Exercise is beneficial to you and to your dog. We explore 8 different ways to exercise with your dog.
- It’s the obvious one to start with, take your dog with you on a run. Keep in mind that the run is about your dog and not about you. If it is a very hot day, schedule the run for early morning or late afternoon when it is cooler. Stop with your dog and let him have a sniff or three. Plan to run where your dog can stop for a drink of water or take water with you. Unless your dog is a breed that can run long distances, don’t go further than your dog can handle.
- Take your dog to the park and engage in a enthusiastic game of fetch. Get your exercise in by racing your dog to the ball or stick. Should your dog be of “you threw it, you get it” mindset, get creative and encourage your dog to follow you as you fetch.
- Play like a dog. Get down on all fours and chase your dog, let your dog chase you and play as if you were a dog.Try it for a few minutes and feel that heart rate increase.
- Don’t neglect exercising the mind. Challenge yourself to teach your dog a new trick. It’s good for both of you to keep the brain active and challenged in new ways.
- Hide and go seek. Why not set up a treat hunt for your dog? Get your exercise in walking around and hiding treats for your dog. Let her loose and encourage her to find the treats you hid away.
- Squat and catch! Complete your squats and lunges and keep your dog busy at the same time. You can hold a favourite toy for your dog to reach as you squat. Or you can throw the toy and challenge yourself to complete a certain amount of squats your dog brings the toy back.
- Tag! You’re it! Remember the old childhood game of Tag? Have fun recreating this game with your dog. Focus on the exercise aspect and don’t be afraid to run, run, run.
- Stair master time. Run up and down the stairs with your dog. You’ll be focused on staying your feet while you tone those legs.
Remember to keep fresh water available for your dog and yourself. Always exercise responsibly.