10 Workouts You Can Do With Your Dog

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Every dog owner loves spending time with their dog. Being able to exercise and spend time with your best friend should be a win-win. Dogs need exercise just like humans do. Here is a list of various fun and calorie burning exercises that you can do with your dog.

  • Running/Walking- Walking your dog, whether it is for exercise or not, is essential for a dog’s health- and yours too! So why not walk your dog for a little longer and faster, and make it a good workout? Also, if you have a breed of dog that likes to run, you can try running with your dog as well. You and your dog will both benefit from a cardio workout.
  • Kayaking- Taking your dog on a kayaking adventure will be fun for both of you. Bring your dog on a slow moving river so they won’t fall out easily. Kayaking will also work your core and your arms as you paddle. With the added weight, it will make it a more intense workout, and you will be joined by good company.
  • Playing Keep Away- Playing keep away with your dog will exercise your dog’s brain and test your own speed and reflexes.
  • Stair running- This can be an intense workout for both you and your dog. Your dog may push you to go faster or you may push your dog to go faster. Either way, you will have a partner that will share the experience with you and help you get through any trying times.
  • Snowshoeing- If you live in a cold area, this is a great option for you and your dog. It’s like a super walk! Snowshoeing through the snow in a cold environment will keep you and your dog from overheating and makes for a more intense walk for you and your pooch.
  • 5K/10K- If there is a local race that accepts dogs, this would be a wonderful thing to participate in. You and your dog would be able to socialize with others while being able to get a good workout in.
  • Swimming- If you have a pool or live near the ocean, this is a fun activity for you and your dog. It is a whole body workout that will leave you good and tired afterward.
  • Take a Hike- Taking a hike with your dog can be a good workout, and can also be a way to connect with nature. Hiking in high altitude places will also help you and your dog work on your endurance and breathing.
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding- If you live near an ocean or lake this can be a fun activity to do with your dog. You and your dog will be able to work on balancing skills, and it will also work on your whole body.
  • Yoga- Doing yoga with your dog can be a bonding experience for both of you. Doing yoga will help you gain whole body strength, while your dog will be learning new skills and work on their concentration.

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