With the smell of spring in the air, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of a few exercise you can do with your dog. Your canine friend can be a great motivating personal trainer. Exercising with your dog can be highly motivating and rewarding. Find time about 3-4 days a week to play or exercise with you canine friend, and you will find that both of you will lose a little weight and gain a lot of energy.
Jogging or walking can work well for both of you––note that some breeds are better suited to running than others. Dogs with a lean build, deep chest and long muzzle tend to be best for running. Also, don't run with a dog until his skeleton is mature; prior to that, damage could occur.
Swimming is excellent for water loving dogs such as an Irish Water Spaniel. Swim a few laps with your pal. Keep an eye on your dog throughout the swim to ensure he isn’t struggling or having trouble while in the water. This is a good exercise for dogs with joint problems. However swimming is not for all dogs. If your dog does not feel comfortable in the water, don't put them in.
A slow bike ride with your dog by your side is a great way to help your dog expend some pent up energy. Keep an eye on your dog throughout the entire ride. Your dog is expending considerably more energy than you. Look for telltale signs that he/she is tired. Also be sure to take breaks for your dog as they need.
“Doga.” This is a portmanteau of yoga and dog–– it’s yoga with your dog. If there isn't a class in your area, check out instructional videos on YouTube and the rest of the web.
Dog games such as tug and fetch can be excellent exercise for your dog, but can be very uneventful for you. You can’t expect to raise your heart rate when Fido keeps bringing the ball back to you.