5 Dog-Friendly Fitness Ideas: Get Moving Outside With Your Dog 🐕🐶
Looking for a little inspiration to make the most of the longer spring days (almost summer days)? Here are five great dog-friendly fitness ideas.
Pick Up a New Hobby: Organized Dog Sports
If your furry companion is full of bounce, organized dog sports are a great way to build a fun activity into your schedule to get you both more active this summer. Don’t worry if you are new to dog training; dog sport clubs are always full of eager “dog people” who are more than willing to teach you the basics while you learn the ins and outs of friendly competition.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors: Hiking & Camping
Dogs have a natural curiosity about the outdoors that can remind us of the wonders of nature. Bringing your dog along to enjoy nature boosts the pleasure and offers plenty of opportunity for healthy, active fun.
Making the most of outdoor adventure with Fido, like most hiking and camping trips, means putting some thought into packing the right gear. Here are a few tips to make sure you have what you need.
Take a Dip: Swimming With Your Dog
Swimming is a great way for both you and your dog to burn off some extra calories while enjoying warmer weather. Check with your local public pool — many offer a few “dog days” each year so that you can bring your companion for some extra fun social time. Another option is dog-friendly beaches for those living near the ocean. Ponds and lakes are another way to go.
Over & Under: Backyard Obstacle Course
If you have a fenced backyard, then a dog-friendly obstacle course is an excellent chance to have some regular outdoor fun with your pet. By using some simple items you have lying around in the garage, you can build jumps, weave poles, tunnels, balance beam, and even a seesaw obstacle for your pooch.
Hide-&-Seek: A Kid-Friendly Dog Game
Within a few minutes, you can get the kids moving outside with a fun game of hide-and-seek with the dog. Give each child a small bag of kibble or pea-sized dog treats. Then, let them choose a great hiding spot in your fenced back yard, taking turns calling the dog from their spots. When they are found, your pooch should get lots of praise and a small food reward, and the kids get to run to a new hiding spot.