Activities For Labrahuahuas

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Introduction

On their own, the Labrador Retriever and the Chihuahua are extremely popular and well-loved by dog enthusiasts. When combined, these two breeds create one of the most renowned designer dogs known as the Labrahuahua. This hybrid dog is typically pint-sized and inherits facial and body features from both parent breeds. Labrahuahuas bring together the Labrador Retriever’s calm and steadfast character with the spirited and gutsy nature of the Chihuahua to produce a clever and lively dog with a dash of stubbornness. Owners of this breed are in for a treat; expect this breed to bring lots of fun, excitement and love to your daily life. 

Soccer

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Soccer ball
Activity description

For some dog owners, one of the reasons they look for a dog is to have a playmate in a variety of activities, including sports. While some breeds are more active than others, there are certain dogs that enjoy playing and having fun through physical exercise. The Labrahuahua is a fairly energetic breed that needs physical and mental stimulation on the regular. One of the standard sports that you can tweak for your pooch is soccer. Labrahuahuas excel in this activity because of their natural instinct to chase and retrieve, which is mostly because of their Labrador Retriever bloodline. This game is best played outdoors, especially when the skies are clear and the weather is good. 

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Find a field
The most important element of playing soccer is the space to play in. Your soccer field can be anywhere that has enough space to run and kick the ball around. Ideally, if you are going to be playing in your backyard, it should be fenced and secure so that your dog won’t stray too far away.
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Ball size
Choose a ball that is appropriately-sized to match your dog’s size, preferably one that they can easily push around. To make your dog ball-crazy, you need to introduce the soccer ball and get them interested. Let your pooch play with it on their own. When your dog brings the ball towards your direction, that’s a sign that they want to play.
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Kicking towards the goal
To start playing, set up a goal for the game. Put your dog on a leash and start kicking on the ball and chasing it. Your dog should be following your lead as you do this but be sure not to go too fast. Kick the ball towards the goal as your dog looks on. Eventually, you can start playing against your dog. Kick the ball lightly in your dog’s direction and get them to score. If they need help, you can direct your dog towards the goal.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Frisbee disc
Activity description

Because both parent breeds are quite active, Labrahuahuas need to engage in a good amount of physical activity on a daily basis to stay happy and healthy. They can burn energy through various activities in the form of lengthy walks, jogging or some physical games. But because of their Labrador Retriever DNA, this hybrid dog has a natural inclination to retrieve. Thus, one of the best games that you can play with the Labrahuahua is Frisbee. Playing a game of Frisbee for about 30 to 60 minutes a day is an excellent way to exercise your pooch and keep them fit. Not only is it effective in keeping them physically stimulated, this game also does wonders for your dog’s mental health.

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Play with the disc
In order to successfully get your dog to play Frisbee, you need to have them develop an attachment towards the Frisbee disc. Dogs naturally become curious when introduced to a new item. If your pooch needs some additional motivation, what you can do is associate the Frisbee disc with a reward by putting a treat on top of it or placing peanut butter on the disc’s edges.
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The "give" command
Once your dog gets attached to the disc, you may have a hard time taking it from them. Hence, the next thing to practice would be the “give” command. When your dog gets a good grasp of this command, you can easily get them to release the disc after retrieving it. Again, you may use treats to encourage your Labrahuahua.
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Play some Frisbee
After you have mastered the “give” command, it’s now time to play the actual game of Frisbee. Start with easy movements so that your dog won’t get overwhelmed. You can start by rolling the disc or throwing it low and close. When your dog retrieves and returns the disc successfully, you may give them a treat as a reward. As the game progresses, you can start to throw the disc a little bit higher and further.
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Therapy Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Certification
Activity description

Even though the Labrahuahua is known for being an energetic dog who loves to play, this breed can also be well-behaved and friendly towards others, even strangers. They are naturally well-behaved around people, especially when trained and socialized at an early age. Because of their tendency to be social, Labrahuahuas can make for great therapy dogs. By turning your best furry friend into a certified therapy dog, you get a chance to give back to the community in your own special way. Therapy dogs assist in various settings, such as nursing homes and children’s hospitals, among others. By volunteering in these organizations, you and your dog can bring joy to others and make a positive effect on their lives. 

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Assess your dog
Before you can register your four-legged friend as a therapy dog, you first need to assess if they are qualified. There are no required breeds for therapy dogs, so long as they are well-behaved. Some organizations also require that the dog is in excellent physical condition and with no known diseases. Most organizations have a list of requirements found on their website. You will also likely have to go through exams such as the Canine Good Citizen Test, which is administered by the American Kennel Club. This test will determine whether your dog is a good fit to become a therapy dog.
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Go through formal training
If your dog meets all the requirements, the next step would be to go through formal training. There are lots of professional trainers who teach therapy dog courses and classes that you and your dog can join. In these sessions, your dog will learn how to behave in various situations such as loud places, movements and other possible distractions.
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Register with an accredited organization
Once your dog finishes the training and passes the final evaluation, the final step would be to register as an official therapy dog. Some of the most notable organizations are Therapy Dogs International and Pet Partners. There are also local therapy programs all over the country that you can join. Be sure to do thorough research and find one that best fits you and your pooch or one that meets your preferences. They can also help you get started with volunteering work.
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Mani-pedi Day

Dog owners often forget about or disregard trimming the nails of their canines. However, this is important because it could be painful for your dog if the nails grow out too long. Take some time off and give your pooch a mani-pedi day. Carefully clip your dog’s nails using a nail trimmer. You may even paint their nails; just be sure to pick out a pet-friendly and non-toxic nail polish.

Good ol' Fetch

As mentioned above, Labrahuahuas thrive in activities that bring out their retrieving instincts. Sometimes, the best games are the simplest ones. Take a ball, a twig or any toy and play fetch with your dog. You can play this in the dog park or even within your own backyard.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a dog that can handle daily physical activities and also be content in snuggling and doing nothing, then the Labrahuahua is the perfect choice for you. This hybrid dog knows how to have fun and play but they are also made for companionship. A cute, lovable and friendly dog, the Labrahuahua can surely brighten anyone’s day.