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 Stop A Dog From Digging – Easy to Follow Advice

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Your garden is your sanctuary – a place to relax with your morning coffee, play a little fetch with your Labrador, and entertain friends on summer evenings.

But if your dog is digging, your yard and garden may look more like an expansive moonscape than a garden retreat.

This article will cover everything you need to know about your dog’s inspired digging habit and the steps you can take to reclaim your yard from your enthusiastic gardening pooch.

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How To Stop Your Dog or Puppy From Jumping Up

A woman obedience training a lab in a field to stop jumping

If a jumping dog is your problem, don’t worry; you’re not alone!

Even my own 5 year-old Black Lab will occasionally require a gentle reminder. (This is not exclusively puppy behavior!)

In this article you’ll find tips, tricks, and resources that show you how to stop a dog from jumping up and help to keep your dog grounded.

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How to Stop a Puppy or Dog From Destructive Chewing

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Chewing is one of the most common obstacles to a pet parent’s happily-ever-after dream.

Destructive chewing is chewing done on inappropriate items. They could be anything from an expensive leather couch, which is unfortunate for you, to doggy-dangerous objects like electric cords.

The cause can be for many reasons, and the treatment or training required just as varied. Learn how to stop your puppy or dog’s destructive chewing in this information-packed article that tackles all the common causes.

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How To Use Dog Treats Correctly During Training

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Dog treats are an incredibly useful to use during training as a reward to work for and to keep your dog or puppy concentrated on you and the learning process, whatever age they are.

In this article you will learn how to avoid bribery, any unwanted weight gain, the best treats to use, how to get started with them and many more top tips on how to use training treats correctly and to your best advantage.

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Proofing Your Labrador Training is Essential – Why and How?

A yellow lab sat patiently on a train station platform on a dull day

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 Great Games to Play With Your Lab

Side view of a chocolate Lab carrying a purple frisby on grass

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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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

A chocolate lab puppy sleeping with face pressed against bars

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

An old cho labrador looking sad lying on a brown bed

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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