training products and supplies

To make the house training process go as quickly and smoothly as possible, there are a few products and items that you’re going to need.

This article lists those items, how they are to be used and why.

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House Training: The Mindset And Approach You Must Take

Dark yellow lab close up looking thoughtful

This article goes into detail about the role you play in the house training process.

It describes the attitude and approach you need to take to find the quickest success. It discusses how you should work with our puppy’s natural instincts and the way they learn, as well as how they view the process and the skills and attitude they bring with them.

It also covers how you should deal with the inevitable ‘accidents’ along the way and finishes by mentioning how the approach you take to house training shapes the entire future relationship you will have with your dog.

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House Training: Basic Need To Know Facts Before Starting

Yellow lab puppy sitting astride a black lab puppy on white background

Everybody has questions before they start house training: What is house training? How long will it take? How often does puppy need to be taken to their toilet spot? How many times during the night? What different house training methods are there?

This article answers all these questions and more and will tell you exactly what you can expect before you start the house training process.

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House Training – The Ultimate Guide!

A Labrador puppy sleeping near a model home

Probably the highest priority thing every owner has on their list of things to do is house training their dog or puppy.

Teaching a dog not to toilet in the home, or if they must then to do it in a very specific planned out place, is extremely important for every owner, for very obvious reasons.

A dog that toilets anywhere they please creates an unpleasant mess, an even worse odor and is very unhygienic!

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How To Puppy Proof Your House And Garden

Black lab puppy chewing on a toy

The process of puppy proofing your house and garden is very much like baby proofing before the arrival of a child. Except a puppy is far more curious, active and destructive and can get into far more trouble.

So before you bring your puppy home you simply must make it safe for them. It’s your responsibility to make sure that your puppy, and your belongings, are going to be safe.

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What Do Different Dog Barks Mean? Learn What Your Lab Is Saying!

A black lab barking

Dogs are highly expressive animals and are always communicating exactly how they think and feel.

Most of their communication is with body language, but they also have a surprisingly large range of barks and in much the same way we use words to say different things, dogs can vary their barks depending on what they’re feeling or trying to say.

This article interprets the 14 most common barks, describing what different dog barks mean.

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Why Do Dogs Bark? What Are The Causes?

A Labrador barking in the snow

All dogs bark. Actually I take that back as the Basenji is a breed that’s known for not barking. But with the Basenji being the exception, all dogs bark, and that includes your Labrador.

In our efforts to better communicate with and understand what our dogs are thinking and feeling, it’s in our best interests to learn both why do dogs bark, and how to decipher the different sounds they make.

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