Best Books on Labrador Retrievers
We’ve read all of these books and given our honest reviews so you can decide which one to purchase. All can be found on Amazon!
1. The Everything Labrador Retriever Book: A Complete Guide to Raising, Training, and Caring for Your Lab by Kim Campbell Thornton (2004)
This book is a great resource as a basic guide to raising a labrador retriever. If you’ve raised a Labrador Retriever before (or any breed in fact) this book isn’t for you. It’s aimed more at new owners that don’t know anything about raising or caring for a dog. It gives simple insights and is not in-depth or comprehensive about training, nutrition etc. The ‘training section’ is rather misleading because rather than training guidance and advice it gives you tips on how to find a good trainer. That being said, reading this book is a great place to start! In fact, this would be the perfect book to give to your children. And the considerable number of cute labrador retrievers definitely makes easy reading!
2. The Labrador Handbook: Your Definitive Guide to Care and Training by Pippa Mattinson (2016)
The author, Pippa Mattinson, is a dog-training specialist with decades of experience. This book is extremely well-written and covers a wide range of dog care topics with lots of detailed information. It specifically focuses on care and training! She also gives many insights into how to choose the best type of dog for you and your family in reference to rescue Labrador Retrievers. She talks you through the stages from puppyhood to senior years with step by step guidance so you’re prepared for every stage. Expect to find some incredible training tips that Pippa gives from years of experience with her own Labrador retrievers!
3. Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month, 2nd Edition: Everything You Need to Know at Each Stage of Development (Your Puppy Month by Month) by Terry Albert (2016)
The author, Terry Albert, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to caring for your Labrador Retriever from puppyhood to adulthood. His book is very detailed and informative and will give you a helping hand through every stage of life with the new addition. He even includes a month by month guide for when it’s still a puppy! He gives insights into what to expect each month, specifically focusing on the changes of behaviour so you’re fully equipped and prepared. It’s well-written in simplified language so it’s suitable for your children too.
4. The Complete Labrador Handbook: The Essential Guide for New & Prospective Labrador Owners by Linda Whitman (2017)
The author, Linda Whitman, is an assured Labrador KC Breeder – she’s seen and care for thousands of Labradors born. She also knows what to look for in a potential Labrador owner and gives advice about if this breed is right for you. So, it’s a great book to read if you’re considering getting one. She will answer many important questions that you probably have. Such as typical labrador traits, training and exercise advice, nutrition, loves and hates and so much more. It’s now been voted the best Labrador manual available online and is ranked as the best on Amazon!
5. Training Your Labrador Retriever (Training Your Dog Series) by September Morn (2009)
You’ve probably already guessed by the book title, this book is for owners looking to discipline and train their Labrador Retrievers. It’s an absolute must-read for new puppy owners! It’s advised to read it before you get your Labrador Retriever so you can install many of the training tips and advice from a young age. It will prevent behaviour problems later in its life. We’ve all heard the saying ”you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” well, whilst this isn’t entirely true it can definitely be said that teaching them young is much easier. It also gives great advice on how to teach children to control their pets too! You’ll learn about exercise, grooming, tricks, diet and much more.
6. Labrador Retrievers for Dummies by Eve Adamson and Joel Walton
This book is more on the expensive side, but it’s for good reason! We can confidently say that it covers all important topics on Labrador Retrievers and gives so much useful information. this book is straightforward and easy to understand, hence the title of the book. A lot of it will be basic dog knowledge but it’s still very informative, especially for first-time owners. You’ll find many useful tips and a step by step training guide! A great starting point for new Labrador Retriever owners. The best thing about this book is its constant reassurance. It can be daunting becoming a dog mum, but this book will make you feel at ease and confident in raising your dog. Walton is always reminding us that even if you make mistakes, continue following your care and training plan.
7. The Love of a Lab by Jim Dratfield
If you’re still debating on getting a Labrador Retriever whilst purchasing this book, you’ll have definitely have decided when it’s finished. Jim Dratfield highlights all of the wonderful traits that Labrador Retrievers possess – loyalty, affection, devotion and so much more! There are many photographs of beautiful Labrador Retrievers throughout the book to accompany the information. We guarantee you’ll be looking for your puppy after closing this book. And it will be no surprise that they are one of the most popular breeds in the world (#1 in the U.S). From their beauty, trainability makes them an all-around great addition to the family that you won’t regret.
8. The Complete Guide to Labrador Retrievers: Selecting, Raising, Training, Feeding, and Loving Your New Lab from Puppy to Old-Age by Dr. Joanna de Klerk
This book will be a resource to refer back to all throughout your Labrador Retrievers life – a great investment! Joanna Klerk starts from the very beginning from selecting your dog and puppy care to raising and training. She gives an incredibly insightful step by step guide to every stage of your dog’s life. The common behaviours, potential health problems, best and worse traits and so much more! After reading this you’ll feel very prepared when collecting the new addition to your family.