Activities For Laberneses

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Introduction

Every so often a hybrid dog comes along sporting a coat that's so visually distinct, you can't help but instantly recognize which breeds make up the heritage. Laberneses exemplify this phenomenon, as their pitch black coats are streaked with whites and browns that just scream "I'm a dog that's got a bit of Labrador and Bernese Mountain Dog in my DNA." Laberneses don't just look like their parent breeds, they also act like them too; both Labrador Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dogs are very athletic and active dogs, so you can expect a Labernese to have just as much, if not more, energy than either of the parent breeds. Here are a few activities that will help put a lot of that excess energy to good use.

Sign Training

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Any Day
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30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Sign Language Books
Activity description
Sign training refers to the act of teaching a dog how to understand sign language with the use of hand signals. Most deaf individuals who live with dogs have been able to teach their pets how to understand Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) American Sign Language (ASL), or whichever form of sign language is predominantly used in their current place of residence. Even if you aren't deaf, teaching a Labernese how to understand sign language can be a great way to improve their mental faculties and prepare them for work as a service animal. This activity won't cost much to get into either - just set aside some cash for some dog treats and a few sign language books to increase your sign vocabulary. You can also train your dog during any type of weather, as this is primarily an indoor activity.
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Get your dog's attention
The first step in teaching a dog anything new is to grab their attention in a respectful manner. One way to do so with your dog via sign language is to make a sign with one of your hands, touch your dog's nose, and then make the same sign you made earlier once your pup has made eye contact with you. You'll need to repeat this step many times until your dog gets to the point where they recognize the "sign, nose touch" combo as an indicator for them to stand at attention.
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Teaching different signs
Now that you have your dog's attention, you can begin teaching them the meaning of different signs. This is where the dog treats will come in handy; you'll need to get your dog's attention, manually show them what you want them to do, give them a sign that signifies "job well done," and then reward them with a treat for their efforts. If you'd like your dog to fetch the paper once you give them a specific sign, you'll need to first show them what a newspaper is, make a sign that will represent the newspaper, and then show your dog where they need to bring it for a "job well done" sign and treat.
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Beach Break

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Sunny Day
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Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Towels
Beach Umbrella
Sunscreen
Waste Disposal Bags
Water and Food
Activity description
Laberneses are definitely the kinds of dogs that can appreciate the beach; they'll absolutely love being in an environment where they have a seemingly infinite amount of space to run and play around in and they'll be delighted to encounter other dogs as well as their human companions. Most beaches not only welcome, but encourage visitors to bring their dogs along so long as they're leashed and by their caretakers' sides. A great many beaches are also 100% cool with you keeping your dog unleashed so long as they can behave themselves. Most beaches only charge for parking, and you may want to bring some beach specific equipment along, which you can cover with about $20 or $30. It kind of goes without saying, but visit the beach during a sunny day for an optimal experience.
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Create a checklist
Before you take your Labernese to the beach, make a checklist containing all the essential items for the beach at the top and then putting down all of the non-essential items at the bottom. Sunscreen and umbrellas would definitely be considered essential items on a particularly warm day while items like beach balls and frisbees are definitely fun to have but aren't exactly vital either.
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Mix things up
When you and your Labernese make it to the beach, be sure to mix things up while you're there; the two of you can jog along the shore side by side, build sand castles together, or just drink in the sights. Whichever activities you do, mix up them up throughout the course of your stay - if you're planning on staying at the beach for 2 hours, consider switching to a different activity every 30 minutes. Be aware of others at the beach; keep your pet with you at all times and leave the beach in pristine shape when you leave.
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Soccer

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Soccer ball
Goal posts
Activity description
One of the most popular sports around the world also makes for great exercise for a Labernese. Your dog won't be able to pick up or bite the soccer ball with their mouth, so they'll eventually resort to nudging and kicking the ball around after a while. It's when they do this that they will really start having fun and burning tons of fat in the process. Based on how good you are at soccer, you can choose to simply watch your dog play on their own or jump in the fray and play a game of keep away together. Most parks have soccer fields, which you'll be able to access for free. You'll likely have to bring your own ball, however, which will cost less than $10. Try to play soccer with your dog on sunny days to avoid having to deal with rain or overall poor soccer conditions.
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Solo soccer
You won't have to go through much effort to set this activity up for your dog; just head to your local park or soccer field, roll the soccer ball towards your pet, and let them (quite literally) have a ball. You can take turns passing the ball between yourself and your dog if you want to be more active during this step, but otherwise feel free to sit back and watch your dog play soccer on their own.
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Keep away
If you've got the footwork and the inclination to do so, consider playing a friendly game of keep away with your dog and the soccer ball; world-renowned soccer player Lionel Messi plays this game with his Dogue de Bordeaux on a regular basis, but he's only able to do so thanks to his incredible skill and athleticism. In short, keep away can be a fun game humans can play with their dogs but only if the former has a solid amount of skill as a soccer player.
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Chicken Sandwich

Not too long ago, a video went viral that featured a pet parent playing with their dog and "teasing" them with the possibility of giving them a chicken sandwich. The pet parent didn't actually tease their dog (they just dubbed over footage of their dog moving their mouth and added in some pretty funny dialogue,) but the video got us thinking about making a chicken sandwich with your Labernese that they can enjoy in honor of this dog who didn't get the opportunity to.

Cup Game

This activity will test the retention skills of your Labernese as well as their memory; get a few cups, place a dog treat under one of them, shuffle the cups around, and then ask your dog to tell you which cup they think their treat is hidden under. Up the number of cups involved from 3 to 5 and so on to continue racketing up the challenge.

Conclusion

Laberneses can make great pets for a variety of different kinds of people; if you're looking for a dog to fulfill the role of a family pet, you can't go wrong with a Labernese. If you're in need of a service animal that knows when it's time to play and when it's time to get down to business, the Labernese can also meet your needs. Or if you've been searching for a pet that's willing to accompany you on all sorts of zany adventures, the Labernese may be the answer to your prayers. These adaptable dogs don't ask for much in return, save for respect and structure in their lives.