Activities For Labradanes

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Introduction

When you combine the noble and caring Great Dane and the loyal and fun-loving Labrador Retriever, the resulting dog is one of the best all-around family dogs – the Labradane. Historically, this mixed breed first appeared during the 1980s, when breeders tried to develop “designer” puppies made from the larger breeds as a way to address the demand for smaller dogs. Throughout the years, the Labradane has steadily remained as a popular choice among most hybrid dog breeds because of their devotion, protectiveness and mild demeanor. When trained early and provided with the right care, this gentle giant can do work, protect the household and be a companion anytime and anywhere. 

Run a Marathon

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

The Labradane was developed from two dog breeds that are generally active and energetic. Thus, it is expected that the Labradane will need a good amount of exercise to stay healthy and to keep any negative behavior at bay. Because of the Labradane’s athleticism and endurance, they make for excellent training partners. A unique and exciting way to bond with your pooch is by joining a marathon. Dog-friendly marathons are a huge trend and usually come at 3k or 5k distances. In these marathons, you also get to meet other pet owners and their beloved friends while squeezing some fitness in. 

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Register for an upcoming race
A simple search on Google or any search engine will yield thousands of information regarding dog-friendly marathons. Whether you want to join a marathon in your area or somewhere within driving distance is totally up to you. When you find a race that fits your timeline and everything else you’re looking for, register for yourself and your pooch.
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Train with your dog
Just like with most sporting events, you have to train enough weeks before the actual event. You would not want to exhaust your pooch (and yourself, too!) on the day itself. Start with short walks and eventually work your way to longer running sessions. You may even do sprint intervals once your Labradane gets used to running.
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Race day!
On the day of the race, do not forget to pack enough hydration for you and your four-legged running buddy. Also, keep your dog on a leash to prevent them from running away. Most importantly, always check on your pooch throughout the race and look for any signs of fatigue. Enjoy the time together as you revel in your fitness!
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Backyard Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Wood
Kiddie Pool
Hurdles
Tires
Activity description

Labradanes are some of the most hyperactive mixed breeds to ever be developed. Just like most dogs, they are in need of regular exercise and stimulation. Most dog owners usually go for a stroll around the neighborhood or a visit to the dog park. However, you need not go far to keep them well-exercised. In fact, you can utilize your home space by creating a backyard dog playground. In doing so, you will save yourself the trouble of having to go to a dog–friendly playground or park in order to exercise your pooch. Labradanes may be big in size but they have moderate exercise needs. With the right idea, your backyard dog park will be the only thing you need to physically and mentally stimulate your dog. 

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Create an idea for your backyard
So you want your own dog park in your backyard but don’t know where to start? Look for inspiration online. You can also brainstorm by focusing on what your dog loves doing. For instance, if your Labradane has a knack for going jumping over stuff, then install some hurdles in your backyard. Or, create a tire obstacle for them to maneuver over.
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Collect the needed materials
This is usually the step that puts off most dog owners. The idea of having your own dog park is nice but it also seems expensive. But in reality, you can find a lot of the materials that you have lying around in storage. For instance, if you want a puppy pool, you can use an old inflatable pool that you might have kept some years ago. Build a digging area, surrounding it with bricks or pieces of wood. Be creative with the things you have to keep costs at a minimum.
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Let your dog have fun
After you have everything in place and have built your doggy backyard playground, it is time to let your dog enjoy it. Have your dog check out and enjoy the many features of the playground. You can even go and join your pooch for a game or two while you’re at it. Traversing tires is the optimum leg workout for humans, too!
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Snowshoeing

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Cold Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Booties and jacket
Leash
Snowshoes
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description

The winter season is a polarizing time of the year; some people hate the cold while some actually look forward to the snow. One thing that dog owners can agree on, however, is that winter can be challenging when it comes to exercising their dogs. Gone are the days of taking strolls, playing fetch or just chilling at the dog park. But winter is also a unique time in the year where you and your dog get to try new activities together, one of which is snowshoeing. As its name suggests, this activity involves the use of snowshoes while trekking. It is a fun opportunity for you and your Labradane to burn some fuel, improve your relationship and to simply have fun.

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Get the needed gear
Snowshoeing can be challenging, especially without the right type of gear. This applies to both you and your dog. Just imagine, if you are feeling cold due to the weather, then your dog will definitely feel the same. Buy an insulated dog jacket that will keep your pooch warm during your trip. Invest in other gear as well such as sturdy leashes and dog boots to keep your furbaby’s paws protected.
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Check for dog-friendly trails
To actually do some snowshoeing, you need to find a dog-friendly trail. Nordic ski areas and groomed snow trails are some of the best options for dogs and their owners who are looking to do the activity. There are lots of hiking trails that are also dog-friendly year round. However, check to confirm before heading out as there are some special cases when trails are used for winter sports, which can potentially be dangerous for dogs.
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Brave the cold together
When you find your spot, go have some snowshoeing fun with your dog. Bring enough water and food for your pooch. Also, remember that this activity is quite taxing and requires a lot of effort, especially on the part of your dog. Thus, you need to be vigilant and look out for any signs of fatigue or hypothermia. Stop for breaks and don’t overexert your dog.
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Have Brunch Together

If you are someone who likes brunch, then you should know that it is something that can be shared with your friends - both two-legged and four-legged ones! Restaurants are becoming more and more receptive of customers who bring their pets along, 

Water Fun

Dogs are into cheap thrills; spending time outdoors with their owners is already something that they cherish. In fact, dogs can find enjoyment in the simplest of things, such as playing with water in the yard. On a hot summer day, turn on those sprinklers or hose down your dog. This simple activity does wonders in strengthening your relationship with your pooch.

Conclusion

The Labradane is a big, lively breed that has so much to offer to their owners. However, this hybrid dog is not for people who cannot commit to giving enough care, love and attention. The abovementioned activities are all amazing ideas that will help shape your Labradane into the perfect dog and companion.