Man’s (and woman’s!) most beloved companion could be our ideal exercise companion. Of course, much of this is contingent on the breed of your pet (their size and age, for instance) as well as where you reside (those hot, scorching summer days during the summer months in south do not get along with dogs) If all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, you’ll have a fun workout along with your pet.
If you have an active and active lifestyle then finding an animal that is compatible with your level of activity is a good place to begin. “Any dogs in the ‘working’ dog category are genetically bred to be more active and athletic,” says Dr. Kelly Oberschelp, DVM, an animal doctor working at Bluebonnet Animal Hospital based in Austin, Texas. “This would include herding dogs (Aussies, Border Collies, Cattle Dogs) and hunting dogs (Vizslas, Pointers, Retrievers, Weimaraners).”
Of course, every dog is different, and if they belong to an brachycephalic breed, which means they have smushed faces such as French Bulldogs, Pugs, Bostons, Boxers and especially English Bulldogs, Dr. Oberschelp advises you to be cautious when exercising as they are prone to overheating as a result of their compressed airways.
Before you go out with your dog outside make a note of the temperature of the in the air as well as on the ground (if you find it too warm or cold to your hands within about 10 seconds it’s probably too to hot for your pet) and humidity (Dr. Oberschelp says that pets sweat solely through their paws , and heat stroke can occur quickly) to ensure you’re secure and have the most fun feasible.
In case you and your pet are eager to move We’ve compiled the top ten exercises recommended by experts that you can do with your pet.
10 best dog workouts
Research has shown that taking your dog for a walk does more than just improve your dog’s health, but it will also give you an exercise boost. If you’re seeking to improve your amount of exercise, Sergio Fernandez who is Personal trainer in Life Time Coral Gables offers some additional exercises to do while walking. “Some exercises you can do while walking the dog [include] walking lunges or forward jump squats,” says Fernandez. “I also think that there are accessories that are easy to bring along during a walk, such as resistance bands; you can do exercises such as lateral band walks while walking the dog.”
Running with your dog needs some preparation, however, it is a fantastic method to give active dogs getting the exercise they require. One of the most important things to remember while walking with your pet is that you must be running at their speed not yours. If you’re running for a race,, or you are trying to keep the same pace, you may need to leave your dog at home. “Just like with people, I recommend starting with a slow steady rate and distance and working up to longer distances and speeds,” the Dr. Oberschelp. ” We always want to allow our pets to set their own pace and never force exercise on them.”
If you’re planning to go on the day off to go hiking, or even camping overnight, taking your dog along could be ideal for you and your dog. Of course, you’ll need to ensure that your dog is allowed to go on trails and are ready for any climbing that might be required However, with a little the proper preparation, it’s an excellent way to give your pet moving. “[Make sure] that there are places for your dog to drink water,” says Fernandez. “If there isn’t, you should plan to take water along with you. If it’s uncomfortable carrying you, there are a variety of products that let you strap water bottles to your waist to make it easier to carry.”
If yoga is your preferred form of exercise, Doga–yes, dog yoga is an option. If there aren’t any yoga studios that offer classes in your area There are lots of fantastic YouTube video clips ( like this one!) that can help you get started.
If your dog is skilled enough to swim and is able to swim, a visit to the local pool is a fun time for you and your dog. Although you won’t be able to complete some laps, it is possible to swim with your pet and let them cool down (even after a short walk).
Paddleboarding or kayaking
Fernandez recommends this type of workout and it can be an excellent way to get your dog used to going for a paddle without leaving your dog behind. Make sure you have an safety cover for your pet, and ensure that they are taught to sit (though they might be able to jump into the water and squeeze some paddle time during your time sitting and have breaks).
If you’re in search of ways to make it more interesting to do your HIIT exercise, incorporating the bodyweight exercise when you throw the dog your ball is exactly what you require. Throw the ball and take the time it takes your dog to catch the ball and return it to your HIIT workout; then rest as you pick up the ball and throw it once more. “While the dog goes to fetch the ball, these are some great body exercises you can do: bodyweight squats, walking or stationary lunges, jump squats, jump lunges, planks, pushups, triceps pushups, plyometric pushups, plank with shoulder taps, elbow plank to pushup plank, side planks, sprints, glute bridges, ice skaters, high knees, jumping jacks, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, mountain climbers, donkey kicks, bear crawls and lateral lunges,” recommends Fernandez. Choose one or two moves every day, and you’ll have an easy and quick exercise routine.
If you’re looking to improve to improve your sprinting speed, having a game of fetch and your pet is an excellent method to practice this. Fernandez suggests playing with dogs by throwing them the ball and then racing the dog to grab it.
If you’re trying to improve your tennis moves but you don’t have a partner you can let your dog play on the opposite part of the court. Make sure you check whether the courts are heated prior to your dog is allowed to run around. Again and again, the Dr. Oberschelp says if you cannot put your hands on the floor for 10 seconds without burning, then it’s too hot. Let them pick up the tennis balls on your behalf.
Similar to the game of fetch, frisbee is an excellent exercise for you as well as your dog. It’s not just about getting an exercise that twists those arms, you could also race your dog around the frisbee while gaining aerobic exercise at the same time.