Best Ways to Exercise with Your Pet
Spring and summer offer golden opportunities to enjoy fresh air and sunshine with your canine companion. Like people, dogs need daily exercise to stay healthy and fit. Exercise lets your pup blow off steam which will curb feisty and destructive behavior in the house. Exercising together also gives you valuable bonding time that can draw you closer to your beloved dog. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors with your pup.
Walking is a great way to stay healthy and fit for both you and your pup. There’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine early in the morning and at day’s end to give you a positive perspective on life. By varying your pace and route, you can keep your walking routines interesting and fun.
If you’re looking for a more stimulating workout, try hiking with your dog. A good hike in the backcountry or surrounding mountains will lift your spirit as you work out your body. As hiking can take you away from civilization, take plenty of water, wear the right clothing and carry first aid supplies. Start off with short hikes to build stamina before attempting longer treks and make sure your pet has an I.D. tag in case they get lost.
Like hiking, it’s important to ease your pup into running to help them get in shape before going on full scale runs. If you’re running on the road, keep your pet on a short leash to protect them from traffic. Always warm up by walking first and make sure your pup goes potty. By experimenting with running times, pace and routes, you can add variety to your runs and make it more challenging for both you and your canine partner.
Yoga, aka “Doga”
“Doga” is nothing more than incorporating your pet into your yoga routine – like practicing stretching or quiet poses indoors with your pup by your side. Doga lets you spend more time with your pup doing what you love.
Doggy Exercise Do’s and Don’ts
- Cater exercise routines to your pet’s age, physical condition and breed for maximum fun and fitness.
- Exercise during the cool of the day to avoid heat stroke and sunburn.
- Warm up with your pup before undertaking strenuous workouts to avoid accidents.
- Watch for signs that your pup is tired and needs to rest, so they don’t overdo it.
- Stay hydrated and reward your pup with a healthy doggy treat at the end of every exercise session for a job well done.
- Force your dog to exert themselves above what they're able.
- Neglect flea and tick protection now that you're both spending more time outdoors.
Before starting an exercise regimen with your pup, have your dog checked by our vet to make sure they're in good health and vaccinations are up to date. Call 859-581-5200 to schedule an appointment with Park Hills Animal Hospital today.