A Labrador retriever is a wonderful pet. They are fun and enjoyable companions that will provide you As one of the most popular dog breeds in the US, labradors are a favorite pet. The breed was originally bred for retrieving game and assisting hunters. This has made it a really enthusiastic and friendly pet.
The trouble is that a lot of labradors have more energy than their owner. This can be a problem for those who want a rest after a long day of work. This is why you’ll want to give your labrador a release valve for all of its energy. There are several ways you can tire your labrador out. Nine of them are very effective and are also enjoyable for you:
1. Go On Runs.
The usual way to exercise a dog is by taking them out on a walk. However, a sedate walk is not going to be enough for labradors. If you really want to push them to their limits, you will want to take your pet out on a run. Take off the leash and put on your running shoes. Labradors are hunting dogs so you can expect them to be leading you while are on your run. It also helps that this approach will also provide you with a way to exercise.
2. Playing Fetch.
While you’re on the road, you should also play fetch. This adds another layer of difficulty to your exercise. All you need to do is to take a ball or a stick and to occassionally throw it while you are running. Your labrador should be able to retrieve it and come back to you quickly. This sort of act is ingrained in their instincts so they will pursue the ball or stick and retrieve it quickly. The running back and forth will use up a lot of energy, both mental and physical so it is a good method.
3. Jumping Around.
Another approach that will help make your runs more challenging is to add another activity to it. You should teach your labrador to jump over obstacles. For example, there may be small shrubs or walls that they can jump over. Teaching them not to run around these obstacles but to jump over them.
You can also build a short obstacle course in your backyard, where you labrador can jump to its heart’s content. This can be a very exhausting activity, which means you should alternate it with your usual run. If your labrador gets bored of a normal run, this should be a good alternative.
4. Set-up Agility Obstacle Courses.
Similar to jumps, you may also want to build an agility obstacle course in your backyard. There are kits available from quite a few pet stores, with a set of obstacles that you can put up in no time. These obstacle courses are usually hoops, small seesaws, and ramps. The main challenge to them is to train your pet to follow a particular path. You may find that they skip some parts. You’ll want to train them properly so that they do the entire obstacle course. An obstacle course is a good alternative to the normal run.
5. Learning a Few Tricks.
Another way to use up a dog’s energy is for them to learn new tricks. Labradors are very intelligent and they should be skilled enough to learn several tricks. They also happen to be enthusiastic about learning new things. It is a two-part act. First, you will be need to teach the trick. Then you will need to regularly use it so that you pet won’t forget it. Have the dog learn to stand on its back legs or something similarly physical. This should help eat up their energy.
6. Tug of War.
A simple game of tug-of-war can be an excellent way to tire out your labrador. All you need for it to happen is that you need a rope. Give your dog one end and keep one on your hand. Don’t try to win, just keep the game going by keeping the rope taut. It will give your pet something to do and a nice challenge. Note that your dog may not be as enthusiastic about it. Try to coax your Labrador into it by waving the end of the around. This should be enough for your pet to start dragging on the rope.
7. Play Dates.
One of the things you’ll notice about your Labrador is that it is a very social animal. If you get two of them together, they will immediately start playing with each other. They will manage to excite each other and they can romp around. If your friend owns a Labrador then they will be able to keep each other busy for some time. This would be a good time for you to relax. If they are young though, you may want to be more observant. This is to ensure that they don’t tire themselves out too much.
8. Two People Recall.
This is a bit of a problem since you are going to need another person to be part of this. Have your partner stand out on the field while your Labrador and yourself are on the other end. The main idea about it is that your partner will call for the dog and when it reaches them, you will signal for the dog to come back. Your pet should get a good treat every time they reach a goal. This is a good way to train your dog to come when called while also making sure your dog is all tired out.
Let Your Labrador Have Some Fun
Labradors are very dedicated pets and they deserve to have some fun. With these nine methods, you should be able to help tire them out while also amusing them. But all these exercises can benefit your pet, too. Mentally, it keeps them engaged and busy. Physically, their body will be toned and be in good health. Overall, it will assist in giving your dog a long and happy life.