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Be Workout Buddies With Your Dog

How does our resident style editor Gnocchi look so good, you ask? Sure, it helps to be blessed with a sense of style and dressed with all the fabulous clothes and accessories we’ve got at Pet-a-Pawter, but let’s not forget that health and beauty go hand in hand.

You’re likely aware of the benefits of having a workout buddy. Have you tried buddying up with your furry friend? It’s a great way for both of you to get some exercise and make it a fun bonding experience all at the same time.

Here are some ideas to get you started, approved by Gnocchi as well:

Get active indoors

Join your dog for a zoomie and run around the house or up and down the stairs. If you’re a bit constrained for space, you can always make your pooch work for his treats. Throw in a bit of excitement by hiding a few treats around the place and using a laser pointer sparingly as hints.

Word to the wise:

It’s important to give your dog something tangible to catch when playing with laser beams. They trigger the innate prey drive in dogs, who need to be rewarded for their vigilance to not get depressed!

Enjoy the great outdoors

Who doesn’t like to go outside and play some good old-fashioned fetch? Your canine companion can make a great running partner as well, though not all breeds are equal. Given their different builds, some are built for endurance runs (e.g. Weimaraners, goldendoodles and Jack Russell terriers), while others are better off sprinting (e.g. beagles, Labrador retrievers and greyhounds).

For a high-intensity workout that’s easier on the joints than running – true for both you and your pooch – go for a swim! Water spaniels, golden retrievers and English setters, for instance, are particularly strong swimmers and enjoy being in the water.

Word to the wise:

Always carry plenty of water with you when you’re out exercising with your dog! Ice is even better if you’re in hotter climate. Watch out for any signs of overworking or overheating – it’s time for a break if your pooch is panting a little much or starting to slow down.

Need more motivation?

Never underestimate the power of simple exercise in reducing joint pains and diabetes risks! Playtime with your canine friend can simultaneously do wonders to your overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity 5 days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activities 3 days a week. We recommend matching the exercise intensity with your dog’s breed and making it fun for you both!

 

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Posted on October 08 2014

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