Activities For Labradoodles

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Part Lab, part Poodle - could this dog get any cuter? If you are one of the lucky ones to have this amazing breed of dog, you surely want to play with them all the time. So what kinds of games do Labradoodles like? What will excite them and keep that fluffy face smiling? And most importantly, what can you do with your Labradoodle to bond with your pup even more? Here are a few fun activities that are perfect for a Labradoodle!

Pup Friends

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1 hr
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Labradoodles are known to be extremely friendly dogs. They want to make friends everywhere they go and will frequently run up to other dogs and say, "Hi! Wanna play?". This is a trait that you should definitely try to encourage. A social dog is a happy dog, so giving your Labradoodle plenty of opportunities to play with other dogs is a great idea. Building new dog relationships and having lifelong friends is just as important to your Labradoodle as it is for humans! Give one of these friend finder activities a try and don't forget to be friendly with the humans yourself! 

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Dog park fun
Dog parks are the optimal place to meet new dogs. All the dogs can run free and gravitate to other dogs who have their same friendly personality. Not only will your Labradoodle be able to meet one dog but they can meet multiple friends all at once! A perfect friend making scenario.
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One on one play
Invite your human friends who own dogs over for a puppy play date. Schedule a day and time and meet your friend outside to play. Bringing your dogs together in a neutral outdoor location will prevent either pup from being territorial in their home. Once your dogs are good friends, feel free to schedule indoor play dates too!
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Dog event
Find a few dog events in your neighborhood that you can bring your Labradoodle too. Events like pups in the park, dog fashion shows or social group walks in the park with dogs are all common. If your neighborhood doesn't have any events like this, organize one yourself! Your dog will be truly happy surrounded by new friends!
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Educational Action

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30 min
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Labradoodles are known for their intelligence and for good reason - Poodles are smart and Labradors are also very bright. It makes sense that when the two are combined, an extremely bright breed is the result. There are many ways to keep your dog's brain active and by providing your Labradoodle with mind stimulating activities, they will stay happy and entertained. Training and teaching your dog is also something that you should never stop doing. Many people put the training to rest after their Labradoodle reaches adulthood but don't do this! Keep that doggy brain sharp with daily activities such as these. 

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Trick training
Teach your dog tricks and not just the basic ones like sit, lie down and paw. Train your dog to recognize colors, people's names or to do a series of tricks in a sequence. There are many challenging tricks you can choose and practice on a day to day basis to keep your Labradoodle learning.
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Games and puzzles
Play a game with your dog or set one up for them to play alone. Dog puzzles, hide and seek or toy search are all fun for your Labradoodle to learn. You can also invent your own games with your dog based on what they like. Are they an avid squirrel watcher? Teach them to bark once for every squirrel they see. Does your dog like to swim? Play a game where they jump in the water, grab a ball and race back to you before a timer goes off. Labradoodles are smart - they will love new creative games.
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Agility
Train your dog to do a doggy agility course inside or outside. Running over and under objects, leaping through the air and unlocking a door with hidden treats is something a Labradoodle will be great at. Make the course as easy or hard as you'd like - this is a learning activity that can get more difficult as your dog gets better and better!
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Guide Dog Training

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20 min
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Labradoodles were originally bred to be hypoallergenic guide dogs. The aim with the breed was to have the low shedding coat of a Poodle and the gentle demeanor of a Labrador. While the breed never quite worked out as planned and not many Labradoodles made it to the guide dog ranks, they still have some of those ideal traits that the breeders were after. So, why not train your dog as they were intended to be - as a guide dog! Now you don't need your dog to necessarily guide you, but they will benefit from being trained like a guide dog with discipline, rules and the ability to make decisions.  

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Socialization is key
Begin the guide dog training by socializing your dog. They should be comfortable in all types of settings and with lots of people. Do this by bringing your Labradoodle with you everywhere that pups are allowed. From the pet store to the park, the grocery store to the local dog park - get your pooch around as many people and pets as possible.
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Positive reinforcement
Give your dog lots of positive reinforcement when they do things you ask correctly. Whether you ask them to simply sit or to do a backflip, reward them! You want your dog to look to you all the time for affection and to focus all their attention on you. Guide dogs can't be distracted easily so make sure that you are the center of their world.
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Daily obedience
Practice obedience training daily. By enforcing the basic rules, your dog will be able to make better decisions on their own. If you consistently have your dog sit before crossing the street, chances are, they will never run into the road if they get loose. Basics like this are what being a guide dog is all about - your pup can learn to make good decisions without the help of a human when trained right.
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Swim Time

Labradoodles are great swimmers so bring your dog to a local swimming hole and let them go! Since the breed is also known to be high energy, this is a perfect activity to get some of that energy out in a positive way.

Bath Time

Labradoodles have a coat that needs to be maintained daily. Brush and wash your Labradoodle frequently at home or bring them to a doggy spa!

Conclusion

Labradoodles are a fantastic breed that you will adore having. They are always willing to learn, love being affectionate and social and are full of great energy which means they will love to go on walks and runs with you. Don't let your Labradoodle get bored - let these ideas for activities guide you and your dog to a happy place where you can both play, learn and make friends.  Every activity is better with a Labradoodle by your side!