Walks play an important role in a Labrador Retriever’s life and have many different benefits.
Walking your Labrador has many benefits
The number one reason to walk your Lab on a daily basis is because they’ll get extremely restless otherwise. Without sufficient exercise, a Lab can really become a problem. They can tear into furniture, run around the house like crazy and, if you’re at home, be extremely bothersome.
Since most people are away at work during the day, it can be difficult to find time to walk your Lab. During the week, the best time to take your Labrador Retriever for a walk is in the evening after work. Walking your dog is actually a good way to wind down after a long day. It also greatly strengthens the bond between you and your Lab.
Walking is part of training your Lab puppy
If your Lab is still a puppy, it’s important to take them for walks regularly since walking is actually part of their training. How is it part of their training? Well, learning how to behave in any environment, walking on a leash and learning the “heel” command can all be taught while walking.
Lab collars and leashes – how to choose?
There are many different kinds of collars and leashes available. But what leash and collar should you buy for your Labrador? That depends on a few things.
First, let’s talk about leashes. Standard leashes are the most popular choice for walking. However, retractable leashes are also available. Some people prefer to use retractable leashes during training because they can let the dog walk away from them without losing control. Long, retractable leashes are also great for teaching a dog the “come” command.
When it comes to collars, there’s a lot of controversy. Some say, a standard collar is best for casual walks but make sure it has a metal buckle since Labrador Retrievers tend to be strong dogs. And some say, a harness is another option, but others say it can pull on their shoulders which could be detrimental. Above all, we wouldn’t recommend a choke collar since it can put too much pressure on their windpipe – basically choking them. And a pinch collar, which looks torturous but is actually very effective, should be used only for training.
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams