Mix Up Your Exercise Routine
You certainly don’t need to do the same thing every day. Like people, dogs appreciate a little variety. Let the weather and your daily schedule dictate each adventure. Just be sure to always schedule something or your dog will become restless, bored and possibly destructive.
Labradoodles are energetic. At times this energy can seem boundless. But you don’t want to drive your dog too hard. Dogs are often reluctant to show signs of fatigue or weakness. Your dog might play well beyond his limits. Be sure and watch out for signs of exertions such as heavy panting, a slow gait and lots of thirst.
Also, vary your activities so the dog doesn’t have two straight days of intense activity. If you go on a big hike one day, stick to a short walk the next. This will not only avoid overexertion, you’ll also be able to notice any physical injuries which may develop slowly such as a sprain.
How to Exercise Safely
As long as you generally take it easy, your dog should be pretty safe. However, there are a few supplies you’ll always want to bring along. Be sure and don’t forget:
- Fresh water and a bowl
- Some snacks
- A towel (in case your dog gets dirty on a hike, for instance)
You also want your dog to be easily identified in case he or she gets lost. Your dog should wear a collar with identification every time he’s out of the house. You’ll probably also want to get him microchipped.
Also, you’ll want to get a chest harness for your dog. The type of leash which goes around the collar is fine for short trips outside, but long-term use can cause damage to your dog’s neck. For walking and hiking, a harness is safer for the dog while also providing you with more control.
Getting Fit with Your Labradoodle
A labradoodle can be a great companion for all sorts of outdoor adventures. You and your dog can explore the outdoors or just play fetch in the park. A labradoodle who is active on a regular basis is happy, fit and healthy. So commit to regular exercise for your labradoodle – both you and your four-legged friend will benefit.
Image: www.vetstreet.com/dogs/labradoodle (Nick Ridley, Animal Photographer).