Just like humans, animals need regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight and good general fitness. While daily walks are a great start, expanding your dog’s fitness routine is a wonderful way to keep your canine physically and mentally active and engaged. Keep reading to discover a few fun exercise ideas you can try out with your dog for improved health and happiness.
Take a Jog
If you enjoy jogging, your dog may enjoy jogging with you. The key to a successful jogging outing with your dog is to let your pet take the lead—rather than aiming for a set distance or time spent exercising, follow your dog’s wishes in terms of pace and duration. You can even let your pet determine your path in a familiar and safe area for added fun. Regardless of your route, always let your dog slow down, rest, explore, and play along the way to ensure he stays comfortable and engaged throughout your time spent together.
Fetch is a classic game that requires speed, skill, and coordination. Playing fetch is a great way to engage and exercise your dog, but consider the benefits of upping the ante by moving around yourself in between throws. Try throwing a ball or Frisbee for your dog, then jogging to a different location while he brings it back. Other options to spice up this game include offering various objects to fetch, such as balls, sticks, discs, and plush toys; you may also consider adding hurdles, obstacles, or even a small wading pool to help your pet stay cool on a hot day.
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