Activities For Boston Labs

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Introduction

Put together a Boston Terrier and a Labrador Retriever and you have a Boston Lab! Terriers were originally bred to be fighting dogs but are actually extremely affectionate dogs. Terriers are also super smart, do not need a lot of exercise and prefer to be inside. Labs, on the other hand, were used as working dogs for most of history but also make fantastic companions. Labs are super active but easy to train and require both mental and physical stimulation. So when these two very different breeds are mixed, what activities will suit them best? The answer, indoor activities where they have to use their brain! Here are a few to get you started. 

Find It

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Toys
Box
Treats
Activity description

Searching for toys or treats is the perfect activity for a Boston Lab as it helps them be active but not overly pushed to their physical limit. Searching for toys will require dogs to use their brain as they look for the object of their desire. Their keen sense of smell will also come into play. The best part of searching for toys and treats is the reward at the end! Your Boston Lab will love to play this game as the breed responds especially well to training which involves positive rewards. You can purchase toys to help you play this game or you can use things you have at home - either option works great!

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Pick a toy
Decide what you are going to hide from your dog. Whether it be your Boston Lab's favorite toy or their favorite treat, pick something they love. Then, find something you can hide the object under. By placing it under something like a box or cup rather than just loose in the house, will make the game more challenging.
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Hide the treats
Show your dog the toy or treat and make sure they know if by name (say "here's your ball!" or "bone time!"). Then, hide the treat or toy in your house, underneath your hiding tool. Hide it well or opt to make it a little more obvious the first few time you play. Tell your dog to find their prize and watch them search!
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Let them use their senses
Don't interfere with your dog's search! Let them look and use their brain and sense of smell to find the toy. If they are having a tough time, you can help guide them in the right direction but even once they find the box the prize is hidden under, let your pup flip it over themselves - that is also part of the fun!
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Ring Stacking

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Stacking Ring Toy
Activity description

When thinking of a game for a dog as smart as a Boston Lab, you can look to games that are actually directed toward babies. That's right, human babies! A dog can easily master a game just like a baby, especially games that involve sizes and colors. One of the best games is stacking rings which can be used to train your dog to learn colors, teach them to move objects with their mouth and to sort objects in a specific order. While this may take a while to teach your dog, the mental stimulation that it will provide is unbelievable. 

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Find a toy
Find a stacking ring toy that is usually used for babies. There will be many options available but search for a wooden version of the toy. Plastic rings will do but keep in mind that your Boston lab will be biting and moving them a lot and the plastic rings can easily be dented.
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Allow them to explore
Let your dog sniff and explore their new toy. Remove the rings from the center post and, as you do, say each color to teach your dog the names of each ring. Spread them out on the floor and then pick up each ring and hand it to your dog so that they know it is okay to take the toy in their mouth.
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Teach the game
Show your dog how to place the rings back on the post. Give your dog a ring, then say "post" and remove it from their mouth and place it back on the post. Do it again with the next color needed. "Blue, post" you can direct. Do this with each ring and practice this game frequently. Soon, your pup will be stacking rings with the smartest babies around!
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Clean Up

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Any Day
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Normal
15 min
Items needed
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Most dogs have tons of toys and while that is super fun for your pup, that isn't always great for you as cleaning up all those toys can take time. Rather than give your Boston Lab fewer toys (and therefore less fun), why not have your dog help to clean up? That may not sound like something your pup would be inclined to do but think again! Boston Labs, as we mentioned, are smart and greatly benefit from using their brains. Learning to pick up toys and put them where they belong is not only a great way for your dog to exercise their mind but it is also beneficial to you! 

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Home for the toys
Begin by creating specific places for all of your dog's toys. This can be in one big tub (which is probably the easiest) or precise locations for each individual toy. Wherever you decide, keep it consistent and put the toys in the same spot every day.
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Location learning
Teach your dog to pick up each toy and carry it to its spot. When your dog picks up a toy, place a treat in the spot where you would like your dog to bring it. Your dog will walk over with the toy and place it down and then pick up the treat.
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Praise and reward
Praise your dog when he puts the toys away and then have him pick up another and follow the same treat, location process. While your dog is cleaning up, you can also use commands such as "pick up" or "clean up" so that in the future, you can simply say this phrase and your dog will automatically clean up!
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Toy Names

Teach your dog the names of each of their toys and have them fetch each toy by its name! This will also help you when you teach your dog the other activity in this guide - cleaning up!

Red Light, Green Light

Teach your dog to run toward you as you say green light and then come to a halt when you say red light. Freezing upon the command "red light" can be beneficial for dogs who are inside to help them stop any inappropriate behavior.

Conclusion

Boston Labs are certainly a fun breed and, since they are so smart, they are excellent dogs to train. Games that are quick physically but challenging mentally are what you should aim for with Boston Labs. Of course, Boston Labs will still enjoy a nice walk or run outside anytime! One more thing that should be mentioned, these dogs have lovable personalities so go get your pooch and snuggle up on the couch - they will love this just as much as any game!