Friday, November 28, 2014

Exercise with your dog

Most people eat a little too much on Thanksgiving, and most Americans gain a few pounds. This is often the start of an eating extravaganza that doesn't end until the new year is here, and many pets are pulled into the eating frenzy too. It just doesn't seem fair to enjoy all these goodies without sharing. 

Take your dog for an extra walk, or go a little further than usual. It might be really exciting for your dog to just go the other direction than you usually do. Regular walks are great both for dogs and people - walking gives a stronger heart, more energy, lower blood pressure, and a lower risk of depression.

If you're more into jogging than walking, consider your dog breed. Some breeds love jogging, others are built for short distance sprints. Do five minutes of warm-up, 20 minutes of jogging, and five minutes of cool-down. If you're in a hot area, avoid jogging in the heat of the day, and stop if your dog shows any signs of not keeping up with you.

Dog dancing is another fun thing to try that will give both you and your four-footed friend some exercise. Dog dancing does not mean having your dog standing up on the back legs and slow dancing with you. This sport is also called musical freestyle, and you choreograph and train a dance routine with your dog to music.

Training for dog dancing will build a strong bond between you and your dog - and get you in shape as a bonus. Watch this video to get some ideas.


Swimming is another great workout, particularly good for dogs and people with arthritis. Swimming works many different groups of muscles, improves endurance, and improves both heart and lungs. Not all dogs like to swim, and some breeds aren't good at swimming, so make sure your dog is comfortable.

Do you exercise with your dog? What is your favorite type of exercise?

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. You should join the FitDog Friday bloghop with this! We are big walkers and Bailie is now the family jogging dog. We pass the torch on to the younger pups as we get older. I still run sometimes with Mom and Bailie, but usually just walk.

    1. Fit Dog Friday bloghop? Sounds like fun, how do I join?