Wellness Wednesday – Benefits of Exercising with your Dog

With cooler weather fast approaching many of us are quick to fall out of an exercise routine. Daily exercise isn’t only beneficial to our health, but it’s also beneficial to our pets. Keep reading to find out 5 benefits of exercise for both us and our furry friends as well as some examples of exercise we can do to get our dogs moving!

 

BENEFITS FOR YOUR DOG

 

1. HELPS TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE COMMON BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS SUCH AS…
Digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity. A lot of times dogs act up simply
because they have too much stored energy. By getting your dog active you will see a
change in the way you dog behaves.

 

2. HELPS TO KEEP DOGS HEALTHY, AGILE AND LIMBER
Just like humans, exercise will help our dogs stay fit and in shape. That’s why it’s important to
keep an exercise routine that gets your dog moving.

 

3. HELPS TIMID OR FEARFUL DOGS BUILD CONFIDENCE AND TRUST
If your dog is a little uneasy while out and about, taking your dog out daily will help give your
dog the boost of confidence it needs to feel safe and accepted in this big, noisy world.

 

4. HELPS DOGS FEEL SLEEPY, RATHER THAN RESTLESS, AT BEDTIME OR WHEN YOU’RE
RELAXING
If you have a dog that is a restless sleeper, getting your dog moving on a regular basis will tire
your dog out and in return help him sleep better at night.

 

5. HELPS TO KEEP DOGS’ WEIGHT UNDER CONTROL
Just like humans, regular exercise will help keep your dogs’ weight at a healthy number. By
exercising on a normal basis, your dog will be able to maintain its weight while having fun.

 

BENEFITS FOR YOU

 

1. BOOST YOUR MOOD
We all know that exercise is good for our health but did you know it is also a way to boost our
mood? Not only will you feel great but you will also have more energy to do things that will
make you happy.

 

2. LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood
with less effort therefore lowering your blood pressure. To keep your blood pressure low you
must keep an exercise routine.

 

3. EXERCISE PROMOTES BETTER SLEEP
Just like dogs, getting out and moving will help you sleep better at night. It is said that
exercise triggers an increase in body temperature, and the post-exercise drop in temperature
helps promote better sleep.

 

4. KEEP YOU MOTIVATED TO EXERCISE REGULARLY
By keeping an exercise routine, it will help you keep your mind set of being health and
active. It’s also a good idea to set mini goals to help with your motivation.

 

5. STRENGTHEN YOUR BOND WITH YOUR PET
Did you know that your dog pays more attention to what you do rather than what you say? By
exercising on a regular basis it teaches your dog that its one-on-one time. Creating that
normalcy helps your dog grow a deeper connection with you and to expect that time with you
each day.

 

5 EXERCISES YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR PET

 

1. JOGGING/RUNNING OR WALKING
This is the most common exercise to do with your dog. Running and even walking is a great
way to get moving and increase your heart rate.

 

2. KAYAKING
With a little patience (and a life jacket for peace of mind), you can train your dog to sit on the
front of your kayak. The good thing is, most dogs are natural swimmers.

 

3. AGILITY TRAINING
Many dog parks are adding agility courses, which are like obstacle courses for dogs. Agility
training is a great idea if you want to teach your dog obedience skills at the same time that
you get some exercise. All the running around with your dog on the course will help you get
some cardio and burn off those calories.

 

4. DOGA
Another new exercise you can do with your dog is dogs. Dog + Yoga = Doga! Being present in
the moment is not only easy for you but you will find its pretty easy for your pup. Where do
you think they came up with downward dog?

 

5. RUN IN CIRCLES
Running your dog in circles is a classic. You have probably been doing this exercise with your
dog since you were little and din’t even realize you were exercising. So keep going in circles
and getting that heart rate up!

 

Now that you know some facts about the benefits of exercising with your dog, I hope this will motivate you to form an exercise habit so that you can see results in both you and your pup. Now throw on those tennis shoes, grab that leash and get moving!

 

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