Physical fitness is the new mantra for the new generation. So, why should dogs be left aloof from this phenomenon? It has been observed that the more active a pet is, the healthier he is going to be. It is not very important for you to take your furry pal on a 5-mile run on a daily basis. There are several activities that can not only improve your dog’s physical fitness, but also yours.
So, why don’t you get yourself mentally prepared for the physical activities that are mentioned in this write-up and get back into shape with your tyke:
Activities To Improve Your Dog’s Physical Fitness
Power Walking for Dog
A leisurely walk is not what is the need of the hour. Most of the time, it has been found that dogs spend time sniffing patches of grass and trees, but ensure that there is a speed in the walk. Kick up the fitness level by increasing the pace of the walk by daily going for 15 to 20 minutes per mile. This pace is enough to get yourself physically exhausted and commence panting in the dog. Panting is okay, but if your furry pal starts to exhibit labored breathing, then it is a signal that you need to take a breather and stop somewhere.
Jogging with Dog
If you have not jogged for a long time it is time to ease into it. Most of the dogs love to sprint, but care should be taken to ensure that you are building endurance by commencing with a couple of short jogs several times a week. You can then gradually increase the length of the jog. Before commencing the activity, warm up and keep an eye on your furry pal to see that he is not feeling exhausted. It is also recommended to have a grasp over basic obedience commands before heading out so that your doggy is not distracted by obstacles in the path.
Swimming for Dog
This activity should be conducted only if the weather permits. If the temperature is increasing, it is time to head to the beach or pool to make a splash. Swimming aids in keeping your tyke moving and it has been learnt that most of the dogs love to swim so this is an added incentive to get started with swimming with your doggy. Try throwing a ball or toy in the water to retrieve.
Agility Training of Dog
Agility training is a great form of exercise for dogs which is also fun-loving. When your doggy weaves through the poles and runs through plank it aids in developing muscle coordination and keeps your furry pal active. If you do not have access to agility training, you do not have to necessarily build one. You can use low walls and fences, fence posts and other prevailing objects found at home for your dog’s course.
This is a great sport for dogs. You can kickoff this activity by throwing a dog-friendly disc in the backyard or the park. Throw the disc in short distances gradually working up on longer distances. Your dog will gleefully pursuit it and bring it back for another round. This will not only keep your blood pumping, but will also build a great camaraderie between you and the doggy.
So, which of these activities are you planning to integrate to improve your doggy’s physical fitness?