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.

To get you started , here is what's proven to be our 5 most popular articles:

How To House Train Your Puppy
Solving Common House Training Problems
How To Crate Train Your Puppy
Dog Crate Sizes: How To Choose The Right Crate For Your dog
What To Put In Your Dog's Crate And Where In Your Home To Place It

And for our latest articles, please see below:

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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Bringing Home A New Puppy – Tips For Getting Prepared

Leaving behind every single thing they’ve ever known, there’s no doubt that going to a new home is a major day in your new puppy’s life with potential to be highly stressful. But not only for them as it’s a life-changing time for you too!

Without preparation, bringing home a new puppy can be a difficult and challenging time, but there are many things you can do to help things run more smoothly.

In this article I discuss how to prepare for a new puppy, how to ready your home in time for their arrival, tips for the journey home, recommendations for when you first arrive, what to expect and do in the first 24 hours, then over the first week and finally how things progress from there.

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In-Depth Review of Doggy Dans ‘The Online Dog Trainer’

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If you’ve ever had to turn to a website or book in an attempt to solve a dog training or behavior problem, you will know just how hard it is to put what you read into action.

Reading about it on a screen or some paper isn’t nearly as effective as actually being shown, as seeing it and hearing it being done live, right before your eyes.

And this is why I am more than happy to review and recommend ‘Doggy Dan’s: The Online Dog Trainer Video Based Dog Training Course.’

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How To House Train 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

One of the first and most important things we have to do with our puppies is teach them acceptable toilet habits.

In this guide I provide complete, step-by-step, easy to follow instructions that show you in-depth how to take both your puppy and yourself from complete beginners to house training aces as quickly and stress free as possible.

If you follow this guide with patience, consistency and dedication, I can guarantee you’ll meet with success!

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How To Get Your Puppy Used To A Collar And Leash

Yellow lab puppy pulling on the leash toward camera

It’s essential that you get your puppy used to a collar and leash as soon as possible.

It’s a tool to keep them under your control and out of trouble while they learn how to live in our sometimes dangerous world.

It’s a useful device to keep their attention and prevent bolting during training.

And in many places it’s a necessity by law when walking them in public.

This article teaches you how to get your puppy used to a collar and leash in a way that’s as stress free as possible and does the best ground work to build upon to train your puppy not to pull on the leash when an adult.

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Umbilical Cord House Training: What is It? How Does It Work?

lab puppy on leash attached to trainer on white background

One of the most important aspects of a successful house training method is preventing mistakes. To accomplish this, you must never let your puppy wander off alone unsupervised.

It takes just a couple of seconds for a puppy to have a little accident on your carpet, and it’s extremely hard, if not impossible to keep a constant eye on your puppy 100% of the time.

To address this problem, the method of umbilical cord training was devised.

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