With Spring just over 4 weeks away, now is a great time to start getting in shape with your dog in preparation for t-shirt weather.
To get motivated, why not mix up your walking and running routine with some of our fun exercise ideas below!
Teaching your dog to fetch a ball is great exercise for them and something they’ll always enjoy. Once you’ve done that, why not take it a step further and get them to fetch your frisbee by catching and returning it? They’ll enjoy the challenge and you’ll be surprised at their coordination! Make sure you get yourself a treat pouch to reward them for their efforts.You can even participate in competitions if you want to take it to the next level.
Use your creativity and build an obstacle course (or find one at a dedicated dog park in your area that has ladders, hurdles and tunnels). Teach them to navigate the course while you run alongside them offering praise, encouragement (and of course, treats for good performance)!
If your dog is properly trained, rollerblading with them can be both safe and great fun. But if they’re not, it can be dangerous. Your dog should be capable of running beside you without ever pulling on their lead. Investing in a good harness is a good idea to ensure they’re comfortable.
Believe it or not, some dogs love soccer (especially herding breeds like cattle dogs). They can dribble with their nose or paws and have lots of fun doing it. You can have fun with them and get your own heart rate up at the same time as you race them for the ball!
You can have plenty of fun in a pool and it’s a great way to keep cool in summer. Swimming is also low-impact and easy on the joints, so it’s great for dogs (and people) of all ages, including those with arthritis.
But not all dogs enjoy swimming, especially breeds with short legs. Make sure you start slowly with any type of dog when you introduce them to the water. Use toys or treats to encourage them. They can even have their own towel!
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