Did you know that being a dog owner can make you healthier and give you a longer life? Our canine friends help to lower stress, anxiety, and even blood pressure. Obviously, you want to return the favor and make your dog’s life as long and healthy as you can. Dogs need exercise to be healthy. So do you. Why not exercise together? Here are some ideas.
Walk or Run
It’s a great form of exercise for you and your dog. Plus it is a great time to talk with your spouse! If you have a dog that likes to stop frequently and sniff everything in sight, though, this may not be as beneficial to you as it is for her, but it’s still a lot of fun. Walking or running is natural and easy for both of you. Keep in mind that your dog doesn’t wear sneakers, and hot pavement or walking through the woods might damage the pads on his feet. Be sure to find somewhere clean and clear to exercise, and if you’re in a public place, keep your dog on a leash so that he doesn’t get into trouble.
If you live near a river or a stream, or even if you have your own pool, you and your pooch will have a great time swimming together. Swimming is low-impact, so it’s easy on your joints and hers. Be careful with short-legged dogs, though – they’re often not good swimmers and they can get tired out easily.
Frisbee, Fetch, ball, and other games where your dog can chase things will get both of your hearts pumping. Put some extra effort into jumping when you throw or even chase the toy with her. You’ll both enjoy the game and get a healthy workout in. Again, be careful where you are throwing – it’s very easy for a dog to get overly excited and run in front of a car after a toy.
If you live near an obedience course, this can be extra fun for both of you. Run and jump over the hurdles with your dog and you’ll both feel the burn. You never know – your old dog may even teach you some new tricks!
Keep in mind that dogs are a lot like humans – they need to build up to an exercise routine. Don’t expect your dog to run a marathon with you if he’s never left the yard. Make sure you’re both well hydrated, take the proper precautions, and you’ll both be on your way to being the healthiest dog and owners in the dog park!
How do you exercise with your pet?