What better way to exercise than with your dog? There are fun ways to get your exercise in all while including your dog. Here are some ideas!
Walk Your Dog A New Way
I’ll bet you are already taking your dog on a walk but how about considering a new twist on your traditional walk? This is what I call a super-powered workout. Follow your dog wherever they want to go, within reason of course, or build in a quick sprint interval every block or so to change up the pace. Set a distance walking goal or a time goal in minutes and increase the goal each week. You can also add in some hills for interval training.
Go For A Swim
What about some dog-aquatics? Look for a dog friendly lake or swimming pool, making sure first that your dog knows how to swim. If you’re swimming in a pool with chlorine, you should always rinse your pet off with clean water afterward. Chlorine could cause eye, nose or ear irritation for dogs. If swimming in natural water, make sure the water is warm enough for your dog to swim. You may also need additional safety gear for your dog to be able to swim safely.
Ride A Bike Together
Yes, it is possible to bike with your dog. They sell bike leashes to make this possible or your furry friend may be happier in a bike trailer riding along beside you.
Go On A Hike
Take advantage of living near natural beauty. Hike through valleys, mountains and trails to get in some workouts and also view beautiful scenery along the way. Make sure the area allows dogs and is safe for your dog before you head out. Always keep your dog on a leash and obey all posted rules. Take essential items for you and your dog, such as water, snacks, ID tags and a first aid kit.
Try Jogging Together
There’s nothing better to get your blood pumping than a jog. Set a speed or distance goal to help increase your dog’s stamina. You’ll want to avoid running in hot temperatures and be sure to always provide plenty of water. Check your dog’s paws for any irritation and allow time to stop and sniff around.
Fetch or Tug-A-War
Use your dog’s favorite squeaky toy to have some fun with a game of fetch. Mix it up and play chase with your dog too. Allowing your dog to chase after you to get their favorite toy. When your dog tires of fetch, consider a game of tug-a-war. This gives your dog a good workout and allows the two of you to have some fun together.
Try A Dog Park
If you have a social dog who plays well with others, take them to a dog park for socialization and play time. It’s a great way to burn excess energy while having fun with other furry friends. Monitor your dog’s body language while playing to make sure everything is under control and your dog is not overwhelmed. If all goes well, you may want to schedule future play dates with the other dog parents.
Moderation Is Key
Don’t overdo it! Remember that moderation and consistency are key to developing a healthy routine while exercising with your dog. Start slow and build up graduadual. This will help in avoiding injuries. Take into consideration your dog’s age and health when deciding on a work out routine. Set reasonable goals based on this and your time and energy. Be responsible and stick to it. Most of all, have fun while you and your dog get moving!