There are so many ways you can keep your puppy fit besides just taking a walk. Your pet’s age, size, and breed should always be taken into account but there are plenty of things you can do to keep all dog breeds fit and healthy. You may even get some exercise along the way yourself. Let’s take a look at some creative (and not so creative) ways to improve the health and well being of your pup.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Going for a walk is, of course, the easiest way to make sure your pup is getting outside for fresh air and exercise. If you have a backyard, it’s tempting to let your pooch run around and skip putting on the leash and taking them for a walk yourself. But it’s really important to have this time with your dog to make sure it’s getting the exercise it needs as well as mental stimulation and entertainment. Plus, it’s an awesome way of bonding with your pup while getting exercise yourself, so there’s really no downside here.
Take a simple walk to the next level by taking your pup on a hike. Your dog will love being back in nature and experiencing different terrain, maybe even going for a swim if the weather’s warm. You always take a bottle of water for yourself when on a hike so you should do the same for your dog. Bring a leak-proof, portable water bottle, such as the Dog Water Bottle by MalsiPree or the PupFlask Portable Water Bottle by Tuff Pupper, which both have a built-in flask. Also, make sure you’re fully equipped with poop bags and make sure your dog has on a collar with an ID that includes contact information on the off chance that you get separated.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is not only a great way to keep dog owners fit, but fur babies, too. There are both dog-friendly beaches and pools that you can your pup to, so you certainly have options. Just make sure they are dog-friendly before you go. Not all dogs are natural swimmers so let your pup go at its own speed. Some dogs may just dip their feet in the water at first and gradually make their way up to swimming. They may never be a swimmer and might prefer to stay on the shore, splashing their feet around and sniffing at the water – and that’s okay! This is still a great way to get your pooch out of the house and expose them to new experiences. In time, they may decide to take the plunge.
Yes, this is a thing! There are dog yoga classes for you and your pet to take together and they’re great exercise. Not only does your dog get to socialize with other pups, but it’s also a great way for you two to bond while doing a fun physical activity. While this type of exercise focuses more on bonding and relaxation, it is still a great way to boost your dog’s spirits and change up its day-to-day activity, which is also key to keeping your pup healthy and happy.
Running up and down the stairs is a great way to encourage your dog to burn off some energy while also building muscle. Be careful not to overdo this, though, as it can become strenuous on the joints. Be extra careful if your dog has short legs. Even just using the stairs instead of the elevator to walk up a few flights with your pup is a great extra way to keep your dog lean and in shape. Plus, you get extra exercise at the same time.
Fetch isn’t just a game for your dog, it’s an effective form of exercise. Have you seen how exhausted a dog gets after a good long game of fetch? It doesn’t have to involve only running back and forth. Switch it up as much as you can and make sure you give them CBD dog treats that they deserve. Consider throwing the ball up or downhill to give your pup more of a challenge. If your dog’s a swimmer, throw it into the water. Changing up the toy that you throw makes a difference, too. After a good, long game of fetch, your pup will be so exhausted that it’ll sleep for hours!
While some aren’t too keen on the idea of putting a pup on the treadmill, they can be trained to safely use one quite quickly and it works to burn off excess energy. If you struggle with a dog that has a ton of energy, this may be a good idea to take the edge off. Don’t get us wrong, this is not a replacement for going for a good walk but it could be a good alternative, especially if the weather isn’t cooperating.
You can certainly take your dog to a proper agility course which will provide the added benefit of socializing with other dogs. But have you ever thought of making one yourself at home? Your dog can practice agility using a range of household items. Some of the most popular are hula hoops, ottomans, and anything else you don’t mind getting a little messy and full of hair when your dog learns to jump over/through it! This is a great way to keep your dog entertained while also keeping them in shape.
While there are a lot of effective ways to keep your fur baby fit and healthy, our list will help get you on the right track. No matter what type of exercise you decide to try with your pup, if you’re enthusiastic about it, your dog will be, too.
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