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    lilypi is offline Senior Member
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    Defaultan exercise question and a few pics!

    first, the "question". Hubby thinks that we're doing Maddox wrong by indulging his tennis ball obsession on a daily basis. he says "it can't be healthy for him to be that obsessed with his ball". I say...happy pooch, lots of exercise...what's the problem? he gets in about and hour of chuck-it a day during the week, more over the weekend. so...any reassurances for hubby? or am i actually wrong here?

    now the good stuff!

    sleepy boy after said chuck-it adventure:


    supervising tv installation:


    pretty pleasing for some pulled pork:
    Laura & Maddox

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    Cute pics. That's not a bad obsession. Mine are obsessed with bumpers. I have to stop because they would keep on going till they drop. I believe a tired lab is a good lab. I time mine & depending on the weather (hot), it may be much shorter.

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    Bean also loves fetching a tennis ball. Sometimes he gets into a "zone" where he's only focusing on the ball, then I make him slow down and make eye contact with me before the ball gets thrown. Other than that, it's great exercise.

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    I love the first pic - it almost looks like artwork - something about the lighting/shading, etc.

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    You should remind your husband that Maddox is a retriever. If he wants to stop throwing the tennis ball, he is going to have to start throwing a duck for him.
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    Dio LOVES to retrieve. If you have the chuck-it in hand, that's all he can focus on. I purposely don't bring it to the dog park since he will ignore every dog there. It helps with discipline and it bushes him out. We retrieve for 20-30 minutes a day within an hour-ish walk/jog.

    Tell your husband that not retrieving with a dog that loves to seems almost cruel...
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    I think this if fine,especially if he is tired out. I wouldntnworry.

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    The exercise can't hurt. Labs tend to put on weight and they require a great deal of exercise. Just be careful on hot days. Enjoy the forums.
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    Well...tell your husband they don't call the Labrador "Retrievers" for nothing! It is second nature to them.
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