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10 Ways to Exercise with Your Dog

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10 Ways to Exercise with Your Dog

We all know that exercise is important, both for our physical and mental health. But sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to get up and move. If you’re a dog owner, though, you’ve got the perfect workout buddy right at your feet! Exercising with your dog is also a great way for you and your dog to bond. Check out these 10 fun exercise ideas you can do with your dog!golden retriever running through the field, mid-air

1. Go for a run or walk

This one is pretty obvious, but it’s a great way to get in some cardio while spending quality time with your furry friend. And it’s not just good for your physical health—research has shown that walking can also help improve your mood and reduce stress levels. Try out our Julius-K9 harnesses so your dog is comfortable and secure while on your hike! So put on your sneakers and hit the pavement!Julius-K9 Dog Harness - IDC Power Harness Black

2. Play fetch

Fetch is a classic game that’s beloved by dogs and humans alike. Not only is it a great way to bond with your pet, but it’s also a great way to get in some cardio while you’re at it. Just make sure you have plenty of energy to keep up—after all, dogs are known for their boundless energy! Try out a variety of different dog toys to see what works best for fetch. The KONG SqueakAir balls are a classic. But a Chuckit! will be easier for you to throw long distances. Always make sure to have water packed for you and your dog so neither one of you gets overheated.KONG Dog Toy - SqueakAir® Ball - Each

3. Take a hike

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, why not take your workout to the great outdoors? Hiking is a great way to explore nature while getting some exercise, and it’s even better when you’ve got a furry hiking buddy by your side. Just be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for both of you! Try out the Dexas Bowl and Bottle Snack Duo— it has a compartment you can fill with snacks and a compartment you fill with water. Then, you just pour the water in the collapsible bowl attachment! It’s the perfect accessory for the dog and human that love to hike and exercise outdoors.

4. Do some yard work together

Yard work might not sound like much fun, but it’s actually a great workout—and it’s even better when you’ve got some help from your furry friend. Just make sure they don’t get too excited and start digging holes everywhere! older man and his dog in a garden

5. Go swimming

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Swimming is a great low-impact workout that’s perfect for hot summer days. And what could be more fun than splashing around in the pool with your best friend? Just be sure to supervise them closely, as not all dogs are natural swimmers.

6. Have a dance party

Dogs love music just as much as we do, so why not have a little dance party together? Not only is dancing a great workout, but it’s also a great way to relieve stress and boost your mood—and your dog will love joining in on the fun!

7. Play frisbee or catch

If you’re looking for something a little more active than fetch, try playing frisbee or catch with your dog! They’ll love chasing after the Frisbee, and you’ll love getting in some cardio while you’re at it. Just be careful not to throw them too hard—you don’t want to hurt them!Chuckit! Dog Toy - Sport-18M

8. Go rollerblading or skating together

Rollerblading or skating is a great way to get in some cardio, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. That’s why it’s always better to skate with a partner—and what better partner than your furry friend? Just be sure they don’t get too excited and start running off ahead of you!mixed breed dog smiling at the camera and sitting in the green grass

9. Do some agility training together

Agility training is often thought of as something that’s only for competitive dogs, but that’s not true! Any dog can benefit from agility training, and it can be a lot of fun for both of you—plus, it might just give you an edge in the next big race!

10. Have a picnic in the park

What better way to enjoy the summer weather than by having a picnic in the park? And what could make it more enjoyable than sharing it with your furry friend? Just remember to pack enough food (and water) for both of you!

These are just 10 ideas—there are endless possibilities when it comes to exercising with your dog! So get out there and start exploring—you might just find that working out is more fun than you ever thought possible.

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