Quality Time – How To Exercise With Your Dog (Part 1)

July 11, 2019

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Just like us humans, our four-legged canine friends also need exercise in order to remain healthy both physically and mentally. As many of us probably don’t do nearly as enough exercising as we should, why not make a win-win-win situation and kill 3 birds with one stone? By exercising with your pooch you are both getting the much needed physical activity, while your furry buddy gets to spend more time with his master.

Running

What better way to train than run like hell with your dog? It is an excellent form of exercise for both of you. Get a hands-free leash as it makes running with your dog a whole lot easier, while off-leash running is not generally recommended, but if you find an area without traffic and lots of people around, and your pooch is reliable when it comes to recall, by all means go for it.

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If your pooch is out shape, make sure to start slowly and then gradually work your way up to higher paces and longer distances.

Cycling

Be careful for this can be a tricky one.

Not all breeds are capable of running fast alongside your bike, so make sure you check with your vet whether or not your pooch is up for it, as this activity can be quite dangerous for both you and your dog.

However, if your dog is up for the task, riding a bike with your canine buddy is lots of fun.

Just like with running, it is crucial that you start slowly and give him time to get used to the bike and the speed. At first, try to ride as slowly as possible, then work your way up accordingly. Be sure your pooch is properly leashed for this one. See if you can find a quality bicycle attachment as you will need both of your hands for steering.

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