Choosing the kind of workout activities you like and ensuring your pet gets the much-needed exercise from it is important for your dog in order to boost their immunity, prevent various health complications, help them maintain a healthy weight by keeping them active, healthy and fit even into their old age. Also for humans, having a workout partner is one way to achieve massive success when it comes to staying fit, but who says that work out partner as to be a human or that you can’t turn the exercise routine into play time.
To help you achieve this, we have gone ahead to research and round up some of the best fun exercise routines you can apply to help keep both you and your pet healthy and active. However, taking your time to gradually introduce your pet to whichever new exercise program you choose is important in order to help them get used to it and build the stamina for it. So don’t worry if your dog seems overly out of breath, disoriented or panting heavily after the exercises, they will gradually get used to it. You also want to ensure any exercise program you choose can be flexible and adaptable to the weather conditions, so you don’t want to end up doing outdoor activities on very hot days.
With all that said and gotten out of the way, let’s get to our list of the best fun exercise routines you can start with your pet right away.
1. Exercise your dog by running him up and down the stairs
This is one of the best ways to keep your dog fit. The stairs as a workout for your dog can offer amazing benefits in helping your pet develop really strong muscles and the added challenge and difficulty the steps and elevation offers makes it even better to really help keep them strong. The best way to carry out this exercise is by simply playing fetch. It requires little effort from you because you will be standing at the top of the stairs and throwing your dog a toy to fetch from downstairs. A few rounds of this game and he will be worn out.
2. Exercise your dog by hiding his treats and making him work to find them
You can simply help your dog exercise and sharpen his hunting, sniffing and predatory instincts by simply taking a variety of his favorite treats and hiding them. You can hide them in difficult corners to find and behind obstacles around the house. You can rest assured that after climbing through or pushing different obstacles, lifting and walking all about, your dog should be physically tired and fully exercised by the time he finally finds all the treats.
3. Exercise your dog’s teeth and stamina with a little tug of war
You can carry out a little tug of war with your pet in order to exercise him but you need to be careful about this kind of exercise because it brings out the predatory instincts in your dog and should only be done if you have full control and trust in your dog to obey your commands. But if done right this exercise can help you strengthen his teeth muscles and work on his stamina and strength.
1. Go for an early morning jog or cycling
You can achieve health fitness for both you and your dog. Early morning jogs will help get the blood flowing and the muscles well used and exercised. It will also help increase the heartbeat leading to more intake of oxygen, this is very useful for ensuring the brain functions well.
2. Go for a social walk in the park
You can also decide to take it slow by heading out to the park to have some chill time with your dog. While at the park you can play fetch with your dog or let them play with and socialize with other dogs. This not only helps in keeping them physically fit, but also works wonders on them mentally.
3. Take your dog swimming
One of the best ways to exercise your dog while still having fun is through swimming. Swimming allows you both to have and cool off during the hot summer months while still ensuring your pet gets the optimal exercise they need. While in the water, they constantly flex their muscles by constantly paddling with their legs in order to stay afloat. However, you would want to ensure your dog knows how to swim first.