The Golden Labrador is a friendly happy dog who loves nothing better than to be with their owner. Another love of theirs is food; they love filling that belly of theirs which can result in an overweight dog. If the Labrador had a choice, they would prefer to snooze by your side, or eat, or both - it is as simple as that. Luckily, you can use their love of food to get them up and active. Not only will they burn off the treats they earn, but they will tone up their body and become more healthy. Labs, as they are affectionately known, also have another passion, and that is swimming. If you have a river nearby or live near the beach, a walk to the water is all you need to offer this dog. They will be bouncing and ready to go the moment you reach for their leash. If you have neither in proximity to your home, an inexpensive child's paddling pool or even the garden hose will suffice. Your dog needs as much entertaining as your children do, and if you are clever, you can do both together. All it needs is a bit of ingenuity, a plan and the tricky bit - implementing the plan. Don't just leave your pooch mooching on the porch everyday. Spice up their life - add some games to their to do list!
You can get involved with agility events with your Golden Labrador if you are interested, as there are many clubs around to join. But you can build an agility course quite cheaply in your back yard and invite a friend and another dog to join in your event at home. Agility courses offer a challenge to your dog as they need to follow your direction to complete the course. This activity would make an ideal weekend event for your dog, and once the components of the course are assembled, it only takes minutes to set up the course. Training your dog at home before you join a club can get your dog use to certain challenges without the distractions of other people and dogs. If you have two dogs, they can each take a turn while the other watches. The obstacle course is mentally and physically challenging for your dog. You require patience while you teach your dog this new set of tricks. But once your Lab gets it, they will want to play all the time.
A great activity for a Labrador who will be alone for a while, is to give them a Treat Ball, a Buster Cube or a Kong toy that are readily available in pet stores. Treats are stuffed into the toy and are left with the dog to work on during the day. This is ideal for the working owner. Make sure your dog understands how these toys work, you may have to help them the first time.Your dog has to learn to shake the toy, roll it, or just move it around to get the goodies. Take care to choose the right size for your dog. If you have more than one dog, this may not be the game to leave them alone with as dogs can get possessive of toys.
Having a Labrador is the perfect excuse to get out and about, and to explore a new area in your neighborhood. Go online and check out the areas around where you live and find a new park that welcomes dogs. Pack some snacks, fresh water, and maybe a ball or two. The fun begins when you and your trusty dog head out on an adventure for the afternoon. You want to give your dog as much to do as possible, so the longer the walk the better. A walk to a nearby beach, a stroll along a hinterland track, or a new park to explore are all good contenders. The benefits include elevated mental ability, health and a sense of happiness - for you both!
Labradors are outgoing friendly dogs, who generally get along well with other dogs and people. If you work a lot, consider asking a good friend if they would visit with their dog on a day that you are away. Perhaps you could help a stay at home mum by paying them a fee for an afternoon visit each week. Your pooch will enjoy their visit , and an hour of activity with another dog (that they get on well with) will be a welcome break from monotony. Even if your bestie doesn't have a dog, just their company for an hour or so will help. Labrador's love company and the money will be well spent, ensuring your pet and your friend both benefit from the arrangement.