If there’s one thing your veterinarian never stops telling you, it’s that your dog needs his/her exercise! We all love our dogs and want what’s best for them, but sometimes we get sidetracked or have such a busy schedule that we aren’t able to take them out for their daily walk. Although letting them out in the backyard to run around and go to the bathroom is a must, wouldn’t you love to have a more exciting way to exercise your dogs that can be fun for you too? Keep reading to learn about ten awesome ways for your dog (and you) to get exercise and stay healthy.
Go on a run
Going on a run is a great way to break up the normal routine of taking a walk around the block or up the street. When you’re running, you’ll be able to cover more ground, your dog will get more exercise, and they’ll be able to explore more areas than they normally do. For us humans, running can be exhausting and after several weeks it’ll be difficult to maintain a good running schedule. However, your dog will always be enthusiastic about running, even when he/she is exhausted! Use their enthusiasm to get you up and going!
Typically, we don’t think of camping as a form of exercise. However, when we’re out camping, we’re most likely going to spend a lot more time going out and exploring the great outdoors. Many dog owners leave their pet home when they go camping fearing that the camp area won’t take kindly to pets or that they will be too much trouble. Next time, consider taking your furry friend. They’ll thank you for it, believe me!
Flyball is one of the most popular sports for dogs. This is an extremely high-energy sport that will test all of your dog’s physical capabilities including speed, agility, strength, and endurance. During a race, your dog will need to jump over hurdles and reach a ball that is taken back to the start. This is a relay race because once he/she makes it back to the start, the next dog runs to grab a ball. This sport is perfect for dog owners who want to get more serious about their dog’s health.
If you don’t want to get your dog involved in a competitive sport like flyball, making your own obstacle course is a fun alternative that’ll teach your dog some new tricks in the process. You can even use common household objects as obstacles, so this is a very cost-effective option for your dog to get exercise. If you’re having trouble getting them to go over obstacles, use treats to coax them!
Go on a hike
Hiking, like running, is a good way for your dog to experience new areas and smell new smells. Dogs certainly appreciate it when you make an effort to get them outside every day and exploring new places. Try going on a hike to a lake where your dog can practice his/her swimming or go down a new trail.
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If you’d like to learn more about exercise for your dog, be sure to read part two of this blog.