Thursday, December 03, 2009

How to Make Your Labrador Retriever Happier

Here's a wonderful article for the readers of All About Labradors to help in making your Labrador Retriever happier. It has some nice tips and you are all welcome to help contribute further tips to this article.

Do you love your lab? Show your dog friend that you care!


Play fetch with a tennis ball. You can often get them free from around tennis courts. Some labs won't bring the ball back to you without being trained to do it.

Get your lab in the water. They may like boating, chasing fish, and swimming. Know your dog's preferences about water before assuming they will like it or not. You can also get them a little backyard swimming pool or watering trough to dunk in during play.

Give your dog a chance to run. Most labs have bolts of energy so you might want a big chunk of land. Or, you can take them to an off-leash dog-park every couple of days. If there's any water there, bring a towel.

Train your lab. This breed does very well with training. Enroll in a class together.

Consider agility training for you and your lab. While they may not be the fastest dogs, they usually do quite well. It will make them mentally alert, eager to please, and fun exercise.

Walk your dog EVERYDAY! Even if it's just a 15 minute walk, dogs need it!


  • Make sure to have a lot of time and attention for your lab, or else they'll get bored and depressed!

  • You don't need lots of expensive toys to keep a lab happy. A few tennis balls, some things to chew on (cow hooves are good), and quality time with you is what matters to them.

  • Make sure that you watch your dog closely if you give it rawhides to chew on. They will also need to have water readily available. You may notice that rawhides will make your Labrador gassy.


  • Have a fenced in yard so they don't run away.

  • Never let your lab run free in a place where vehicles are around. That can be quite dangerous.

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