It may seem obvious, but many people simply don't take the time to get in regular walks for themselves or for their dogs. Did you know that you can burn up to 170 calories in just half an hour simply by walking at a fast pace? You don't have to be a runner to get a good workout (but kudos to you if you are). Briskly walking has been shown to burn six times more abdominal fat that walking at a normal pace. Taking a walk around the neighborhood is also much more enjoyable when you have a furry companion trotting at your side. Pro tip: Make sure to train your dog to heel (stick to your side) while on his leash, as it is a much safer and more enjoyable way to walk than if your canine is pulling and straining the entire time!
Once your dog has mastered basic commands, like sit, stay, down, and come, you can consider taking your little furry friend through agility training. It's a great way to bond with your dog while getting in exercise at the same time. You can even do agility training in your own backyard with the right equipment, including weave poles, standard jumps, tunnels and ramps. Cesar Milan gives some great advice on how to get started with agility training for your dog.
This is a great activity for days when you are short on time and can't commit to an hour walk or agility training session. Most dogs love a good game of fetch, and you can even find ways to make it a more active game for yourself as well. Try throwing your ball (or stick or other dog toy) and racing alongside your dog to see who can fetch it first! Your dog will likely be delighted that you're running alongside him.
Dog Park Date
Have a friend with a dog? Going on a dog park date is the perfect way to socialize your dog and ensure that he gets plenty of exercise. If your local dog park is secure, you can feel safe letting your dog off the leash (while still keeping him safely in sight) and walking around the length of the park with your friend while your dogs run and play.
Make Safety a Priority
While you're out trying these fun activities with your dog, don't forget about making sure that safety comes first. Keep yourself and your dog hydrated by bringing a water bottle and portable water dish along with you. If you or your dog seem to be experiencing pain while doing a certain exercise, it's probably best to stop and rest and then see a doctor (or vet) before trying it again. These activities should be safe and fun for both you and your dog!
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