10 Tips To Get Your Dog Moving
January 7th, 2021 by Marlene Ring
They usually sleep all day while we’re at work and once we get home, they get a short walk and maybe a little bit of playtime.
A dog that has a diverse exercise regimen will lead a healthier life and will also be a better companion.
Moving with your dog might also improve your own health and mood.
There are many different things that you can do with your dog to help them get a little more exercise.
Walking or jogging with your dog is always a great start.
Ask your neighbors and friends if they can bring their pets over or sign up for an occasional Doggie Day Care.
Search for a quality dog park which is known to be safe and well supervised by the dog owners.
Here’s a Game
It’s not only good exercise but also polishes his response for coming when called.
Hide and seek indoors or out is another way to get your dog speeding from one location to the next as he tries to “Find Mama!”
Have a retriever?
Find objects that intrigue him rather than just balls.
Be sure he’s mature enough before you include household items such as slippers or keys.
Tie a bungee toy to a strong tree and your pooch can entertain himself for hours jumping and tugging.
Go for a swim
Remember that many dogs love to swim in lakes and creeks or splash in plastic kiddie pools.
You can encourage him by tossing a tennis ball in the shallow edges and slowly throw it in the deeper areas.
The Great Outdoors
Visit www.texashiking.com for great walking trails that you can take your dog on.
Maybe turn it into a camping weekend.
Have a Bike?
It is important that the dog realizes that you are out for exercise and not for him to sniff so you are both safe.
Participating in dog sport classes can be lots of fun.
Treibball, flyball, frisbee, agility, herding and dock diving not only give your dog the exercise he needs, but he also gets a lot of mental stimulation.
He’ll never know……
His behavior will improve by managing the excess energy and keeping him in shape.
Doing Your Part
It’s up to the owner to keep these exercises fun.
Your dog may not enjoy every one of these activities.
Not a problem! Move on to the next idea.
And as always, make sure you give your pooch time to cool down after exercise.