Dogs need exercise for their physical health and mental well-being. Each dog has different exercise needs, but Labradoodles generally need an hour of physical activity every day. Good options include running, playing a good game of fetch, taking a long walk, or jogging or biking with your dog.
Exercise paramount for your dog’s health, but it’s good for the human-dog bond, too
If your dog has any pre-existing health issues, discuss your dog’s exercise regimen with your vet. Talk to him or her about what type of physical activity is appropriate at your dog’s age and joint condition. Some exercises can actually harm developing joints.
When exercising your dog, remember:
- If your dog is still growing, do not take him or her for long jogs, and definitely do not take him or her with you for a run. Developing joints can be harmed by repetitive motion on hard surfaces.
- Avoid exercising in extreme heat. If you plan to take water along for you, remember that your dog will need water, too.
- If your dog seems tired, discontinue what you are doing and allow him or her to rest.
For more information on Care of Your Doodle, visit the Australian Labradoodle Association of America site.