Everyone knows that exercise is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s easy to forget, however, that exercise can take the form of many activities we already love, making it something to look forward to rather than a box to check. Many of the fun and grounding activities we do to keep our bodies healthy can even include our furry friends!
The next time you’re thinking of taking your dog for a walk, consider mixing things up by engaging in a different form of exercise that’s safe and fun for both you and your pup. Let’s take a look at some popular options to provide a little inspiration.
One of our favorite trends is dog yoga, also known as “doga.” While it may be hard to imagine your dog holding a warrior pose while standing on their hind legs, there are plenty of simpler ways to involve your pup in your yoga routine.
Doga can involve either training your dog to stretch and perform simple yoga poses, or simply keeping them close while you practice. There are several benefits to including your dog in your yoga practice, including relieving their arthritic pain, introducing a new form of mental stimulation, and even creating a space for emotional bonding between you and your pet.
If you do decide to help your dog engage in the practice by lifting them or teaching them to do some poses, you’ll just want to remember to respect their boundaries and watch closely for signs that they’re uncomfortable.
Hiking With Your Dog
Exploring the great outdoors is a refreshing experience, and it’s even better with a friend! Hiking with dogs is a great way to get your pet the exercise they need, and with all of the scents of the trail they’ll be thrilled for the adventure. Good preparation is vital before you head out into the great outdoors with your dog.
Before making your pup into a trail buddy, it’s important to ensure your dog is in good enough health to walk uphill for an extended period of time. If it’s been a while since they’ve been to the vet, it might be time for an appointment. Before you head to the trail, be sure you have all the necessities—leash, water, dog food, poop bags, and maybe even some dog hiking boots to protect your pup’s paws.
While not all forms of exercise are for dogs, many activities we love can be inclusive of our furry friends with a bit of preparation and creativity. It’s not a bad idea to try several and figure out what’s best for you both.
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