Recreation is very important for you as well as for your dog, if you have one you know that daily walks are mandatory but sometimes it isn’t enough for you or your hyperactive pet. This is the moment when your pet becomes your training buddy, and dogs are perfect for that role. They will never cancel on you, and they will always be ready to go and have fun with you. Regardless the size and breed of your dog, you can always find appropriate exercises for both of you. Here are some of the things you can try with your dog.
- Running or jogging is the best way to start training with your dog, and it won’t take him long to adapt to the fact that you are now training buddies. After the first few times, your dog will be standing at the front door waiting for you to get ready and start running, and he won’t let you give up until your usual route is finished. Even though puppies really are fantastic running companions be sure to stay at home when it’s too hot outside, and remember to take shorter routes if you own a flat-faced breed because too much running can cause breathing problems for them.
- Stand-up or knee paddling is a great way to have some recreation with your buddy at the lake. Exercising your abs and enjoying the nature at the same time while hanging out and bonding with your pet, sounds fun right? Reserve your first day for relaxation and teaching your dog to swim unless he is a natural swimmer and if he is you can even play fetch with his favorite toy.
- Rollerblading or cycling can be kind of interesting for your pet and awesome for exercising your muscles. If your dog is anxious, aggressive or has a ton of unused energy, cycling is a perfect activity for you, you get to relax and exercise your leg muscles while your dog is burning all the unnecessary energy. If you have to use a leash, instead of holding it with your hands, you can use a device for your bike specially designed for that purpose. Rollerblading can be fun but only if you are an expert in rollerblading, be sure to escape from traffic and crowded places.
- Dog yoga, also known as Doga is focused on exercising your body, but it can be a pretty entertaining experience for your dog too. Doga poses for your pet are something similar to their morning stretches, and it is in fact imitation of your movements. However, it is an excellent opportunity to bond with your dog and spend more time with him.
- Work-outs in the park. If you are a fan of nature and parks, the best way for you to exercise is undoubtedly playing fetch with your training buddy. When you throw your dog’s favorite toy, do a few exercises such as squats, arm circles or windmills. Both of you would feel exhausted at the end of your training session.