Activities For Labradingers

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Introduction

The Labradinger makes a delightful companion for the active person or family. This intelligent, lovable breed is a combination of the Labrador Retriever and the English Springer Spaniel. If you want an energetic dog that craves interaction, this mix may just be pawfect for you! They can be strong-willed and a bit tricky to train, but once you socialize them and teach them basic obedience, they'll be a good family member (although they're most suitable for families without young children). With their sporting dog parentage, Labradingers love the water and lots of room to run. Try the activities listed below to help keep your Labradinger content.

Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
waste bags
retrieving toy
leash
towel
Activity description

One activity for your pooch to enjoy on a hot day is swimming. As water dogs, Labradingers love to do the doggie paddle. This provides good aerobic exercise that will help your furry friend spend some of their energy. There are plenty of places where you can take your pup for a dip -- look for a pet-friendly beach or head to a stream or lake. 

The beauty of swimming with Fido is that it doesn't have to cost you anything! Whether you're jumping off the dock into a lake or pond or you're splashing along the shoreline, you'll be bonding with your four-footed friend. Remember to check out the pet rules of the beach or marina if you're in a public area.  

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Find a venue
You know you want to take your pal swimming -- now it's time to decide where and how. Is there a lake or beach in the area that allows dogs? You may prefer a swimming pool in your back yard or at a friend's place. Figure out what fits your schedule and make a plan.
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Get ready
Once you pick a place to go, you need to gather a few items and get the car ready for a wet dog. Pack towels for you and your fur-baby and bring a leash. If you have a retrieving dummy or another water toy, bring it along for a game of fetch. Lay blankets or a towel over your seats to protect them.
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Go swimming
If you need to drive to your destination, load everything in the car and head out. Once you arrive, get in the water and enjoy some low-impact aerobic exercise with your fur-baby. Spend an hour or more swimming and playing together. This is a grrr-eat opportunity for Fido to burn off some energy and bond with you at the same time.
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Play in the Park

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
water
toy
waste bags
leash
Activity description

If there's a park in the area that's dog-friendly, take your furry pal there for an outing. Since Labradingers love to be outside, this gives them a chance to get fresh air with their exercise. Whether you're exploring walking paths in the local recreational facility or visiting an off-leash play area, the Labradinger is bound to enjoy it. 

Bring along a frisbee or ball to play a game of fetch so that your pooch can do a little running. Make sure you spend enough time in the park to let your pal burn off their excess energy -- Labradingers require ruffly 60 minutes of exercise per day. Unless you're visiting a dog park that charges a fee, participating in this activity won't cost you anything. Check facility rules and observe any posted restrictions.

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Find a park
Check your area's parks and rec page to find a place to get some exercise with your special pal. There should be listings of any properties. If this resource doesn't include park rules, look up any ordinances so that you know the regulations regarding pets, leashes, hours of operation, and other details.
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Prepare
Once you find a facility, collect your gear and plan your visit. Pack your dog's leash and play toys. If there's water on the property or if it's a wet day, remember to bring a towel. Get your car ready with a blanket or seat cover if you need to drive to your location. Check your supply of waste bags to make sure you can pick up any doggy debris.
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Have fun
It's time to head to the park! If it's close by, you can walk and get some extra exercise on the way. Otherwise, load up the car and get going. At the park, you can bring out your toys and play with your furry buddy. This spot is also a good place to practice obedience drills. Keep them active for an hour or more to use up some of that energy.
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Jogging

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
water
waste bags
leash
Activity description
If you're a runner, bring Spot with you when you head out for some cardio. Since Labradingers have plenty of energy to spare, this is a furrific activity for them. What's more, it's a fun way to spend one-on-one time with your fur-baby. Keep it fresh for yourself and your pup by changing the route from time to time. These dogs love the variety and change of pace. Don't forget to carry waste bags and be prepared to stop and pick up after your furry friend when needed. It's also a good idea to bring water especially if it's a hot day.
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Plan a route
The first thing you'll need to do is decide how far you want to jog with Fido. Plan out a route that's appropriate for both of your fitness levels. Make sure you're familiar with the area and terrain. Are there any hills or obstacles? Will you be on paved surfaces or heading cross-country? Know how different factors affect the difficulty of your trek.
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Collect your gear
After selecting a route for your outing, you need to get your gear together. At a minimum, you'll want to keep your furry friend on a leash. Decide if you need a harness or additional restraint to keep your pooch from pulling you off course. Pack your water and waste bags so that you're ready in case Fido wants a break.
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Head out
One appealing thing about jogging is that you can start at your front door. Unless you have a specific venue in mind, you won't have to drive anywhere. Just leash up your furry friend and get going. Be sure you attend to your pup's needs for water or potty breaks. This activity works particularly well with obedience-trained dogs that know how to heel.
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Take a Walk

Although the Labradinger's moderate activity requirements make them prefer more strenuous activities to walking, taking a stroll around the neighborhood is a great, low-intensity activity for older Labradingers diagnosed with hip dysplasia.

Agility

Agility is a good fit for an intelligent, high-energy breed like the Labradinger. Running your pooch through an obstacle course will help satisfy their needs for mental and physical stimulation. This activity will cost you some money, but you can keep the investment down by making some of your own obstacles. Review the Kennel Club's regulations before constructing jumps and other equipment. Some dog parks also have sections with agility equipment that you can use.

Conclusion

For the right individual or family, Labradingers can make a pawtastic pet. These active and smart dogs need lots of companionship and exercise. To keep them happy and healthy, start with early training and lots of activities. With proper care and instruction, your pooch can be a loyal and eager-to-please part of your life.