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Exercise Your Dog

Exercise Your Dog

It’s no secret how important exercise is not only for people, but for dogs as well. Professional dog trainers recommend exercising your dog for at least 30 minutes everyday. Despite factors, such as age or breed, physical activity is essential to your dog’s health. The best part about exercising your dog is you can fit in your workouts as well, which builds greater companionship between you two.

Benefits of Exercising Together

Exercising with your dog also has the added benefits of incorporating training practice and socialization (especially in puppies and younger dogs) while preserving overall health. When exercising your dog, you want to make sure your dog is hydrated with plenty of water and inspect the environment you two will be exercising at.

Switch Between Surfaces

Mixing surfaces is best. It’s much easier on your joints and bones when you exercise on a combination of surfaces, such as concrete, grass, sand, rough and soft exteriors. If you’re going to be exercising on concrete, make sure to frequently check your dog’s pads.

Common types of exercises you can do together include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Rollerblading
  • Mountain Biking
  • Interactive Fetch
  • Hide-and-Seek
  • Swimming
  • Dog Park Trips

For first timers, it’s best to start slowly with shorter distances and less time. As you both become comfortable, gradually increase the length and time to build endurance.

Exercise Does Not Replace Training

It’s important to remember that exercise does not replace dog obedience training, but it can be used as a fun way to incorporate cues for your dog to obey. Exercising together is one of the most rewarding companionship activities you can share with your dog.

For more questions on exercising your dog, Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainers (ABCDT) can help answer your questions.

What’s your favorite exercise with your dog? Tell us in the comments below!

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