From the blog series, “A Girl’s Best Friend”, by Chelsea Reber.
We all know exercising is important for our health. Lucky for us, there are about one MILLION ways to exercise; everything from Zumba to weight training. But what about your furry, four-legged friend? Exercise is just as important for your dog as it is for you.
Dogs, young or old, should get daily exercise. And although sticking fido in the backyard during the day offers him the opportunity to run around for a few hours, exercising WITH your dog is beneficial for you too!
Koda LOVES to walk around our neighborhood. She gets to sniff new smells, stretch out her legs, and I burn a few extra calories too.
Two words: dog park. Her ears pop straight up, and she starts spinning around in circles. Not only does she get to make new friends (or at least sniff some new butts), but the dog park offers a huge space for her to explore. Only 45 minutes to an hour at the dog park, and Koda has had her workout for the day.
Koda and Moose enjoying a day at the dog park.
Just like with humans, there are a few safety guidelines to remember when exercising your pooch:
- Be certain your dog has plenty of water available at all times
- If your dog has a medical problem, consult a vet about exercise limitations
- It’s better to exercise in the early morning or late evening when the heat is less than 80 degrees and the humidity is lower than midday conditions
Dogs are amazing athletes, so give your pup his/her time to shine!
Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog.