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Everything you need to know about one of the world’s most versatile working dogs


  • Training methods and techniques specifically for the Labrador Retriever
  • How to keep your dog healthy and in shape
  • The fascinating origins and breed standard of the Labrador Retriever

Anyone who owns or works with Labrador Retrievers knows they are a special breed. Originally bred as a hunting dog in the nineteenth century, the Labrador Retriever is renowned for its intelligence, gentle ways, and adaptability. The same traits that allow the Labrador Retriever to excel as a hunting dog make it a versatile working dog. Its friendly disposition makes it one of the most popular family pets as well.

Expert trainers Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak take you on a deep dive into the origins and history of the breed before exploring the traits and characteristics that distinguish it. Then, they provide training basics for the Labrador Retriever to get you started, and they examine the wide range of service and detection tasks the dog is ideally suited for. If you work with a Labrador Retriever or want to start working with one, this book offers a valuable guide to the many possibilities this breed offers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Six Retrievers
1. Origins of the Labrador Retriever
2. English Breeding
3. The Breed Standard
4. Training the Labrador Retriever
5. The Labrador Retriever as Hunting Dog
6. Other Training Possibilities for the Labrador Retriever
7. Health Care and Caring for the Older Labrador Retriever

Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak

Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak are world-renowned specialists in K9 training and the authors of more than 30 titles on dog training. They train search and rescue dogs for the International Red Cross and the United Nations (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), and they have trained drug and explosive detector dogs for the Dutch police and the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Gerritsen and Haak also serve as judges for the International Rescue Dog Organization.