Physical effort

I often get asked about the amount of exercise needed by Australian Labradoodles. Families wonder how much exercise this breed needs and whether they will be able to meet their demands. Labradoodles are primarily family dogs. They love to spend time with their owners. Whether it's a walk, amateur exercises or advanced training - they will be happy with it. Just be close.
Some run with their dogs, some use them for dog therapy, others practice mantrailing or nosework as a hobby.
This is not a dog breed that needs to run, chase the ball with sticks. Of course, if we teach such behavior from a small age, Labradoodle will want such activities in the future. If we awake a passion for an in-kind contribution, he will want more and more.

The question is - what dog do we want to have? If we want a nice, peaceful family dog who participates in our life, goes on vacation with us, is friendly and does not need a challenging amount of movement, we should remember from the very beginning "What John does not learn, this John will not be able to" - literally .

For example, if we take a puppy in the belief that this is the right moment, because now we have a large garden. Half a day we will leave him alone in this garden (such ideas were why I write about them), then he will make friends with escaping cats, birds, passers-by, dogs from behind the fence. Not necessarily in a positive sense. That is, it can chase birds, cats, dig holes, bark out of frustration at passers-by, or other dogs on the other side of the fence. And look, you wanted a family dog and what? The breeder has sold you a guard dog - what a dishonest type!

Another example

You get a nice puppy, with an exceptional therapeutic temperament. Balls, sticks are immediately in motion (we develop the instinct of chasing nicely), excited children chasing your puppy. Then you take your toddler to pick up the kids from school. There they all pounce on him, everyone wants to stroke him. Puppy loves it, jumps on his lap, licks faces - oh how wonderful! Then the puppy grows up, has 25 kg and does not understand that jumping is no longer allowed, because it is rude. Everyone says he's a bad dog, he has ADHD. They want to take him to a behaviorist, but he hasn't changed a bit - he's just grown a little. He has learned to live on the adrenaline high and now of course he needs three times as much, but it's not his fault - he just wants YOUR attention. You tell him to change, and yet how to wean someone from cycling if the right path has already been etched in the brain? Can be? tell yourself? And again a dishonest breeder sold you a dog for some sport, frisbee. And YOU trusted him so much!

I always tell every new family. The need for moderation. First of all, the dog has a nose, created to use it. Walking around sniffing gives him a lot of fun. Training in this direction is a luxury and I can see how happy and calm my dogs are after such exercises. Mental training is great too. It is not necessary to throw this stick over and over again. But you already learn to bring things that you can and it's a great thing. Dogs are happy about that. They are happy when they can spend time with you in this way.
After exciting activity, give the dog something to chew - frozen bone, carrot, pickled cucumber or KONGA licking. By throwing and licking in the brain, endorphins are released - happiness hormones. The dog calms down and calms down after an activity that has raised the level of adrenaline in the blood. Our dogs even need up to an hour of chewing per day. By the way, high levels of adrenaline in the blood can persist for up to a week. What do you think dogs are under his influence?

And jogging - when to start?

Keeping all of the above in mind, you must also take into account the puppy's skeleton, which must be developed properly. Even the best hips can be damaged by excessive activity in the puppy age - jumping up behind the ball, jumping off the sofa, etc.
Each bone has a cartilage that is not attached to it. There is a goo between her and the bone. In medium-sized dogs, cartilage sticks to bones at around 14 months of age. Until then, I always suggest that you be careful and not start jogging with Pancie. The risk is that this cartilage slips differently. And this is not a breed defect, it can happen to any dog. That's why I have shivers when I see two dudle unleashed, bumping into each other in amok of fun. I just know what the bagpipes are on a fun high, they don't look at anything - a tree, people nearby, barriers, not to mention cars and the street. By limiting them such silly activities to a certain age, we do not make cripples of them at all, as I once read on someone's FB profile (by the way, a friend). You also need to know the breed a little and be able to predict certain behaviors, I am not talking about knowing your own dog.

A brief summary

To sum up when it comes to activity, the bagpipes do not need running and one-hour walks. Moderate movement and sniffing walks are best for them. They will be very happy with the exercises and trainings with their owner and leave jogging to them for later.