Surely you love your dog so much that you consider him a member of the family, your best friend, or even much more. The love that our dogs give is countless and we want to take care of them as best as possible, that includes physical exercise.
Dogs need exercise, some more than others (it depends on the breed and the energy they have). It is necessary to take our dogs out at least three times a day, but they also need some physical exercise to calm the extra energy they have and also to stay in shape.
So, you can take advantage of the time and get fit together with your dog and also have fun together. You will have great times together and your union will also become much stronger. Now we’ll show you how to exercise with your dog.
Instructions for Exercising with My Dog
- Normally, when you think about exercising with a dog, you think that running or walking a route is enough, but keep in mind that some dogs are better prepared to run than others. So, choosing what type of exercise you are going to do together will depend on the one that best suits you and your dog’s ability.
- A good way to exercise, especially in hot weather, is to go swimming, especially if your dog is not afraid of water and likes to swim. You can go to a river or lake where you can’t disturb people who don’t like to bathe with animals. You can run, swim from one point to another, be imaginative! Be careful and always keep an eye on your dog, it may get tired or he may swallow water and start choking.
- Another good idea is to do obstacle tests. You can set up an obstacle course that involves zigzagging races, jumping benches, going under tunnels, etc. These obstacles can be put up by you or you can take advantage of what nature gives you. It is a good way to exercise all the muscles since you will be able to run, jump, bend, crawl, etc. and it will also improve your dog’s obedience and force him to think. Don’t forget that you should also do the tour together with your doggy friend.
- If your dog already knows how to stay by your side and doesn’t run around without obeying, you can ride a bike and have your dog run by your side. Cycling is another great sport to work numerous muscles and stay in shape. If your dog is still not used to running next to your bike, try to keep him on a bike and go slowly.
- Did you know that a new way of doing yoga has been developed? Yes, it’s called Doga and it’s all about practicing yoga with your dog. It’s perfect for calming and relaxing your friend or for quiet dogs who aren’t passionate about running or strenuous exercise. If there are no classes to attend in your city, look for books or look online for some yoga exercises to do together.
- There are also some games with which to have fun and also exercise at the same time: Among these exercises you can teach your dog to obey you and follow different commands, such as sitting, standing when he should, getting on two legs, lying down, coming when commanded, etc.
- Once he has learned to obey these basic commands, go a step further and teach him to turn, to make a sequence of movements and commands, to play hide-and-seek, etc.
- A very fun and educational activity that you can do with your dog is to be next to each other, take two steps and see if your dog takes them too. If they don’t listen to you, try saying their name first. If your dog doesn’t stand and doesn’t take the same steps as you, go back to the starting position and repeat. When you take two steps, the number of steps changes. Stand up, tell him to sit down and then take about 4 steps and wait to see how many steps your dog walks.
- Remember that when you try to teach your dog and you want to get him to obey you, you should reward your dog every time he does well, and don’t scold him or hit him when he does it wrong, instead tell him that you will try again.
If your dog is bored and tired of playing, try changing the game, but if he doesn’t pay attention and continues in the same attitude, let him rest and continue the next day.
What do you need to exercise with my dog?
- Canine treats or treats
Tips for exercising with my dog
- Keep in mind that your dog can’t tell you as clearly as a human that the exercise is too strenuous, or that they’re really exhausted, so you need to be careful and keep an eye out for your dog so that nothing happens to him.
- Establish an exercise routine and schedule so your dog knows when it’s time to exercise and when you’re just going for a walk.