A cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Pointer, this breed is sometimes referred to as a Pointador. However, no matter what the name, this breed is loyal but also full of energy. If you are the owner of a Lab-Pointer, you are already well aware of this! So what type of activities are good for such a high energy breed? Well, there are plenty of games! The fact that Lab-Pointers are also very intelligent and easy to train makes them the perfect candidate for lots of fun activities.
Lab-Pointers were bred originally for companionship but also for hunting. These pups have a keen sense of smell and a desire to track which means that games which revolve around hunting are perfect for this breed. Not only should you provide your pup with lots of toys to keep them busy (squeaky toys tend to be this breed's favorite) but you should also set up games and activities regularly to help your dog ease their natural prey drive. Luckily, a few very fun hunting activities are right here for you! Your Lab-Pointer will be "hunting" in no time!
A Lab-Pointer is not only a very intelligent breed but they also need a lot of exercise and are very trainable. All of these traits combine to be perfect for dog agility courses. While there are many ways to go about enlisting your pup to run agility courses (from casually playing in your yard to joining a dog agility competition group), your Lab-Pointer is going to adore any course you set up. What is so great about agility courses is that you can change them to suit your needs, making them easy or very difficult. Then you can switch them to make a new course and train your pup again! The fun is endless.
If you have never heard of the game called treibball, get ready to learn a fun and exciting activity you can do with your Lab-Pointer. Treibball is actually a competitive dog game that can get pretty serious, however, you can totally opt to keep it just seriously fun! This game incorporates a lot of herding skills along with the ability to listen to commands. Your Lab-Pointer will be a great treibball player as they are easy to train and have the energy needed to run around the treibball course! Get those treats ready; this game takes a little bit of patience and guidance to learn.
Lab-Pointers are known to be intelligent so why not put those brains to good use and teach them some new tricks? Jump through a hoop, dive into the water from a diving board or army crawl across the floor are all fun tricks to try.
Time off the leash in a fenced in area is invaluable to Lab-Pointers - these dogs need to run! If you don't have a backyard where your pup can run freely, look for a local dog park or ask a friend if you can use their yard.
Lab-Pointers are a great family breed of dog. They need a lot of exercise so keep that in mind before you sign up to adopt one of these dogs. However, with the proper activities and days filled with interesting games, your Lab-Pointer will be one of the best pets you ever had. When the day is done, get ready to cuddle your Lab-Pointer - they may be high energy but they are also affectionate!