3 Ways to Exercise With Your Dog

March 30, 2016 at 3:07 PM by Nikki Wardle

Dog Swimming

Exercise is just as important for your dog as it is for you. And the best news is, getting exercise for one of you often translates into exercise for the other. It's a great way to spend time with your pet, bond over the exhilaration of exercise and play.

Just like there are some ways to exercise for you that are better than others, there are proper and improper ways to exercise your dog. Here are a few of the best ways to get your pup out and to get that heart rate up.

Walking

A favorite of dog-owners everywhere, walking the dog is a perfect way to get your pet some exercise and fresh air. It's simple, enjoyable, and you don't need any equipment besides a leash and some sneakers.

Research also suggests that walking is just as good for you as it is for your dog, making it a win-win. Walking is an excellent way to get outside, and including the family can make it even more beneficial. Walk for around 30 minutes a day to get the full benefits for your and your furry pal, and keep the pace comfortable but brisk.

Swimming

In the warmer months, a dip in the pool or local lake can be a fantastic exercise solution. Keep in mind that although dogs are natural swimmers, not all dogs enjoy swimming. Take your cues from Fido and engage in this activity as much as it works for the two of you.

Running

If you're ready to pick up the pace, try bringing your dog on a run or a jog. Both of you will burn more calories, and your dog is likely to be docile and calm after expending all of that energy. This is a great solution for younger dogs.

For more tips on keeping your dog healthy and active, check out our blog. If your pet is due for a checkup, give us a call.

Topics: Pet Wellness Clinic

Nikki Wardle

Written by Nikki Wardle

Nikki has been writing for Intermountain Pet Hospital since 2014.