Overweight is a real problem in modern life and obese pet’s numbers are growing too. After a long, cold winter, most of us gained some extra pounds. Now, when the weather is nice, Why not put on the sneakers and go out burn calories with your dog the fun way.
Here are some easy (if not, do it gradually) to burn some calories while having wonderful, bonding time with your dog. Even if he is not overweight, he’ll love the activity. So don’t use it as an excuse
Walking the dog – do it twice a day. He needs it and it’ll benefit you.
Take new routes so you will not be bored.
Change pace, start slow, increase it for a few minutes and back to the slower pace. Don’t overdo at the beginning. In time, you’ll be able to go quicker and be less tired.
Benefits: Max has so much energy that, if not released, may result in restlessness and aggression (some breeds need harder work than others). You are doing a big part of the 10,000 daily steps recommended and burning calories. You’ll meet other pet lovers, neighbors, who are walking their dogs. What a great way to socialize for human and animal.
Hiking – If you love the outdoors, why not choosing a nice park, where pets allowed, and go hiking. Beginners (human and dog) should start with a short, flat and easy trail. When you feel you both ready, take harder trail. Don’t forget to have water bottles for you and for your 4 – legged companion. Treats should be helpful, if you need him to do something he doesn’t realty want to do along the walk. Small breeds can’t walk very long distances, so plane the road with the dog abilities in mind.
Benefits: This is a full body and cardiovascular exercise for both of you. Improves body health and fitness. Burn calories and gives overall good physical and mental feeling.
Playing in the backyard – It is tempting to open the door and let the dog out. Instead, throw a ball and compete with him, who gets the ball first. Play tug while alternating hands. Chase each other (this is one of my dog’ s favorites).
Do activities on a regular basis. Be innovative and create new games you and your dog enjoy together. Not only you lose weight, but you bond with your dog more than ever.
More ideas for dog and owner exercising on our 4-legged blog.
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