Exercising a labradoodle is a must as it is usually a dog with good amounts of energy and a mind that needs to be challenged to be satisfied.
But how much exercise does a Labradoodle generally need?
A normal healthy adult Labradoodle requires around 1 hour of exercise each day.
If you have a less demanding labradoodle 45 minutes might be enough.
Or you might have an extremely active one, where up to 1.5 hours of exercise a day is needed.
But just letting your dog run around for 1.5 hours a day isn’t the best way to stimulate it.
Most people are good at giving their dogs physical challenges, but they often forget a very important thing in the progress.
The often overlooked exercise
As the old saying goes, “a dog is man’s best friend”. But is the opposite also the case?
When humans first started breeding dogs they were used for working every day.
They could be anything from guard dogs to hunting or tracking dog.
But no matter what they did there was one thing they had in common, dogs had a purpose with their lives, and they
A dogs’ life these days are something quite different than what they were not that long ago.
Most dogs no longer have the tasks that they used to, and what this means is that the typical working dogs no longer have their instincts and behavior stimulated naturally.
These days the vast majority are regular family dogs where all they have to do each day is eat and sleep.
This doesn’t really stimulate a dogs’ natural instincts.
Of course a lot of dog owners does a good job of stimulating their dogs both pysically and mentally, but the mental training is often overlooked.
Many dog owners has the mistaken idea that as long as a dog gets it’s food, sleep and physical exercise, they will get a happy and satisfied dog.
But dogs are intelligent animals. And a labradoodle is one of the smartest dogs, and they have a need for mental stimulation that are equal to their need for physical exercise.
Without the adequate amount of mental training, you will most likely never succeeding in getting a happy and satisfied dog, but will most likely end up with serious behavior problems.
Let me show you an example of why lack of mental stimulation could be a big problem.
If you frequently take your dog for long walks og hiking adventures, the dog will get it’s physical demands met pretty easily, and quite well.
But if you fail to challenge its mind, your labradoodle will end up feeling bored.
And I’m sure most dog owners can agree that a physically fit dog that is bored can prove to be a nightmare.
Instead of being able to eat a pillow when you’re not looking, it might be able to eat your entire couch instead.
Try to compare it to the needs of a human.
We all need a certain amount of physical exercise tokeep going, but most certainly we also need to be stimulated mentally.
We do that by either reading a book, watching a movie, solving a puzzle or just by sorrounding us with other humans.
What would happen if somebody told you to just go for a walk instead of watching a good movie?
Or to go hiking instead of having a nice dinner with great food and wine?
I’m pretty sure not a lot of people would think of that as an excellent alternative.
We need the socialization and the mental stimulation before we would call ourselves truly happy.
And that is the same thing when it comes to our dogs.
How to train and stimulate your dog
But what is the best way to train you dog both physically and mentally?
It really isn’t that difficult, and will most likely be just as healthy and fun for you as for your Labradoodle!
And it is really easy to combine the mental training with the physical training, and here is how you can do that.
Vary your dogs’ walks
A good routine would be to walk your dog 30 minutes each morning, and 20 minutes of a more intense walk in the afternoon.
Try mixing up the afternoon walk with different fetch games, or some hide-and-seek.
By chaning up you dogs’ daily walks you make sure that your Labradoodle gets the possibility to experience new smells and impressions.
This also gives the added element of surprise where the dog doesn’t already know if you’re going to go left or right as it would if it was the same old route every day.
All these things help stimulating your labradoodle both physcally and mentally.
Try bringing your dog to a busy area like the local supermarket or the parking lot of the nearest mall.
Try spending 10-15 minutes there before returning back home.
During this time your dog will recieve plenty of new impressions from smelling, hearing and seeing lots of new and interesting things.
This is an exceptionel way to train your dogs mind.
There might also be a pet store of some kind in your area where you could bring your dog.
Just make sure your dog doesn’t start checking out the “buffet” of treats!
Bring your dog with you
If you have to go for a short drive to fill up your car on gas, or going to buy that winning lottery-ticket, why not bring your dog?
For a human, a 10 minute drive might seem boring and something you just have to get done with, but for a dog this is a way to experience a world of new sounds and smells.
Try taking your dog out of the car and onto the parking lot, and allow it to go number one somewhere around there.
This also allows your labradoodle to leave a few interesting new smells for the next dog that might feel like stopping by.
So eventhough a Labradoodle has reasonably high exercise needs, following the advice above should give you some tips on how you can do it.
And at the same time I can almost guarentee that you will also end up as a healthier and happier person.
Just like your labradoodle.
If you’re looking for more ideas for mental training, check out the Brain Training For Dogs program by Adrienne Farricelli.
The program has a pretty unique way of looking at dog training, and especially the mental part.