As we all know, it’s very important to keep your dog active! However, walking can sometimes become a little repetitive and so it’s always good to find new and interesting ways to exercise with your dog! It can help strengthen different muscles and make exercise more fun, for you both!
So here are a few ways to make exercising with your dog fun...
Yep, you heard that right! Dog yoga, or ‘Doga’ has great health benefits for both you and your pup! They don’t use the same yoga moves as they do in human yoga (else the ‘downward dog’ might be a little too easy for them) but instead incorporate them into the positions of human yoga, which can have a relaxing and calming effect on your dog, helping their central nervous system!
Hydrotherapy is often used to help dogs recover from surgery or a traumatic injury, but it’s beneficial for all pups! Swimming, in the same way it does for humans, can improve muscle tone, cardio stamina and the movement in their joints! It’s also great if you’re dog needs to lose a little weight.
If you want to find new ways to help your dog get the exercise they need, you can also set up your garden so that it’s full of activities and challenges for both their mind and body. You can buy tennis ball machines or obstacle courses to entertain them throughout the day! If you don’t fancy buying something for it, you can even make your own obstacle course using buckets, pillow and anything else you can find around the house! And if you’re looking for ways to get involved, you can sign your dog up to do an obstacle courses around your area!
Although daily walks are always vital to keep your dog healthy and keep their fitness levels up, it’s also good to exercise in different ways, to exercise and strengthen other parts of their body, especially if they’re a little hyper-active!