How Can I Exercise With My Dog?

Hello everyone!  Sometimes when I’m talking to people one question that comes up is how can I exercise with my dog?  So I did a little research, talked to some pet owners, and came up with some ideas to help answer that question.

How Can I Exercise With My Dog?

Now if you don’t own a dog, some of the methods I’m sharing can also be done solo without a pet.  Below are some exercises you and your dog can do together.

1. Walking – Take your dog for a brisk walk around your neighborhood or in a park.  This is probably the easiest way to get activity from all the exercises I’ll be sharing.  It’s a simple way to work you and your dog’s cardiorespiratory system.

2. Running – A slightly more intense way to improve you and your pet’s cardio system.  It doesn’t have to be a sprint either to be effective.  Even a little jog can do wonders for both of you.

3. Dancing –  I know this may sound strange, but all you need to do is play some music and dance.  Your pet will likely try to run around and in between your legs.  This again helps improve cardio for you and your pet.

4. Swimming – Now this of course depends on if you and your dog can swim.  If both of you can’t swim please don’t attempt this exercise!  However, if both of you are able to swim you can swim at the same time.

How Can I Exercise With My Dog?

This will help strengthen your upper body, core, and cardio at the same time.  It also helps the strength and cardio of your four legged friend.

 

5. Fetch – Playing fetch with a frisbee or ball can be a lot of fun for both of you.  After you throw the object out for Rover to retrieve, do some exercises like push-ups or jumping jacks while you’re waiting for him to bring it back.  This way the two of you get some exercise instead of just your dog.

6. Hiking – Go on a hike through a nature trail.  This way you can see some of nature’s scenery.  It also helps break up the monotony for your dog.  He doesn’t have to see the same buildings in the neighborhood or the same benches in the park.

7. Roller Skating –  Going roller skating with your pet can be a blast.  It’s great cardio for your dog and helps improve your balance, lower body strength, and cardio at the same time.

8. Bicycling – Depending on the size of your bike, you may have to get a slightly longer leash for this.  You can definitely add on intensity from walking for both of you by bicycling.  By having a hand on the leash it challenges your balance and helps strengthen your lower body.

9. Soccer – If you have a soccer ball or any ball that’s similar you can easily do this.  All you have to do is kick the ball toward your pet slowly. Once it gets near them, they’ll usually try and dribble it with their paws or nose.

They may even try and push it with their paws or nose back toward you.   If not, you may have to try and take it away from them and kick it toward them again.

10. Canine Charity Walk – You can check with your local Chamber of Commerce to see if any organizations are having a Canine Charity Walk in the future.  These are events designed for dog owners to get together with other dog owners.  They usually do a 5k or 1ok walk or similar distance with their dogs.

A lot of times it’s done to raise awareness and contributions for a specific charity or cause.  This way you can have fun socializing with other pet owners, get exercise, and help a charitable cause at the same time.  It’s really a win-win situation for a lot of people.

How Can I Exercise With My Dog?

Summary – Working out with your pet can be enjoyable for both you and your furry friend.

Instead of going to a gym or doing traditional exercises, it’s a nice way to change up the pace once in a while.

Variety is very important to help you stay motivated to exercise. It’s also a great way for both of you to burn calories.

Now, if you don’t have a dog you can go to a local animal shelter and volunteer to walk a dog.  Many places will welcome your offer of help.  You may not have enough time to do some exercises if it’s not your dog, but just walking or running with them can be very beneficial for both of you.

Also, please make sure you and your pet stay hydrated with plenty of water while exercising.  Even if it’s not hot outside you both can still get dehydrated.

If you have any experiences exercising with your dog you’d like to share please let us know.  Or if you have any comments or questions please let me know and I will get back to you.

So how about it, what kind of exercises do you plan to do with your pet? Thanks for your time and have an excellent day!

Jon


 

4 thoughts on “How Can I Exercise With My Dog?”

  1. Hi, very interesting article. I notice that my friends that walk their dogs are fit, they walk a lot with their pets, everyday which is a good workout. When I had a dog I played fetch and it was fun, good exercise for my dog and me. I do not have a pet now but I like to walk and I do it several times a week, sometimes with a walking group visiting several neighborhoods and looking what it is new. The last time that I walked with them one of the friends brought his dog, they walked 8 miles, I walked 20 miles and the last group continued 10 miles more . It was fun. Thank you for your article.

    1. Hi Isa,
      It’s great that you walk that much, 20 miles is very impressive! Yes, many times people that own dogs are in good shape because of walking and playing outdoor games with their pet. I’m glad you liked the article, thank you for your input and have a great day!

      Jon

  2. I was planning to get a dog soon. I like to get a golden retriever. I know golden retiever is kinda a big dog and needs exercise. I found this article so informative and enjoyable to read. But I have some questions. How long should a dog be exercised and how many times a week?

    1. Hi John,

      I’m glad you liked the article. As far as how long and how often a dog should be exercised, that should probably be up to a veterinarian. I think it would probably depend on the physical condition and age of the dog. Some of my friends that have dogs usually walk them for about 30 minutes, but I would have your vet give your dog a physical. Then they should be able to tell you how much to exercise them. Thanks for commenting!

      Jon

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