Exercising with your dog is a great way for both of you to blow off a little steam and get in some necessary physical activity. Even on the days when you aren’t motivated to get yourself up and moving, you’ll always perk right up when you know it’s time for your dog to get her energy out.
I’ve made a list of easy ways to exercise with your dog, so your furry friend always gets the physical activity she needs — even when you’re at your busiest!
4 Fun & Easy Ways to Exercise with Your Dog
1. Let Her Take You for a Walk
Take your dog to a park and while still on a leash, allow her to really explore. Let her take the lead and seek out what she finds to be the most exciting. Remember when you do this, however, that even with your dog in the lead, you must still follow the standard park etiquette rules.
2. Let Her Play with Other Animals
If you don’t have other pets, set up a playdate with a friend and her dog. Dogs can understand each other in ways that we can’t, so it’s good for your dog to socialize with other dogs. You and your human bestie can take your canine besties along for a jog, and you can all get in that necessary exercise and socialization at once.
3. Take Her Swimming
If your dog has arthritis or another physical ailment that makes exercise difficult, consider taking her for a swim. This is a great way to strengthen her muscles without straining them. This is because the water will support most of their bodyweight.
Check out these water safety tips for dogs!
4. Take Your Dog on Errands
Did you know that some retail stores will allow you to take your dog inside with you? As long as you keep her on a leash and she’s on her best behavior, you can exercise your dog while you get some necessary errands done. If taking your pet to mainstream stores makes you nervous, you can also just have them tag along with you to pet shops when you need to restock on food and toys.
How do you make sure your dog gets exercise?
I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below, or better yet, stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!