With a large percentage of the world considered to be overweight, everyone knows how important it is to look after your own physical health.
But did you know it’s essential for your dogs too? A shocking 52.5% of dogs are considered to be overweight or obese, and while it may be difficult at times, you need to do all you can to help ensure your dog is as healthy as possible.
One of the best ways to do that, of course, is to exercise with them. Whether you’re going for a long walk together or signing up to doggy exercise classes, the more exercise they’re getting the more likely they are to burn off fat. As a bonus, you’ll also be getting a little bit of exercise alongside them. It’s a win-win situation.
With that in mind, here are several fun ways in which you can work out with your dog:
One of the best ways to ensure that both you and your dog is getting enough exercise is to go for a long walk with them. Whether this is something you do every single day or something you only do two or three times a month, you’ll both enjoy spending some time outdoors.
From a relaxing stroll around your local neighborhood to the opportunity to explore a new area, there are so many benefits to taking a long walk with your dog. Not only does it allow you to burn calories at a steady rate, but it also gives your pup the chance to spend some time on their feet as chances are if they were at home, they would be lying on the couch for a large portion of the day.
If you are going on a long walk with your dog, don’t forget to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially if it’s a hot day.
If you want to up your game and do something a little more challenging than going for a walk, taking your dog on a hike is a great idea. Although it will require a lot more physical effort, you’ll certainly feel incredible afterward.
If you are planning a hike with your dog, you need to consider how far they’re going to be able to walk. Although dogs have a lot of energy, they’re going to reach their limit eventually. The best thing to do, of course, is to start small and work your way up to something bigger. Once you test the limits, you will be able to go a little further.
Again, if you’re considering a hike, you need to ensure you’re taking everything you need with you. From water to snacks, you want to be as prepared as possible.