Need an exercise partner? Look no further than your owned four-legged buddy! Exercising isn’t only beneficial your own health, but it’s also beneficial for your dog’s health too. If you don’t have a dog, your local animal shelters or rescue organizations could always use a dog walker.
In a recent survey conducted by Michigan State University, dog owners were 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week than those that don’t have a pet.
Walking your dog can allow to burn over 150 calories, help to lower your blood pressure, build muscle, and decrease stress. A walk with your dog also has many benefits for the animal as well. Walking improves their overall health, helps to keep them lean, helps improve liver function, and wards off insulin resistance.
Exercise also helps to settle an active dog by providing an opportunity to burn extra energy. Exercise is not only limited to waling. Dog behaviorist Caesar Milan says climbing steps, simple obstacle courses, hide and seek with toys or treats, keep away, and fetch are always favorites of pets and owners as well. It is important to note that tug of war can be risky if you don’t have control over your dog, so play with caution!
Depending on your dog, swimming is also a great form of exercise. Always make sure that your dog is in a safe environment, free of other animals such as alligators and snakes. Before going for a swim, ensure that your dog can easily exit the pool or lake.
Exercising with a pet is beneficial both and requires very little equipment and planning. You will need a good pair of shows and your dog will need a walking harness and leash. Always bring water so that you and your pet stay hydrated, and don’t forget the plastic bags to cleanup after your pet