Want to stay in shape with your dog? Keeping up with a workout routine can be difficult, but the company of a canine companion can make it much more doable. Who knows? You and your four-legged friend might even have fun while breaking a sweat.
Here are some easy workouts you can do with your dog, either at home or outdoors.
1. Run with your dog
Feeling energetic? In addition to being a fun way to bond with your dog, running is a great way to tire out both yourself and your pup. Check out our top tips for running with your dog, and always check with your veterinarian before starting a running routine.
2. Visit a park
When getting in shape with your pup, there’s no better place to be than a park. The number of exercise opportunities in grassy fields are endless, and they act as a perfect bonding space for you and your dog. Soccer, fetch, and tug-of-war are just a few of the workouts you can do with your dog in the park.
3. Climb stairs
Who doesn’t get a little winded when trekking up a flight or two? Climbing stairs with your pup is a workout that requires no planning or equipment. All you need is a flight of stairs, your running shoes, and the support of your furry friend.
4. Try water sports
Does your dog love to splash around in the water? Swimming provides an intense (and fun) workout that cools you off while you break a sweat. There are other water-based workouts you can do with your dog, besides swimming. Between stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, a day spent on the water will guarantee some panting from both you and your pup. Remember to bring a canine life jacket with you when trying water sports, and never leave your dog unattended in the water. Learn more with these summer safety tips.
5. Wall sits
If you’re looking for toning tips that your pup can participate in, search no further. Have your dog sit in front of you. Standing with your back pressed against a wall and your feet resting shoulder-length apart, lower yourself and walk your feet out. For extra resistance, place your dog’s paws on your knees. This is a great way to work on your fitness, while also spending time with your pup, according to PetMD.
6. Hide-and-seek squat
Take a normal squat, but make it fun! There’s a way to make this daunting exercise more enjoyable, thanks to a workout designed by Shape. Face your dog with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. With their favorite toy in your hand, squat and pass the toy under your leg to your other hand. Have your pup try to find the toy (maybe give it a little squeak) and then stand back up. Repeat this to get a fun workout in for you and your dog.
Getting a workout in with your dog can be as easy as riding a bike—literally! Running alongside your bike can be a great fitness option for those dogs who are avid runners. For those who prefer an outdoor activity that requires a little less effort, bicycle baskets are an easy way to include your dog in your workout.
Rollerblading is great exercise and can be a fun adventure for you and your dog. Start slowly on a wide, paved path, and be careful not to trip over your dog while you’re rollerblading. Remember that activities like rollerblading require some basic training first. It may take some time to build up to rollerblading successfully with your dog. Bring on the blades!
Getting enough exercise is an important part of helping dogs stay physically fit. Learn how a GPS collar can help, or find out the recommended amount of physical activity a dog should have according to their age and size.
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