Exercise is as important for dogs as it is for humans. Without it they become lethargic and inactive. Dogs require a walk daily. The usual walking, running and fetching games may not be enough for your dog’s health. Here are some vet approved routine exercises that will keep your pet healthy and fit.
Indoor Exercises for Your Pet
There can be days when it becomes next to impossible for you to take your dog outside, even for a walk. In such cases, you can go for the following indoor exercises.
Running On the Stairs
One of the best indoor exercises for your dog is running with him up and down the stairs. It is a great way to tire your pet and increase his activity level.
Walking On The Treadmill
Treadmill walks can be used as an alternative if you do not have access to stairs. Start with a low speed and gradually challenge your dog by increasing the speed of the equipment. For an extra thrill, you can reward your dog by standing at the front of the treadmill holding treats.
Using Hurdles and Obstacles
Arrange a makeshift hurdle race in your house. Use obstacles like cushions, chairs, hula-hoops, etc. and create a challenging environment for him to work out.
Outdoor Exercises for Your Pet
Swimming is among the healthiest outdoor exercises. Summers are a good time to take your dog swimming. This way you can exercise your dog when he gets hot. However, do not leave your dog unsupervised while he is inside the water.
Fetch is a classic game played to exercise dogs. It can be played throughout the year. Let your dog take a whiff of the object before throwing it. Dogs use their sense of smell to find objects. You can even use a racquet to throw the object farther away.
Many dogs love hiking. It is more challenging than usual walks, more adventurous, and a fun group activity if you invite other dogs. However, ensure that your dog is ready for the task. Consult your veterinarian and carry a first-aid kit for emergencies.
Other Tips that can Help your Dog Exercise
Keep your dog Healthy
Understand the benefits of pet insurance and get your pet insured for common health problems so that he can enjoy exercise on a daily basis.
Nourish Your Dog
Ensure that your dog is getting proper nourishment so he’s ready to exercise! Include proteins, carbohydrates and fat in your pet’s diet.
Exercise Your Dog According To His Breed Type
Most breeds enjoy specific types and durations of exercises. Some of the most active breeds in the world are Dalmatians, Dobermans, Siberian huskies and Labradors. Likewise, some of the laziest dogs in the world are Great Danes, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands. Make sure you design your dog’s routine according to his breed and body type.
Susan Combs is a Pet Health and Safety expert. Her specialties include keeping up with important issues regarding pet health and pet care, working closely with pet parents to find answers concerning training, grooming and caring for specific breeds of dogs.