No Time to Go Out? Fun Pet Activities You Can Do In Your Own Backyard

I don’t think that I can ever emphasize enough how much a Labrador Retriever needs their exercise. My mother had a labrador retriever when she was young and she showed me photos of before and after she was tasked to care for it. You see, her dog, named Max wasn’t very active. Her parents were not big fans of going out for walks or talking the dog out for a drive.

This resulted with Max becoming quite fat from all the eating but no exercise. When my mother was given the task of caring for Max, she was still pretty young and of course wasn’t allowed to go out for walks by herself. She had to be rather creative in the ways that she could exercise Max out. While they couldn’t go out for walks, they did have a backyard and that’s where my mom’s creativity kicked in.

I start today’s article with this background because this is going to be our topic! As an adult, I know now that life can be pretty busy and it will be the pets that will be the first to suffer. So I asked my mother to share the activities that used to do with Max in their backyard, other than enjoying rides in luxury vehicles rented from Here are some of her answers:


My mother emphasized that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. All that was needed was for the dog to be active aka running around. Labs were bred to be retrievers of their owner’s kills out in the field. My mother tapped into that and got Max used to this Frisbee that she had. Once Max was comfortable with the toy, they proceeded to play fetch at least 20 minutes per day.

Tug of War

To be honest, I was rather skeptical about this one. While I can see why tug of war would be a good exercise, wouldn’t that also teach the dog aggression? According to my mother, not so much! In fact, she used the act of playing tug of war with Max as a rather teachable moment. She taught him to understand the command to release his bite on the ratty old fabric when told.

She also clarified that her mistake at the beginning was letting Max grab hold of the fabric first. She made sure to correct that so that her dog would understand right away if my mother wanted to play tug of war and when she didn’t.

In Conclusion

Exercising a lab isn’t that hard nor should it cost you any money (at least not as expensive as it would be to rent a sports car in London). All your lab needs is some dedicated time from you to give them something to do. Never forget that these are activities that you can do in your backyard. If you do not have a backyard, fetch should be out of the question unless you can bring them somewhere spacious.

Tug of war should be doable. Never forget that if your dog is obese, that is your fault. Do a very thorough analysis of how you are raising your pet.

What activities do you do with your pet in your backyards?

Travelling Soon? How to Travel With Your Furry Buddy!

Travelling can be one of the most stressful things that we can do—if you do it incorrectly, that is. It can be quite bad enough just going by yourself but if you add other people and even a pet into the scenario it can be one big mess waiting to happen. This is why it would be critical for anyone who is aiming to travel with their fur baby to learn what it takes to travel well with a pet—especially with a dog as hefty as a labrador retriever.

Over Land

If you are planning on taking your fur kid on an extended Roadtrip, there are a few pointers you need to keep in mind at all times:

Train your dog to ride a car months beforehand

If you have your own vehicle, you can get them comfortable in the car first. Just make sure that their bladders are empty before you put them in. You do not need to actually drive around; you only need to put them in there with you to get them acclimatized. Once they are comfortable, take short drives and gradually increase the duration.

Just remember to make sure that they go before the ride and that they have empty tummies. You wouldn’t want sic all over your upholstery.

Plan pit stops into the driving route

Dogs can get pretty anxious once in a moving car. It would be in everyone’s best interest if there are very specific pit stops built into the driving plan. A pit stop every three to five hours of driving would be ideal. It will give the dog a chance to relieve themselves and gather their bearings.

Via Air

Air travel is one of the fastest ways to cover large distances. However, they can come will a lot of to-do lists so you’d best read up on what’s necessary. Like:

A clean bill of health

Visit your vet to have your fur kid checked out. CDC and Animal Control will never allow an animal on a plane without a clean bill of health. So have your doctor give his go-signal and nurse those documents because you will be asked to present them.

While you’re at it, ask for any medication that you can give your pet to help them with anxiety from being put in the luggage area.

A dog crate that has suitable locks

Your dog’s safety and security is very important. You need to get a rather large dog crate if you want to transport a fully grown labrador retriever. Make sure that they have ample water and treats in there. Things can be quite scary so make sure that they have their comfort toy.

In Conclusion

Travelling does not have to be a complete hassle. When you do reach your destination, try to make sure that the accommodations you’ve chosen are pet-friendly. The last thing that you would want is to be turned away from your hotel simply because you have your dog with you.

What other tips do you subscribe to when it comes to travelling with a pet?

Knowing Is the First Step: What You Should Know About Labrador Retrievers

Hello and welcome to the first ever post of Wind Dreamer! If you do not know by know, this blog is wholly dedicated to anything and everything about the dog breed Labrador Retriever. This particular breed of dog is arguably one of the most popular dog breeds that are chosen to be house pets and even service animals. If you are lucky enough to have one in your life or are planning to bring one home, it would be important for you to find out more about the breed.

In light of this, I wanted to discuss some core points that are necessary knowledge for anyone who is interested in this particular dog breed.

Medium to Large in Size

Labs are blocky dogs. Depending on their progenitors, they can be rather large in size and quite hefty if they don’t get the exercise that they need.

Highly Active

They name retriever isn’t there simply because it sounds good. They used to be primarily work dogs. They used to help farmers maintain their herds of sheep. When the nobility and higher crusts of society realized how easy it is to train Labradors and how intelligent they are, they were used for retrieving wildlife that had been shot.

Therefore, a lab will need a lot of space to be able to run around and get any excess energy out. So if you are living in an apartment and are considering a Lab as a pet, this might not be a good situation to enter into.

Highly Social

Labs are very social creatures. They do not do well in isolation and will need a lot of affection. Usually labs are best in groups. However, considering their size, they make do with the companionship that is given by their owners.


Given the size and heft that labs grow to be, they can often be prone to hip injuries or even knee complaints. They are also prone to developing deafness and eye problems later in life.

If they do not get suitable exercise, they can get obese rather easily. When cared for suitably, labs can live up to nearly 20 years.

In Conclusion

Knowing the breed’s ins and outs is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be able to care for it sufficiently. There have been far too many horror stories of pet owners that do not realize the work and effort that it takes to care for a large dog. There have been too many loving dogs that have been given up or abandoned simply because the owner was not aware of how to handle the breed and its needs.

Let us not add to this any further. A lab, if you take care of it properly, is one of the best sorts of breeds that you can have. Labs are highly trainable and truly friendly creatures. This is only a few of the many reasons why they are good pets to have in life. What else do you think people should know about this particular dog breed?