WARNING

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Close [x]

Pet-Friendly Exercises Offer Benefits for Both You and Your Pet

Exercise is the key to good health, whether you're a person or a pet. When your life is busy, it can be difficult enough to devote a half-hour to a work out, let alone find an extra hour to spend with your pet. Why not save a little time and exercise with your furry friend? These pet-friendly exercises will help you and your dog or cat strengthen your muscles, improve your heart health and keep off those extra pounds.

Fetch

By making a few simple changes, both you and your pet can benefit from this classic game. Usually, your dog gets all the exercise when the two of you play fetch. In this twist, you'll both benefit. As soon as you throw the ball or other object, jog in place or do a few lunges while you wait for your furry friend to return. Want to really get your heart pumping? Run alongside your pet as he or she races to retrieve a ball or Frisbee.

Some cats also enjoy a game of fetch. Although you'll probably play the game indoors with your cat, you can still jog in place or do a few exercises while your feline friend runs back and forth.

Walking and Running

If you only take your dog out for potty breaks, you won't enjoy nearly the same benefits of a long run or walk. Walking and running can help your puppy or young dog burn off excess energy and keep your older pet's joints and muscles limber.

Some cats also enjoy walks. If you would like to walk with your cat, you'll need to purchase a harness, rather than a collar. If your cat doesn't object to the harness, attach a lead and try a short walk. You don't even have to leave your yard for walks. Laps around the backyard can be a very effective way to get a little exercise.

Indoor Fishing

Many cats enjoy batting at dangling objects attached to toy fishing poles. There's no reason that you have to remain in one place while you play with your cat. Dangle the pole while you complete a circuit throughout your house or hold the pole in one hand while you exercise.

Agility Training

Agility training is a lot of fun for you and your dog. During agility classes, your dog slithers through tunnels, jumps over bars and navigates an entire obstacle course. You'll run along alongside your dog as he or she masters the course. If both you and your dog enjoy the activity, you can even enter agility competitions in your area. If you don't want to take an agility class or join a club, you can build your own obstacle course in your backyard.

Doga

Do you love yoga? Why not practice it with your dog? During doga sessions, you'll massage your pet's muscles and help him or perfect specially adapted yoga poses that you'll perform together. Doga offers the perfect opportunity to spend a little one-on-one time with your pet while you both get a little exercise. Doga isn't a good choice for all dogs. If you have a playful puppy or a high-energy dog, it might be a challenge to coax your pet into slowing down enough to participate. If Doga classes aren't available in your city, check out a few online videos.

Things to Think About Before You Exercise with Your Pet

Before you begin an exercise program with your pet, keep these things in mind:

  • Start slowly. If your pet isn't accustomed to long walks or runs, it will take a little while to build endurance.
  • Skip outdoor activities when it's very hot or humid. Schedule exercise time for the cooler evening or morning hours during the summer. If you notice that your pet is panting heavily, it's time to take a break or end the exercise session for the day.
  • Offer water regularly during the exercise session.
  • Tailor the exercise to the pet. For example, fetch may be a better game for a short-legged dachshund than long runs.

Exercising with your pet is an excellent way for both of you to stay in shape. If you have any concerns about your pet's health, or it's time for your furry friend's annual exam, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

Health: 13 Fun Ways to Work Out with Your Dog

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20938047,00.html#dog-friendly-boot-camp

Animal Planet: 10 Fun Ways to Exercise with Your Dog

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20938047,00.html#dog-friendly-boot-camp

Prevention: 10 Ways to Exercise with Your Pet, 11/16/11

http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/fun-ways-lose-weight-your-pet

New York Times: Bonding with Their Downward Facing Humans, 4/8/09

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/fashion/09fitness.html

Cesar’s Way: Benefits of Dog Agility Training

https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-training/toys-and-play/benefits-of-dog-agility-training

Exclusive Offer

New patients get 50% OFF office call!

Sign-up using the form or call us at 208-436-9818 to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

THIS ---->https://rupertanimalcliniccom.vetmatrixbase.com/index.php

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00am5:30pm
Tuesday8:00am5:30pm
Wednesday8:00am5:30pm
Thursday8:00am5:30pm
Friday8:00am5:30pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed
Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am 8:00am Closed
5:30pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 5:30pm 1:00pm Closed

Testimonial

Don't take a good vet for granted, that's what I say. I currently live in another state and have taken my 10 year old dog to numerous vets over the years (California, Colorado, Vegas, and then some). Never have I ever received the attention and care I've gotten w/Dr. Hines. Within the past 3 months alone, my dog went to 3 different vets for a horrible and painful skin problem that broke out all over her body.

The first vet: I spent more time ponying up the $175 for the visit than the Dr. spent actually looking at my dog. He performed a woods lamp exam for ringworm. Even without Google or a veterinary degree, I could tell it wasn't ringworm. Thanks for taking my money.
Second vet: "Here's some spray, now here's your bill. Bring her back in two weeks so I can charge you another visit." No tests, nothing.
Between the two, I felt like I got nowhere. No definitive answer on why this affected my dog and the medication given wasn't even for a diagnosed condition. Just some general topical spray. I could have bought it at Petsmart and saved myself the time and money.
Recently, on a visit to Idaho, I planned ahead to bring my dog to the Rupert Animal Clinic. I asked the same questions, had the same concerns and now have different results. Dr. Hines gave me options on what route to take, ran appropriate tests and communicated with me every step of the way (even calling me personally when test results came in). My primary concern was cancer. Our dog is like our child- we'll pay the money if we can keep her healthy and safe. In the future, I've resolved to bring my dog to Rupert Animal Clinic on our annual trip for all of her exams. I know she won't be treated as a little cash cow to exploit an owner's love for pets.

Sung L.
Rupert, ID

Newsletter Sign Up