An out of shape dog often has an out of shape owner. While there are ways to
exercise your dog while being lazy yourself, it only makes sense to get in shape
together. Just like people, dogs that are healthy and fit are happier and live longer.
Your dog doesn’t ask much from you but provides so much. Give your dog and
yourself the gift of fitness and longevity.
Get fit with your dog and share some quality time together with these activities:
1. Swimming. Most dogs are naturally excellent swimmers. Swimming is a very
healthy, low-impact exercise for you and your dog. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog. It’s not always easy for them to figure
out how to get out of the pool when they start to tire.
2. Hiking. Dogs love to go for walks, but they love to hike even more. The variety
of terrain and smells is more interesting to the average dog. The natural surface
is much easier on their feet than a concrete sidewalk. Hiking is a great stress
reliever for dogs and humans. Consider how much time wolves, coyotes, and foxes spend “hiking” each
day. It’s a very natural activity for your dog. At one time, humans spent
most of their day hiking, too.
3. Camping. Dogs love to camp. Camping goes great with swimming and hiking.
Try it once with your dog and see how much you both enjoy it.
4. Rollerblading. Rollerblading isn’t as popular as it once was, but it’s still a great
activity to do with your dog. It’s a great way to pick up the pace, which your dog
will love, without being too hard on the owner.
5. Biking. You’ve probably seen a few people on bikes with their dog trotting
beside them. This is another way to give your dog the speed he craves without
Biking together might take a little practice and training to make it work,
but it’s worth the effort.
6. Trail running. Think of trail running as hiking at higher speed. It’s a great
workout for both of you.
Take it easy if you haven’t been running recently and consistently.
Consider this to be an advanced activity for both of you.
7. Walking. The old standby is always available. Every dog is excited by the
prospect of a walk. Just pull the leash out of the closet and watch your dog go
Some owners have taught their dog to walk on a treadmill, but that
doesn’t help the owner get in shape!
8. Road race. Once you’ve both increased your conditioning, consider participating in a short road race with your dog. 5k is a popular distance for
human-dog running teams.
9. Playing fetch. Traditional fetch is great for the dog but doesn’t do much for the
owner. Mix it up a bit. Throw the ball, and then you both run after it. You’ll never win, but you’ll get some great exercise in the process. Get the ball back
from your dog and repeat. See who decides to give up first!
Dogs love to be active, but they’re quite content to sleep the day away if there’s
nothing interesting going on. Just because your dog is content lying around all day
doesn’t make it acceptable.
You can share time and get in shape together. Lose a few pounds and increase your
fitness together. You’ll both have a great time.
*Sophia is fit and highly active. By practicing this with Sophia, I’ve lost 15 lbs and and counting! You can do this!