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Labrador Site founder Pippa MattinsonThe Labrador Site is loved by millions of Labrador parents the world over, and is the world’s most popular resource for all matters relating to the Labrador retriever.

The Labrador Site was started in May 2011 by pet writer Pippa Mattinson, as a small project to help her learn a computer language (php).

Pippa began sharing her knowledge and experience gained from years of training and breeding working type (American) Labradors in the UK

Interest in the site grew rapidly! And it soon became clear that running it well was going to require a good deal of time and commitment.

The Labrador Site’s Mission

By the end of 2011 Pippa had abandoned her php project, transformed The Labrador Site into a WordPress blog, and developed the purpose and mission that the Labrador Site still follows today.

To provide high quality, objective and well researched training and care information for dog owners in general, and for Labrador owners in particular.

Pippa’s daughter Lucy Easton joined her the following year and together they built the site into the amazing resource that it is today

The Labrador Site’s leader

In 2012 Pippa published her first best selling book Total Recall.

She is now an internationally recognized authority on dog training and care, and a leading proponent of positive dog training methods.

You can find her books in our books collection. And she still writes the majority of our training articles.

But the Labrador site is no longer a ‘small’ project.

The Labrador Site team

Today, The Labrador Site welcomes over six million visitors each year and its team of talented writers publishes a wide variety of content several times a week.

The site is managed by Red Cat Media Ltd, an online pet education company owned by Pippa and Lucy.

Together they keep a close eye on the quality of the content published on the site.

Pet education resources

Other sites created and maintained along the same lines by Pippa and her team can be found at

They also provide a busy and well moderated forum where dog owners can get help and support and make friends.

How The Labrador Site is funded

These websites, together with The Labrador Site are funded by commission earned from Amazon and by a limited number of adverts, which we try to ensure are tasteful and in keeping with the site.

As an Amazon affiliate The Labrador Site receives a small commission when you make a purchase shortly after clicking on one of our links to Amazon. This does not affect the price you pay in any way and is much appreciated!

The income generated helps us to pay our talented writers and to maintain and continuously improve this site. You can read our full Amazon affiliate disclosure in the footer of this website.

Find out more

There is a large quantity of information on this site, and we regularly publish new content and update the old.  Our newsletter and updates are a great way to discover more of the site and to keep up with new publications

20 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Everyone
    I’m wanting to get a labrador cross breed as I don’t live in a large house. I’m aware of the health complications but hope I could find one that isn’t jeopordised.
    Would anyone know of a lab cross association I could contact?
    Many thanks

  2. Hi,

    I already have a yellow lab Molly, she is 8 years old. Since my husband died she is a sad dog and sleep a lot. I would like to add a younger femele lab so that she can be with her. We live in Rome, Italy. Can you advice where to get a female 6 -9 month old ? Thank you.

  3. Anyone thinking about getting a Lab should be careful as I believe this breed could be quite prone to deafness and this can be a big issue.
    My next door neighbour has a brown Lab and a black Lab and is away often for days on end with no one at home. The owner says the black one is deaf and it’s incessant barking is driving us crazy, It will bark early every morning, in evenings and often all day and most of the night, due I think to loneliness or separation anxiety or whatever !!
    I think the owner is negligent to leave these dogs alone so much and to ignore the barking problem, despite my complaint to him.
    What to do? I’ve tried the electronic anti barking gadget and the citronella spray which are totally useless.
    Unless there’s something else that works I can only complain to the RSPCA and or the town council and hope they force the owner to fix the problem. Suggestions please !

  4. I have recently bought your book, Total Recall and my black lab, Bentley, and I are really enjoying the training. Thank you for such an easy to use book – it is really interesting and it is working! We are only just half way through, but doing very nicely. I do have a problem with him chasing pheasants and deer, and wondered if you have a book to help me train him with this, or will the recall be enough to stop him chasing?
    A great site too. Many thanks.

  5. Hi Pippa,

    I see above that someone has mentioned about a search box. I totally agree that this website is brilliant and so informative with so many articles, but I find it frustrating when I can’t find a page that I have previously read, and I have to go through the pages looking for the link.
    A search bar would be great, or a list of every single article, in the puppy section it says there is a list of articles but it doesn’t seem to include everything. I have been on the website for weeks and I still keep discovering new and useful articles that I haven’t found before.

    I’m sorry if this seems like I am moaning, I really do love the site and really value your views, I just don’t want to miss any of it!

    Kind regards,

    Frankie

    • Hi Frankie, I have put a search box under the Labrador Links in the right hand side bar. I don’t know how accurate it is, but it’s a start. I’ll be reviewing the article lists shortly and updating them but in the meantime, thank you very much for your patience and feedback. 🙂
      Pippa

  6. Hey hello. I have a 6 month old black labrador. just need suggestion for his nutrition. What should he be given in the diet so that his weight is increased. And he also is suffering with the problem of too much of lose of hair….. What should i do ???? Please suggest……

  7. Dear Pippa

    Please can you help! We have a one year old puppy and he bitting everything in site to pieces …. except the washing from the line. We have given him toys, cow hoves etc to play with but nothing is helping. Please can you suggest what we can do to stop Josh from destroying everything in site.

    Kind regards,
    Liz

  8. Hi Pippa,

    I have spent many hours reading this site in the last few weeks, in preparation for getting our first Labrador in a few days and it’s been invaluable. Is there a search box on the site anywhere? There are certain topics I’d like to see a little more on, but I can’t seem to find out how to get there… am I just missing something really obvious?

    Rachael

    • Hi Rachael,
      There isn’t a search box on the site at the moment, but I think it is a good idea. I will look into what it involves.
      Glad you are finding the site helpful. Please feel free to suggest any topics you think aren’t covered.

      Best wishes,
      Pippa

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