Exercising Fido: Canine Fitness Tips

Here at Happy Dog Boarding, we are strong advocates of health and fitness, for both you and your canine companion. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own busy lives that we forget to look out for our pets’ fitness. They need exercise, too! A solid, well-rounded exercise routine will not only contribute to your and your dogs’ longevity, but it will also improve your quality of life from day to day. There are so many ways to incorporate fitness into your pet’s daily routine, and we would love to share some of our ideas with you.

Go for Walks

Sometimes we humans complicate things. Did you realize that exercise for your dog can be as simple as taking him for a walk, jog, or run? This is something you can both do together, as you can leash up your companion and travel around the neighborhood. This is good for our pets’ hearts and muscles, as well as for our own. Live out in the country, in a safe, traffic-free area? Consider taking your dog off leash and letting him run free and unfettered. If your pet needs motivation to run, take along a ball or stick for him to chase and fetch.

Work for Treats

Another fun way to exercise your best friend is to make him work for treats. You’d be surprised at how willing your dog will be to cooperate once food enters the equation. Dogs love treats, and they’ll do all sorts of exercises and tricks to earn them.

Formal Exercise

If your dog has developed health problems related to poor diet or genetics, your vet may prescribe a formal exercise regimen. Formal dog exercises are also handy for those of us who lead incredibly busy lives, but don’t want to neglect our pets’ health. There are so many ways to achieve optimum fitness in your pets. There’s even exercise equipment, like this dog treadmill for sale, akin to what we use in our own personal gyms. Some people even exercise with their dogs, building their own personal routines around Fido.

Think Outside the Box

Even playing tug of war with your dog is a form of exercise. You can also take him on social outings, where he can roam and play with a pack. The most enterprising of us set up doggy obstacle courses in our backyards! The possibilities are just about limitless.

So, what do you think? Is it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be to exercise your pets? Send us your feedback, and we’ll take your ideas into consideration. If you have any other creative ways to add fitness into our dogs’ lives, please share those as well. We’re all in this together. Paws of the world unite!