Activities For Labrador Corsos

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Introduction

A lot of the time, hybrid dog breeds tend to have cheeky amalgamated names that make it hard to tell which dogs they directly descend from. Labrador Corsos, on the other hand, have a name that lets you know exactly which dogs they hail from as well as hints at what they're personalities and activity requirements could be like; Labrador Corsos result from crossing a Labrador Retriever with a Cane Corso (also known as an Italian Mastiff.) Lab Corsos are large dogs who benefit greatly from being introduced to strength training and agility training activities, as well as games that train their brains and sense of smell.

Dog Puzzles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Puzzles
Treats
Activity description
Lab Corsos are large dogs who need to be introduced to a number of activities that will help them stay fit and healthy for as long as possible but they're also very smart dog who need to be mentally stimulated from time to time as well. Dog puzzles are great, inexpensive tools that can help get your dog some of that mental stimulation, helping them become a more well-rounded pet in the long run. Dog puzzles challenge your dog by prompting them to move various puzzle pieces around a board or manipulate a treat toy so that your pet can complete the puzzle and unlock a tasty treat hidden inside. These toys are effectively dog proof as well, meaning that a dog won't be able to use brute strength to solve them.
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Get to know the puzzle
Before you let your dog sink their teeth into a dog puzzle, we think you should spend some time playing with it and getting to know how it works from the inside out. Not only will doing so provide you with a bit of fun, but you'll also be able to subtly guide your dog through the puzzle if you see that they're beginning to veer off course.
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How to play
There won't be much that you'll need to do once game time has officially begun, so your most valuable contributions will come during the set up phase; let your dog see you play with and possibly even complete the puzzle before you let them try on their own. Subtly guide your dog back on track if you notice that they are starting to miss the mark, but otherwise let them try this one on their own for a few minutes.
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Swimming

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog Life Jacket
Activity description
They may not look it due to their large size, but Labrador Corsos have the potential to become adept swimmers with enough time and practice. One of the main reasons for this dog breed's deftness in the water is the fact that both of their parents are excellent swimmers in their own right. As such, the Lab Corso's proficiency in the water is a hereditary gift in large part. Another major contributor to the Lab Corso's success in the water is their can-do attitude; this dog's easy going and even-tempered nature keeps them relaxed, and therefore buoyant, in the water even without a life jacket of any kind (though you should definitely bring one when you are first teaching your dog how to swim).
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Swimming basics
A dog's ability to swim is largely based on their instincts; they'll naturally begin to paddle and kick their legs when they find themselves being held above water, so you won't have to teach your dog how to actually do the swimming part per se. Rather you'll mostly be concerned with teaching your dog how to be at ease in the water so that instinct can take over.
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Acquaintance with the water
One of the best ways to help your dog feel more at home in the water is by outfitting them with a life jacket and then letting them hop in a shallow body of water. The life jacket will make it impossible for your pet to sink while the shallow body of water will be easier for them to swim through as opposed to the steeper pools.
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Making greater strides
Like a pair of training wheels, the life jacket can acts as somewhat of a hindrance to some dogs, despite keeping your pet safe. Eventually, you'll want to take it off and let your dog swim and stay afloat with their own power in order for them to progress as a swimmer. We think it would be a good idea to do this after your dog has spent a week or two swimming around getting comfy in the water. Of course, in deep or choppy water, your dog should always have a life jacket on.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
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45 - 60 min
Items needed
Backpacks
First Aid Kit
Food and Water
Navigation Tools
Activity description
Hiking is a great activity that not only keeps hikers physically healthy but also has the potential to help improve one's emotional, mental, and spiritual health in the long run. Labrador Corsos are naturally adventurous and sporty dogs, so many of them end up loving this activity after they manage to complete enough trips with their families. Hiking is also a very versatile activity, as one can make the experience as easy or as difficult as they'd like to by manipulating a number of factors. While hiking is a very intuitive activity, we're hardpressed to call it easy due to the level of effort that one can put into it.
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Hiking basics
That's the funny thing about hiking; at its core, it really is a basic activity as it largely consists of walking from one point of a hiking trail to another. The rules are simple: keep your pup by your side at all times and always tell a family member where you are going and when you plan to return. Additionally, pack wisely.
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The prep phase
This phase is all about planning out the hiking trip to ensure that you and your Lab Corso have a fun and safe time. You'll need to spend a great deal of time actually figuring where you could and should go for an optimal hiking experience, what you need to bring and what you can leave at home, when you should go, and how you can get there. Our best advice is to not rush this phase; take as long as you need to plan out your first few trips. Over time, this phase will become a lot shorter as you become a more experienced hiker.
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The hiking phase
Aka the intuitive part. Really, just make sure that you and your dog stick to the trail, as well as right by each other's side, and you won't really have any problems during this part of the activity. We recommended bringing navigation tools of some kind so that you can make sure that you and your dog are sticking to the trail, but most hiking trails are very easy to follow on their own. Hydrate regularly and keep aware of your pet's energy status.
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Backpacking

Backpacking is a lot like hiking, save for one very crucial difference; while hiking trips are meant to be completed within the span of a day, backpacking trips are meant to go on for days, weeks, or even months at a time. This activity is fairly intense but it's also very physically and mentally rewarding in its own right.

Ring Stacking

This activity will stimulate your dog mentally, prompting them to think outside of the box to find new solutions to unconventional problems. Your dog will be prompted to lift a set of rings of various sizes off of one pole before setting them down on another. Sounds simple but this activity can be quite a brain teaser for a dog, so have some treats handy to reward your pet for their efforts.

Conclusion

We hope that we've been able to sate your curiosities concerning Labrador Corsos enough to encourage you to adopt one of these gentle giants. Lab Corsos are awesome dogs that sadly don't have as much recognition as they ought due to their hybrid heritage. It's our hope that folks who end up adopting one of these pups into their families will eventually come to think of themselves as ambassadors for these lovely and underappreciated dogs. Lab Corsos are very friendly animals, so we encourage you to socialize your Lab Corsos as early as possible in order to spread the good word about these dogs much faster.