Activities For Frenchie Labradors

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Introduction

When most people picture a Labrador, they think of a solidly built bulldozer of a dog. But when you combine a Lab with a little French bulldog, you got a medium-sized powerhouse of a pup that's the perfect match for any loving family.

Frenchie Labs, as these sweet dogs are called, tend to grow to a height of 16 to 18 inches and can weigh anywhere between 35 to 50 pounds on average. They also have a longer average lifespan than many other dogs.

Because their natural tendencies are playful and sweet, they do better in homes where there is a lot of love and patience. They don't respond well to being yelled at and can become reclusive and sad.

Owners of these special breeds have to take the time to get to know their specific needs. You have now combined a small dog with a tendency towards laziness with a large dog that loves to play and needs a lot of exercise. That means you need to find just the right activities to appease their Lab side while still taking into consideration the health concerns of the French bulldog.

Pup Play Dates

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toys to Share
Activity description

Both Labs and Frenchies are very social dogs, so they generally prefer spending time playing with other pups, too. As long as the play is moderated to take into the health concerns of the French bulldog side, and the other pup is of a similar temperament, pup play dates are the perfect activity for your Frenchie Labrador. 

Swimming may be a no-no for these belly-heavy dogs if yours leans more toward the Frenchie side of their genetics, and if your pup is like most of these mixes, they have a short nose and difficulty breathing on occasion. Avoid play dates outside in the hot weather and stop immediately if it looks like Fido is showing signs of heat exhaustion from too much play.

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Find a play date
Not every dog is going to love Fido as much as you do. Some breeds simply do not mix well with others. Keep this in mind as you try to schedule a play date for your pup. Just because your best friend also has a dog does not mean they will do as well together as you and your friend do. French Labs are very social but they also get their feelings hurt easily, so try to find a playmate that is also loving and playful.
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Make the introductions
As much as we want our new playmate and Fido to get together as soon as possible, it's important to introduce them in small sessions at first. Let them get to know each other and see how they react together. Remember, they will be playing with toys and sharing the same spaces as well as competing for your attention. Not all dogs do all of these things equally, and you might be surprised how Fido or the other pup acts if they get jealous.
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It's a date!
Decide on a time and place where you will all meet up. A neutral location is best at first to avoid any territorialism, but you also want to keep other unknown dogs to a minimum. Once you have found a place to go on a mild day, or an inside area to play, bring some communal toys that either pup will love playing with and get ready to take lots of cute pictures of Fido's playdate! Don't forget the water bowls!
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Obedience Classes

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Non-retractable leash
Treats
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Pawfect for your social pup, obedience classes blend "playing" with others with teaching Fido the basics of behaving so you don't ever have to yell at your sensitive dog. Labs and Frenchies already have the innate will to please. It's up to you to teach them the commands that will help them to do this without confusion. 

Most obedience classes require that your pup have their vaccinations prior to enrolling. You will also need to call ahead to see what supplies are required, but for the most part, they will consist of a collar or harness, a non-retractable leash, and treats. 

Don't expect the obedience class to be just for Fido, though! During this time, you will also learn how to get and keep control at home. The more you practice outside of the school setting, the quicker your pup will get to the head of the class and graduate!

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Find an obedience class
Search your area for available classes and then ask around for feedback. Going online to inquire about past students' experiences is a great idea. The instructor makes the class just as much as the content does. Choosing your obedience class should not be done randomly — take some time and put some effort into making sure it's worth your time and money.
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Prepare your pup
Each obedience class will have its own requirements, but in general, you will need to make sure Fido is caught up on all vaccines and has a recent physical. This is for your dog's safety as well as all of the other canines as well. A little extra shopping may be required to ensure you have all of the necessary items your obedience class requires, but there should not be a laundry basket of items — two or three basic necessities are normal.
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Show up and show off
Arriving early to your first class lets you get a feel for the other dogs as they come in. While it's never good to judge a dog by their first visit to a strange place, it is a good way to see which ones already obey and have basic commands down. Those may be role model dogs for Fido. Listen to what your teacher instructs you and take those lessons home. Learning does not end in the classroom. The more you practice, the better Fido will retain the information. Dogs tend to forget commands if they aren't repeatedly reinforced. Positive reinforcement is crucial with your Frenchie Labrador — avoid yelling and expressing frustration.
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Take a Yoga Class for Dogs

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Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Yoga Mat
Water
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The benefits of yoga are extensive. It's great for your mind, body, and soul. So why wouldn't it be good for Fido, as well? The answer is — it is! And there's a whole term for yoga for dogs — Doga. 

Doga is a great way for owners to bond with their pups and pups to get some physical health benefits, relaxation, and entertainment at the same time (imagine what they are thinking as their "hoomans" do the downward dog pose!).  Doga is good for dogs who have health conditions to be aware of, like the Frenchie Labrador. It lets them stretch and work their muscles without overheating or getting injured, as long as you are practicing it safely.

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Find a doga class in your area
Of course, not every town has this option. You may have to drive a bit to a bigger city if you don't have a Doga class in your area. There are apps and podcasts that you can download, but then you lose out on the socialization aspect of the class, which is a big bonus for a friendly dog like a Frenchie Labrador. Compare prices and reputations, too — you don't want to jump in to just any class.
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Prepare for the class
Call ahead and reserve a spot. When you do call, ask what their rules are and what materials are required. Usually, you will just need a yoga mat and water for you and Fido. It's also common for them to require a vaccine record and physical (for Fido, of course, not you!). But if you really want to go all out, you can even buy matching yoga outfits for you and your pup.
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Join in!
Showing up early, again, gives you the advantage of seeing other owners and their dogs and knowing who might be a good role model for Fido and who to stay away from. You should expect to participate in the class. It's a great bonding opportunity for you and Fido and you can always use what you learn at home to keep that exercise and stretching going in between classes.
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More Fun Ideas...

Try a Dance Routine

Have you ever seen those amazing talented dogs on the TV shows doing choreographed dances? Have you wondered just how on earth those owners found dogs that were just that smart? Well, your dog can be, too — it's not the dog that has to be smart, it's the owner that has to take the time to train them! You can easily choreograph some basic dance moves and teach Fido how to two-step and cha-cha right along with you!

Follow the Dog Leader

Want to confuse Fido and give you both a laugh? Try following your pup instead of them following you on your daily walk or around your backyard. It's a simple exercise with a twist — Fido gets to lead (within safety reasons, of course). This is a great way for your dog to get to feel in charge and you to step into their paws for a bit — you have no idea where the adventure is going to lead, but you're along for the ride (walk) anyway!


Conclusion

Congratulations! You are the proud pet owner of a dog that is part of what is arguably considered to be the friendliest breed in the world! With that title, though, comes a lot of responsibility. Mixing an active, healthy Lab with a sedentary, health-concern riddled French bulldog results in unpredictability. Your pup may want to run and play a lot, but you need to be on the alert for heat exhaustion or other difficulties they may encounter. On the other hand, too much downtime can make Fido bored and destructive, so be sure you plan activities that keep your pup out of trouble!