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6 Activities You Can Do with Your Dog to Stay Active

by Mia Morales 3 years ago in dog
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Keeping Your Dog Active

Staying active with your dog is a great way to keep you and your dog in great shape. There are many activities that you can do with your pet that will help you both burn calories and get fit. Staying active will help your dog avoid obesity and other serious problems. Keep reading on for six activities that can help you and your pet to stay active.

1. Going Hiking or Walking

Taking your dog for a walk several times a day is a great idea to keep you both fit. You should walk around for at least 20 to 30 minutes for optimal benefits. If you are walking faster, and add a longer time to your walk, you should burn more calories for both you and your dog. Another option to do with your pet is to go on a hike. There are many hiking trails that are friendly for dogs that can allow you and your pooch to have a great time while enjoying the scenery and burning calories. Remember to check the trails to make sure they are safe for dogs.

2. Swimming with Your Dog

A swimming pool will be a great help to both you and your dog. As your dog ages, they may not be able to walk as far or run as far. Having a pool for them is a great way to allow them to get exercise and be comfortable. Many dogs, especially those that are old and arthritic, can benefit from small exercises in the pool. Even young dogs will love the pool and get the exercise they need. Plus, you will get benefits from the pool as well. The pool can help humans with issues like arthritis and chronic pain. Consider calling Las Vegas swimming pool contractors to install a pool for you. You can choose from a broad variety of pools including small and large.

3. Playing Fetch

All dogs love to play fetch. This is because the dog’s natural instinct is to chase, and when they do chase a ball or frisbee, they feel like they are doing what they should be doing. Make sure to give your dog a reward every time they bring the ball back, and they will keep going back and forth to get the toy. This will help you to exercise by moving around and using your arms, and it will help your pet to exercise as it will have them running and jumping.

4. Tug-of-War with Your Dog

Tug-of-war is a great way to get your pet moving around. If you want to skip weight training at the gym, you can do this with your dog simply by playing tug-of-war. You will need to find a very strong rope or a very strong toy that your dog can play with. It is important that you use a tug-of-war toy that keeps your hand away from your dog’s mouth. Practice playing tug-of-war with your dog for as long as you can to help encourage their strengths as well as yours.

5. Stair Climbing

If you wish to maximize the cardio workout, both you and your dog, you may want to try stair climbing. All you will need to do is find a safe staircase and climb the stairs with your pet. Look for a harness to ensure that your pet is balanced when climbing up the stairs. Do these stair climbs for as long as you can to ensure that you get the cardio workout that you need.

6. Running

If you like to run, consider running with your dog. If you have a local track in your area that you can take yourself and your pet, look into doing so. Your pet will love to run as they will think they are chasing something, and their health will improve as will yours. Remember to take breaks as you do not want to wear your dog out. Also, take frequent water breaks, for you and your pet.

Taking the time to exercise with your dog will help your dog live a better and healthier life. It may even extend their lifespan, letting them live longer than expected. Exercising with your dog will also have you exercising, and will encourage you to exercise more often. Once you get your dog started on a routine, they will be more than likely to make sure that they do that routine everyday. Consider getting active with your dog today. Try all the things listed above to help improve your health and the health of your pet.

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