Working out and staying fit is always more fun when you do it with your best pal. Most dogs tend to follow their owners and get curious about what their owners do. Dogs are naturally energetic, adventurous, and always ready to try new things. Apart from your family and friends, pets make the best workout buddies and perfect training partners. A morning walk with your dog can actually be considered as a basic workout routine, but did you know that there are lots of fun and exciting ways to get fit with your furry friend?
Combining the fun experience of playtime and workout, you and your dog can easily be motivated to live a healthy lifestyle so both of you can enjoy its benefits. Dogs’ obedience will also be strengthened when you encourage them to perform various physical exercise routines with you. Because we care about you and your dearest pets, we’ve listed down some of the best exercise and fitness routines you can do with your furry pal:
Find a safe and comfortable place that allows dogs and take a 30-minute to 1-hour jog. This is the most basic yet effective and helpful cardio workout. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and portable bowl so you and your dog can drink to avoid dehydration.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that you and your dog can enjoy. Going for a swim is an effective way to cool off during hot weather. Find a pet-friendly beach or backyard pool and encourage your dog to join you for a swim. If it’s your dog’s first time to go for a swim, it’s best to teach them the basics first. Keep in mind that not all dogs are natural swimmers, some breeds cannot swim at all without a floatation device. Never leave your dogs unattended in the water and don’t force them to immediately learn how to swim.
3. Dog yoga
Yoga has been one of the most popular fitness routines for both men and women. Surprisingly, your beloved furry friends can also enjoy yoga classes with you. You may teach your pets some basic yoga poses or take them to a yoga class for dogs which is a trend nowadays. After some yoga routine, give your dogs a relaxing massage as this can also be an opportunity to check for lumps beneath their fur.
4. Participate in a dog-friendly charity race
Nothing beats finishing a dog-friendly race with your best furry friend! There are local animal shelters that host charity race where you and your dog can actively participate. Through this, you will not only achieve your fitness goal but you can also help other animals in need.
5. Go hiking
Hiking is a great idea for dogs who are used to strenuous exercise and activities. Make sure that you have all the essentials ready such as food, water, and first aid kit. Hiking is a perfect chance to explore and enjoy new places with your beloved pets.
We treat our dogs as part of our family that’s why we love and care for them so much. Doing the things you love and enjoy with your furry pal makes life worthwhile.