HOW MUCH EXERCISE DOES A LABRADOR NEED?
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The lab is an incredibly demanding breed in terms of exercise. Even if you go for more pets or show lines for this breed, expending all of their physical energy can still be something of a task. Generally, a labrador will not be happy with a stroll around the neighborhood or a romp in the back yard. While they do really enjoy a good game of fetch- if you are solely relying on this- odds are you will tire out before they will. The lab needs real intensive activity to really drain its energy levels, such as hiking, swimming, joining you on bike rides, or something of that caliber. And they are going to need this level of exercise daily. Mental Stimulation: Given the lab's incredible intelligence, it should also come as no surprise that the breed also requires a heft amount of mental stimulation. If they aren't working their bodies, they need to be working their minds- sleep falls somewhere in between. Though thankfully, mental stimulation for this breed is also easy to achieve. You can do obedience work with them to help drain this incredible need. Or better yet, kill two birds with one stone and play obedience games with them as this will deplete both their need for physical and mental stimulation. You can also invest in things like a foraging mat or a puzzle ball. That will allow you to hide food inside and make the dog think and test out how to get to the food contained within, which can be an excellent hands-off way to get them off on the right foot and drain their need for mental activity. Even if you don't have either of these things, you can achieve something close to the same result by spreading some kibble around in a grassy area, which will also require the dog to work their nose to hunt down all of the little pieces. Bad Outcomes: There are a lot of behavioral outcomes that can arise when dogs don't get the physical or mental stimulation they need. This is also very true for labs. An underworked lab is a destructive force to be reckoned with. They will get into all manner of things you would rather have them not, like your trash can. They will also take to chewing on items like furniture or anything they can get a hold of. Other issues can include things such as digging. And also, fence hopping and going to explore the neighborhood to find their own entertainment.