Labradors love to play and need physical and mental stimulation, as well as interaction with their human companions, to stay happy and healthy. They also need to have exercise to stay in good shape, and playing, walking or running with your dog can be a fun and effective way to provide them with the exercise they need. Keeping a Lab in a small space, locked up, or ignored is one of the worst things that can happen to this canine breed and can lead to destructive or unhealthy behaviors, so it is vitally important to spend a little bit of time every day playing with your Lab. Play time is an integral part of pet care for every owner.
Some of the best interactive ways to play with Labradors is to play with them. Whether playing a game of fetch or simply frolicking for a bit, playing can be a great way to exercise your lab. Don’t forget, you can use play time as training time too. You can tell your dog to sit and stay before you throw the ball or Frisbee and teach her to drop it at your feet upon her return. It is important, of course, that you find a safe place to play, and that you are not breaking any local leash laws Check the area out carefully to ensure that your dog cannot run into a street where there is the danger of moving vehicles.
Regular walks and runs are also great ways to exercise your lab. Remember that labs are known for their high energy and taking them for a walk or run each day is a great way to burn off that energy, socialize your dog and reinforce training.
A good mix of games, toys, and walks on a daily basis is crucial to your Labrador’s optimum physical and mental health.