Activities For Rhodesian Labradors

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Introduction

A loyal and affectionate breed that absolutely adores its people, the Rhodesian Labrador makes a wonderful pet for the right family. Combining the sweet and friendly nature of the Labrador with the athleticism, stubbornness, and devotion of the Rhodesian Ridgeback, these big dogs have won plenty of hearts all around the world.

However, their large stature and tendency to inherit a headstrong personality means they're not the paw-fect pet for everyone. That said, if you're willing to give a Rhodesian Labrador proper training and plenty of outlets for their excess energy, they'll make the ideal addition to your home.

If you're searching for activities to entertain and excite your Rhodesian Labrador, here are three of the best.

Take a Dip

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Hot Day
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1 hr
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Doggy life jacket
Activity description

When summer hits and the mercury starts rising, many Rhodesian Labradors will relish the opportunity to get wet. Labradors in particular have a long history as working dogs in and around the water, so don't be surprised if your pooch is a furry water baby.

If this sounds like your dog, there are plenty of places where your pooch can get wet. If you live near the coast, find your nearest dog-friendly beach and get ready to feel the sand between your paws. If not, research rivers, creeks, lakes, and swimming holes that are suitable for dogs, or maybe see if there's a dog-friendly swimming pool close by.

Wherever you go, make sure you supervise your dog at all times and never force them to swim if they don't want to.

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Choose your swimming spot
Where you go really depends on where you live and what sort of dog-friendly swimming spots are nearby. Whatever you choose, take note that each spot has its own unique hazards -- from strong currents to hot sand that can burn delicate paws -- so choose your spot wisely.
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Introduce your dog to the water
If your pooch has never been swimming before, this is a step you'll need to take slowly. A doggy life vest is useful here, while having some treats handy can help reassure uncertain dogs. Warmer water will also help your pet take the plunge, and remember to keep the whole experience as fun as "pawssible".
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Get wet
Once your dog is comfortable in and around the water, let them frolic to their heart's content. Some will love paddling out to fetch toys you throw, some will love splashing around in the shallows, and others will love it if you're doggy paddling right by their side. Just make sure you supervise your pet closely, watch for any hazards, and recognize the signs that your pet needs a rest.
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Take a Hike

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1 - 2 hrs
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Leash
Water
Trail snacks
Map
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The Rhodesian Ridgeback was developed in Africa as a hunting dog, so they love spending time in the great outdoors and thrive on physical activity. Labradors are also known for their high energy levels and exercise requirements, so Rhodesian Labradors love getting out and about and raising their heart rate.

One of the best ways to do that is to take a hike! Fresh air, wide-open spaces, beautiful scenery, and challenging terrain -- all of these factors make hiking a great activity for Rhodesian Labradors. Better yet, it's something that will benefit you just as much as it will your pooch.

Here's how to plan the paw-fect hike for your beloved pet.

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Choose your trail
Research the parks and forests in your local area to find out which ones allow dogs. Dogs will need to be kept on a leash in many areas, but if you can find a spot where your pooch is allowed to be off-leash while out on the trail, then this will be very well-received by your furry friend! You can then study different trails in the area to find out which ones might be suitable for you and your dog in terms of fitness level, the length of the trail, and the terrain along the way.
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Plan your hike
Make sure you know exactly where you're going before you set out. Study a map and any trail notes so you know where to go and what to expect, as well as whether there are any hazards (such as poison ivy or dangerous wildlife) to be aware of. Remember to pack sufficient water and food for you and your dog, take a map with you, and check whether you'll be within cell phone coverage for the entire trek.
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Hit the trail
Now it's time to start walking. There's a good chance your Rhodesian Labrador will be dragging you along and setting the pace, but they'll love the opportunity to go off-leash and sniff around if they can. Just make sure you give your pooch a rest if they're showing signs of slowing down.
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Hide and Seek

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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5 min
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Treats
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Harness
Activity description

With their powerful sense of smell and a prey drive that's just as strong, Rhodesian Labradors often excel at the sport of tracking. You can sign your dog up for tracking with your local dog sports club if you want, but you can also play plenty of fun scent games with your dog at home.

One of the easiest and most enjoyable is a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek. Think of it as a treasure hunt with you as the treasure -- your dog will love tracking you down in whatever creative hiding spot you find. Here's what you need to do.

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Hide
When your dog is distracted somewhere around your home, sneak off and hide in a spot where they wouldn't ordinarily expect you to be. Tuck yourself away behind the laundry door, under the bed, or in a closet. You can then wait for them to come and find you, which often happens very quickly, or you may want to call out to them to get things moving.
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Reward
Your dog will use their super schnoz to sniff out your hiding place. When they find you, make sure to reward them with whatever they get most excited about -- a treat, lots of praise, or a game with their favorite toy. They'll soon come to love tracking you down in all manner of cheeky hiding spots around the home.
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Repeat
You and your dog can play hide and seek whenever you've got a few spare moments at home. You can get more creative with your hiding spots to add an extra challenge for your dog, and even move your games outside if your backyard is a suitable space to do so.
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Snuggle Time

Rhodesian Labradors are grrr-eat snugglers. As long as their daily exercise needs are met, these pooches love nothing more than cuddling up next to you on the couch. We recommend doing it on a rainy Saturday night in the middle of winter -- your dog will even let you choose the movie you watch!

Dock Diving

Want to take your dog swimming but with a fun twist? Why not try the sport of dock diving, where pooches launch themselves off a dock and into the water to fetch a buoyant toy you throw for them? The aim is to jump as far or as high as possible, and it's splash-tastic fun for Fido!

Conclusion

If you love getting outdoors and living an active lifestyle, a Rhodesian Labrador might just be the paw-fect companion. But while these dogs adore tackling whatever life throws at them, they're also happy to be wherever you are and doing whatever you're doing -- so be prepared for plenty of canine cuddles.

However you decide to spend your free time with your Rhodesian Labrador, make sure you always mix it up and keep things interesting. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and these gorgeous dogs will love indulging in all sorts of experiences with you by their side!