5 Ways to Help Your Dog Get Enough Exercise

When adding a pet to your family, you sign up for the responsibility of all their needs. One of the biggest responsibilities that is often neglected can be exercise. Although we would love to cling to our air-conditioned homes during the hot summer months, sometimes we must get outside for the sake of our dogs. However, watch out for those extreme heat days that could potentially be dangerous for your pet! Don’t miss Petplan’s chart on the risk of taking your pet outside.

When all is safe for you and your pet, here are a few ideas on how to get your dog outside for some exercise!

1. Exercise for your dog… and you, too!

I can go on and on about this topic! When I had my boxer, we would go on runs around the neighborhood. Nothing acts as better motivation than your dog pulling the leash with excitement to keep going. Once your pet is tired, it’s about time for you to be done as well. You can use the opportunity to create a better bond between you and your pet.

2. Visit a Dog Park

Dog parks can be a great way to meet other pet owners and give your dogs some new pals. While they run their little hearts out, you could relax with friends or family. The area creates a more natural setting for dogs to experience their exercise. However, don’t forget you cannot control the actions of other dogs, so watch your pup closely!

3. A Classic Game of Fetch

A tale as old as time: the game of fetch. A simple concept of throw and receive, this classic game will work for most dogs. By the consistent throwing involved, your pet continuously runs back and forth without missing a beat. Even better, this game doesn’t necessarily need to be outside!

4. Fun Gadgets!

The internet remains full with new and trendy gadgets for the simplest of tasks. One of my personal favorites, the automatic ball thrower, I discovered through a viral video of a dog playing fetch all by himself. After about thirty more times of watching the video, I searched the internet for similar toys. I have found many similar products from hundreds of brands! Take a quick search for some creative exercise toys.

5. Take Them For Errands

We all know the feeling of having a to-do list that seems endless. When you know you’re not going to be back home all day, consider bringing your furry friend with you! That being said, make sure you don’t leave them alone in your car. Many places have now become pet-friendly and the day will go by so much faster! Little do you realize, all the walking acts as a full workout for your dog.

How do you make sure your pup gets enough exercise? Leave a comment and let us know!