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.

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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How To House Train A Puppy

A yello lab puppy in a wooden crate

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

Very close up photo of a pale lab sleeping

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

What size dog crate gold man and question mark in front of crate

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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“Give That Back!” Train Your Lab To ‘Drop it’ And ‘Leave it’

A black labrador playing tug with a nylabone

Your Lab can’t be allowed to put just anything in their mouth, this can be dangerous, but getting a dog to give up something they want to hang on to is no small feat.

You’ll reduce your stress—and the time you spend fishing around for things in your dog’s mouth—if you can teach them to leave objects alone in the first place. In fact, once your dog has mastered it, the “leave it” command may very well be your favorite trick.

No dog is perfect, of course, and you can’t watch yours every second of every day, so you will also have to train your lab to “drop it.”

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Why Are Dogs Scared Of Thunder? How Can You Help?

Black lab portrait against a blurred background

Does your dog become scared and desperate when dark skies are brewing? Do they seem anxious and worried at the slightest rumblings of a storm?

Luckily, we have the answers right here. Read on to learn exactly why fear of thunder occurs, how your dog feels at the time and what you can do to help your poor dog.

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The Best Dog Beds For Labs And Large Dogs Reviewed

black labrador laying on a hard floor in need of a bed

Our four-legged friends need a nice, warm comfortable bed for the same reasons we do. But figuring out the best dog beds for Labs is no easy task because large dogs tend to have a more specific set of requirements than their smaller canine counterparts.

Not only do they love curling up and relaxing at the end of a tiring day full of fun and play, but a bed must sufficiently cushion and support their heavier joints and bones from hard floors to prevent sores and calluses.

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What Is Puppy Socialization? Why Is It So Important?

A puppy being socialized with a kitten

Puppy socialization is a crucial part of raising a happy, healthy, and relaxed dog. But what is puppy socialization exactly? And how does it involve you?

By the time your puppy has left their siblings and mother behind, they will have learned a lot about being a dog, but they probably won’t know much about the world outside of the little slice where they were born.

And that’s where you come in…

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Feeding Your Labrador Puppy: What, How Much, How Often?

A labrador puppy feeding from a stainless steel bowl on white background

As we all know too well, what we put in our belly has a huge impact on our health, vitality, length and quality of life. You really are what you eat…and it’s the same for your puppy!

But all animals are different and have their own very specific nutritional requirements – you can’t just feed your puppy the same food you eat.

Most people are aware that a lack of nutrition can lead to stunted growth and musculo-skeletal abnormalities, but not everybody is aware that too much of certain things can have the same devastating effects.

In this article you will learn precisely how to feed your puppy. What they can eat, what they should not, how many times you should feed them each day, basic information on home-made diets and the pros and cons of various commercial dog foods.

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