You know we are obsessed with good dog health here at dogPACER. And we are always trying to think of fun new ways to help keep your dog fit. Sometimes, this can mean thinking outside of the box, and developing fun new exercises and games that will not only keep your dog fit, but will also keep them happy, too. And there is nothing in the world better than a happy dog. So here, for your consideration, 5 awesome yet unconventional dog exercises.
Hide and Seek
This one is a great deal of fun and so simple. Hide a favorite toy or a treat, and excitedly encourage them to go around the house or yard and look for it. Not only does this provide great exercise, but it also works the dog’s brain, making it smarter.
There are usually one or two places in every city that has these, even if you are unaware. An agility challenge is something like an obstacle course that the dog can run through to get exercise and test its abilities in various scenarios. Not only will the dog enjoy it, but it provides much excitement and a solid workout, too.
Yup, we said it. Dog yoga is slowly catching on across the country, and the people who do it, swear by it. We have brought it up many times for this exact reason. Great for teaching the dog patience, and great as a general workout, dog yoga has caught fire on the West Coast, and here’s hoping it catches more on the East Coast as well.
Some people get scared to leash-bike because it means putting your dog in control of where you go by having its leash tied to your handlebars. So, in essence, the dog is sort of the driver, and you are just at its mercy. While some think this means a stray squirrel could sign your demise, the reality is, dogs learn pretty quickly they are carrying and leading us in that scenario, so they don’t act as wild as you would imagine. But, just in case, wear protective gear, pads, and a helmet.
Say what you want, but these things are changing the world, one out-of-shape dog at a time. And the reasons to use one are many, including injury on the owner’s part, or living in a place known for inclement weather. But really, at this point, these is no excuse why there should be any overweight or unhappy dogs.