Your dog may never get tired of walks, but as a dog owner walking around the block has got to give at some point. It’s hard to think about all the things you could be doing with your dog that will help keep you both in shape, but there are some people who have found some pretty rad things to do with their dogs that keeps exercising interesting.
Paddleboard with Your Pup
If you’ve never tried to paddleboard before, now is your chance. Most dogs that love the water will do just about anything to get close to a lake or beach. Pack the pooch up in the car and head out for some waves. You can usually rent paddleboards around touristy areas or at parks that are known for their watersports. You’ll be paddling your way out into the sound soon enough. Just don’t forget your life jackets!
Kayaking or Canoeing with Your Best Bud
Just like paddleboards, you can rent kayaks or canoes just about anywhere there is deep enough water to move about without getting stuck. This might be something you try first before attempting to paddleboard to see if your dog is comfortable riding some waves in a mostly contained area. There are many kayaks and canoes that have extra seating for humans, so you can use this space for Fido when he’s geared up and ready to go. Spend some time relaxing and paddling down the river for some casual exercise.
Active “Go Fetch”
The traditional fetch means less work for humans and more work for dogs. Why we have always followed this rule is beyond knowing, but if you are looking for some exercise Active Fetch is for you. Each time you throw the ball, you can attempt to race your dog to the ball. This will become quite the game for you and your pup, especially if your dog is not usually excited over a ball being thrown. You might see a little ounce of competition flicker in the eyes of your dog when you try this new exercise out.
Running Stairs Together
Not all dogs were built for stair-stepping, but some can’t get enough. If your dog is always looking for a set of stairs or races to the top of stairs you frequently use, this is the perfect exercise for the both of you. There’s nothing like a good set of stairs to tell you how out of shape you are. Try to match the number of stairs your dog can do (maybe not at the same pace). But you can always set new goals based on how well you both did and try again the next day!
Walking doesn’t always make you feel like you did much in terms of exercising and most of the time you need a little pick me up that will boost your endorphins to keep you going for the rest of the day. Exercising your dog is just as important, too. Whether it’s to help keep peace between your roommate’s shoes and your dog or just expending pent up energy your dog has throughout the day, exercising your pup should be one of your to-dos each day!