Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Best Ways To Exercise Your Dog


We all love man`s best friend – the dog – for which we try to do our best for them. One of the things especially important is bringing them for walks and they love it even more than us. As winter begins to creep in, the cold air and rainy evenings can easily hinder our exercising intentions. It is essential that your dog get as much exercise in winter as they would in the summer months. Even if you can’t bring them for a walk there are plenty of more ways to make sure they exude their energy. Making sure your dog exercises is just as important as having pet health insurance or looking after their veterinary requirements. Here are a few ideas to keep your dog active. 

Stairs
Using the stairs in your house is a great way to tire your dog out. Your dog will get endless entertainment from running up and down the stairs and the steps will add an additional workout compared to your usual walk around the local roads or park. Engage your dog by standing at the top of the stairs with a toy, throw it to the bottom of the stairs and play fetch. After a few rounds of this you’ll certainly be filling a bowl of water for your little pup.

Dogs on stairs
Obstacle Course
Dogs love to play with, tug and pull at absolutely everything. How often has your dog entered the home to instantly look around for something that can be used for his or her own entertainment? Why not make this an exercise routine and create an obstacle course with different items from around the house, basement and garage? Use your kid’s old hula hoop as a target to jump through or build a tunnel with cushions. Lead your dog through a series of different obstacles and you will be sure to have created a physical and mental challenge for your favorite pet.

Dogs play

Treadmill
A great way to get your dog active in the winter months is by introducing them to the treadmill. It is essential that you slowly introduce your dog to the treadmill to ensure that they adapt to the motion and the sound. Place your dog on the treadmill when it is off and give him a treat, slowly turn it on to the lowest speed. Give your dog treats to keep him on the treadmill, he will slowly get used to it and enjoy the exercise. You and your dog may feel more comfortable by using a leash; this may only be required for initial stability. 

Dog on Treadmill

Tug of War
Tug of War is a great game for dog owners to play with their favourite pets. Before playing this game, be confident that you have a very healthy, trusting relationship with your dog as it can bring the predator our in your dog. Your dog will get right into the spirit of the game, as will you; it's guaranteed to have both pet and owner working up a sweat. 

They’re just a few great ways to get your dog active indoors. Avoid the lazy winter slump and use your imagination to come up with even more ideas to get your dog exercising, it’s simple, its healthy and most of all, it’s fun!

IvetaIvanova
Author Bio : IvetaIvanova is a fond freelance writer with lots of interests such as animals, healthy life, travelling, technology and digital marketing. She likes seeing the positive side of everything to make the most of life. She writes on behalf of pet insurance.

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