Getting fit and losing weight tends to be the #1 resolution for everyone in the New Year. Most gyms are full of enthusiastic folks at the beginning of the year, but as time passes, their numbers start to dwindle.
In this situation our pet dogs, our furry friends so to say, serve as ideal workout mates. They are always ready to go the gym with us and motivate us too, to join them, just like an expert workout coach does.
Working out works well for the dog too, as pet obesity is a big concern these days. By working out together, you are able to derive benefits of exercise and establish a closer bond with your dog. At many Edmonton Dog Daycare centers, dogs are exercised on a daily basis to take care of pet obesity.
Keeping this objective in mind, below are a few smart workouts that you can perform with your dog to keep you both active and moving:
Going on a hike is a perfect workout. Firstly, it enables you to chill out and explore new areas. Secondly, it also serves the natural instinct of your dog to try out new smells and see new things. If you have any hiking paths nearby, it’s good; else you can also take your pup in a car. Do remember to take essential stuff for yourself and your dog, such as dog food, water, bowl, and warm covering.
If your dog loves water, then there is nothing better than swimming together. You can either simply play in water, or just splash around, or even swim a few laps. Swimming can be a great exercise for both you and your dog. It improves appetite, makes the muscles stronger, reduces stress on joints and above all, is a great stress buster. Swimming can be done at any time of the day.
Yoga and Doga
Yoga, when done with dogs, is known as Doga. It is a new, trendy way to perform a workout with your dog. Doga focuses on light stretching, meditation and dog massage. It puts you in shape and the physical touch goes a long way in building a strong bond between you and your dog. Doga does not require expensive equipment. It can either be done at home, or on your terrace through instructional videos.
Pulling a bike
This is a workout that is performed mostly with dogs of a larger breed that are of sound health. It involves tying pulling ropes around the dog’s body and motivating him to pull your bike. To help ease the burden of your dog, you can pedal along with your dog. This is a great exercise that builds endurance and strength in dogs. Take care to use bike friendly paths.
Running and exercising in park
Do multiple different types of exercises with your dog in the park. These exercises include jogging, sprinting, jumping and climbing and improve the agility level of your dog. You can get involved too by doing your exercises while the dog is exercising. For instance you can do 10 pull-ups on the horizontal bar while your dog fetches a ball.
Taking your dog to Edmonton Dog Daycare
This is a great idea in case you do not have time to go for a walk, or do a workout with your dog. At Edmonton Dog Daycare, your pup will be exercised daily and care will be taken that the dog has enough time for socializing and playing. At Edmonton Do Daycare, playrooms are grouped by size, personality and play style to make sure your dog is safe and comfortable.