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 Much Water Should Your Labrador Drink Each Day?

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How much their dogs are drinking is something a lot of dog owners overlook. But they shouldn’t as it’s vitally important.

Making sure your dog is drinking enough, but not too much, improves their health and helps to stave off certain illnesses.

But the general thinking is as long as there’s water out for the dog, they’ll take care of themselves. There’s a few problems with this idea.

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What Is a Clicker and Why Use One? An Introduction to Event Markers

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Many modern reward based training techniques rely on the fact that dogs will do whatever leads to a reward and e use this to reward good behaviors and so encourage them. But to do this, you have to be able to precisely mark an exact behavior.

What happens if we want to reward a sit yet our Labrador sits, gets up, barks then jumps up before you could ever give a reward? How does your lab know which behavior they’re being rewarded for? This is where a clicker comes in very, very useful.

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How to Choose the Right Leashes for Training and Everyday Use

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There are so many leashes available and so many factors that you need to consider when buying that I decided to write this dog leash buying guide to help you through the process.

After reading this article, you’ll be able to make the right decisions so you’ll always have the correct leashes suited to your every day and specific training needs.

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When to Start Training a Puppy

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Asking when to start training a puppy is often met with conflicting views.

many experts claim you should leave it until 8 weeks of age. Many others claim you should start right away at 8 weeks.

So which is it? Read on for a brief discussion and to find my take on the subject…

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When To Call The Vet – Symptoms To Look Out For

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Knowing when your Labrador is genuinely ill and when to call the vet can sometimes be difficult.

Thousands of years of evolution playing ‘survival of the fittest’ have created in dogs a species programmed to do their best to overcome and hide any weakness.

Read on to learn the symptoms to look out for that mean a visit to the vet may be necessary…

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Symptoms That Signal An Emergency And You Should Call a Vet Immediately

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Read a list of 15 common problems and emergencies that signal when to call the emergency vet for your Labrador.

Sometimes your dog may not appear too ill, but there could be underlying problems that don’t show on the outside needing urgent medical attention.

This article will tell you what to look out for.

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How To Crate Train An Older Dog – Yours Or Adopted

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Maybe you’ve just adopted an adult dog? Or your own has suddenly developed destructive habits later in life?

Or maybe you need to prepare your dog for air travel? Or for boarding while you go on holiday?

Whatever the reason you need your dog to lie calmly in a crate, this article will give you the guidance you need to train them to do so.

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How To Crate Train A Puppy

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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

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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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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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