From dealing with the early signs of depression to lowering your blood pressure level, owning a dog can really give you numerous health benefits. Other than that, your four-legged friend can also help in increasing your fitness routine by working out together. To ensure that both you and your pooch stay fit, we’ve listed down several workout activities that both of you can really enjoy.

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  1. Walking. If you’ve always lead your pooch into specific paths on your previous walking exercises, then it might time to change your routine by allowing him to take charge on your walk exercises. Let your pet lead you on his chosen path and pace this time, and you’ll be surprise as to where his nose can take you. Just ensure though, that you don’t fall into a duct or trespass on a private lot.
  1. Doing an Obstacle Course. There’s no need for you to enrol your pet in some fancy training program just to keep him fit. You can simply set up your obstacle course by looking for items in your neighbourhood like an elevated platform that he can easily jump over, or going into an uphill slope where both of you can run.
  1. Playing Fetch. What better way to make your dog exercise than to play fetch. This game is so versatile that it suits any size or breed of dog, and can even be done in your garden, a spacious indoor garage or in an empty lot. All you’ll need is an item that you can easily throw around for your pet to retrieve repeatedly.


  1. Jogging. So long as they are already over 18 months old and are physically healthy, dogs actually make great running buddies. Start your running exercise by doing 10-minute runs, while adding 10 minutes weekly until you’ve reached your desired distance and time. This gradual build-up is what allows the connective tissues and muscles of your dog to adapt to the jogging activity without getting injured.
  1. Rollerblading or Biking. Since it’s an advanced level of workout routine, biking and rollerblading are routines that are only suited for large dogs. Your dog should also be a year and a half old to start biking longer distances. As you start the activity, ensure that you build up both of your stamina gradually and just exercise within the means of your dog. Put a special bike leash on him, and let him walk or run beside you as you pedal or skate.

While it’s a good way to engage your pet into any of the aforementioned activities, it would still be best to consult a vet first to see if he is in a good condition to perform such exercises. That way, you’ll be able to exercise with your dog without worrying about the possibility of experiencing any form of injury.



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