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 Train Your Labrador to Lay Down on Command

Training your Labrador to lay down on command takes time and patience. However, it’s one of the most important commands you can teach them.

It allows you to push the pause button on any action you feel will not turn out well. It could even save their life!

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How to Train Your Lab Puppy to Sit

There probably isn’t a more basic command than “sit”—but don’t mistake basic for not useful.

Sit is one command you don’t want to pass up in favor of others that are more like party tricks! (“Play dead”, anyone?).

Teaching your puppy how to sit on command is a very valuable thing to do, and in fact might actually save your dog’s life should you ever need to root them to one spot while off-leash.

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Loose Leash Walking: How to Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash

Walking nicely on a leash is not an instinctive behavior, and your Lab is just as likely to try and pull you in whatever direction they choose.

Until they start getting into their senior years, Labs are excitable, curious, and powerful animals. That’s quite a combination! Labradors are well known as strong leash pullers.

But, like any desirable behavior, your dog can learn and you can teach. If your Labrador pulls like a rambunctious plow horse, read on to find out how to get back on the straight and narrow.

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10 Best Toughest, Durable Dog Toys For Heavy Chewers

To help prevent destructive chewing – Your best bet is to invest in some high-quality, durable toys your dog can chew on instead.

This isn’t necessarily as easy as it sounds. Labs are often such vigorous chewers that they can destroy your run-of-the-mill chew toys within minutes, even those that market themselves as ‘indestructible’.

We’ll guide you through exactly what you should look for in a suitable chew toy that can withstand even the most enthusiastic of chewers.

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How To Stop A Dog From Digging – A Step by Step Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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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