Exercise is one of those topics that have been written about over and over again. When we come across a new blog or report telling us to exercise our dogs, we often ignore it, right?
We won't lecture you on exercising with your dog. You already know to do that! Instead, we want to give you some inspiration and ideas for exercising with your dog.
First, what is your favorite form of exercise? No, E-Sports does NOT count! Dogs are very versatile and can be your partner in tons of exercises. Sure, your dog might not kayak with you, nor should they be too close when you are lifting weights. But, you can run with your dog. You can also swim, walk, and hike. Do you like to run track, possibly hurdles? Set up some hurdles that your dog will be able to jump over next to yours. Do you like to go exploring around the city? Take your dog with you! Does your dog have some friends of their own at the park? Go for a jog with your dog down to the dog park so they can play with their friends.
To keep your dog healthy, play gently with them to promote their social and physical well-being. Dogs often playfully wrestle with each other during their games. Wrestling will be a great way to teach your dog to not get too rough when playing with other people and dogs. It is also a great way to build a playful relationship with your dog.
Are you not that into exercise, or maybe can’t exercise? There are plenty of things to do to keep your dog active with minimal effort from you. Tossing around a ball, Frisbee, stick, or other various objects is always fun for your dog to do. Fetch is a great option for those of you who are caught up in a really great blog or book right now!
Then there is always the issue of not having enough time. Whether you work long hours, have other social commitments, family is taking up a lot of time, maybe you have kids. Whatever the issue is, there are times when you do not have the time to exercise your dog. That's where awesome companies like GR Dog Adventures can help. GR Dog Adventures is not your typical dog walking company. Instead, they will take your dog for a simple walk, up to a jog, run, or hike! Companies like this are popping up all over the U.S. You can easily find many options in your area by searching on Google.
Exercise is just as important to overall health as a healthy diet. Make sure you feed your dog good food and give them enough exercise. Speak with your dog's vet and your doctor before starting any exercise routine. That’s enough reading for right now, so get outside and go for a walk with your dog!
PS: when you get back from exercising with your dog, give them a nutritious snack! (Link “Nutritious snack” to our treat page)
Did we miss anything? Do you have something you want to add? Tell us in the comments below. We want to hear from you! What is your favorite way to exercise with your dog?