We all know exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. And just as exercise is important for us, it’s just as important for our dogs too. While we usually go to the gym or take fitness classes as our form of exercise, why not switch it up and have your dog join in too? Doing activities with them outside of a normal walk can help give them the physical and mental exercise they need each day.
Aside from the physical and mental health benefits, working out with your dog can help increase your motivation to exercise and strengthen the bond you share with your dog. Here are a few exercises you can start doing with your dog.
Running is a great way to up the intensity of your daily walks with your pup. Start by warming up with a brisk five-minute walk, then slowly start to pick up your pace. If you’re new to running, try jogging in increments so you can build up your stamina. Running isn’t for everyone and it’s definitely not for every kind of dog breed. Always check in with your vet to make sure your dog is physically equipped to go on runs.
To help make the run easier, try investing in a waist leash so your hands, arms and shoulders don’t experience any strain from holding your dog on a regular leash. You’ll also want to make sure you have the right pair of running shoes and have extra water for you and your dog.
Hiking is a great way to change up the scenery and enjoy the outdoors. Before going on a hike, always check the park or trail you plan on going to ensure it’s safe and pet-friendly. As you go on your hike, be mindful of hot or uneven surfaces that could cause harm to your dog’s paws.
Make sure you’re always following the National Parks B.A.R.K rule:
- Bag your pet’s waste
- Always leash your pet
- Respect wildlife
- Know where you can go
For more workout ideas for your and your furry friend as well as tips for staying safe while working out with your dog, check out the infographic guide below.