Countless studies have left no question that pets are generally good for your health, providing the body with numerous benefits that range from lowering blood pressure to reducing the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It has even been shown that a pet owner can improve their emotional well-being by just thinking about their cherished animal, just as much as thinking of special someone would do. Dogs arguably make the best workout partners. Training with your dog is a perfect way of ensuring they get enough exercise. Today, experts estimate that perhaps as many as 35 percent of pets overweight and at a greater risk for serious conditions like arthritis, breathing problems, heart disease, and diabetes. To address these issues, the list below highlights some great training tips to make sure that you and your dog are getting all the exercise you need.
A brisk daily walk can work great wonders for you and your dog’s immune system, weight management, and cardiovascular fitness. However, despite the relative ease, many pet owners regard walking their pets a boring chore and find it hard to get the necessary motivation to get moving. You can utilize your dog’s unflagging stamina and natural impulse to get outdoors as your encouragement to leave your house. Interval walking; where you take multiple short walks daily, is ideal for older, younger, or physically challenged pooches. Longer strolls of at least over 20 minutes, will work for dogs not in those categories, as they will not only increase you and your pet’s heart rate, but will also greatly boost both your metabolisms.
Next, hold on to the toy as you undergo the motions of your sit-ups. Make as if you’re tossing the toy as you reach the top of the motion.
This exercise is a great way to crunch and tone your abs while your dog sprints away to play fetch. Pulling it off is relatively easy. First, you grab your dog’s favorite fetch toy and assume a sit-up position on the ground. Next, hold on to the toy as you undergo the motions of a sit-up, and make as if you’re tossing it as you reach the top of the motion. Your dog will go chasing after it, only to later realize that you still possess the toy. Continue doing your sit-ups, as you pretend to pitch the toy each time. Get in as many reps as possible until the dog gives up and stops playing along. This exercise can be exhausting for both you and your dog, so make sure that you have a dog with lots of energy and stamina, a pit bull terrier for example.
Squats will rapidly firm your thighs and butt while your dog gets a great cardiovascular workout through jumping. You should start by standing with your legs roughly shoulder-width apart. By squatting and tapping your dog with their favorite toy, and then lifting the toy above your head with each subsequent rise, the pooch will definitely jump for it every time. It is in the dog’s nature and it just can’t help itself!
This is a popular, organized, and competitive sport among dogs, during which they are judged on speed and agility as they tackle different obstacle courses. Agility training also provides a good workout for the trainer. To successfully usher your dog through the obstacle routines, you may have to run alongside barking commands and offering treats for exceptional performance. Your dog’s strength and coordination will vastly improve as you both enjoy a cardiovascular workout.
This exercise is not unlike the game you played as a child. It is also a superb sprinting exercise for you and your dog. You start by tagging your pet pooch, running around outdoors and letting him or her chase after you. It should only take a few minutes to get your heart rates soaring to unimaginable levels. Another version would involve you tossing your dog’s favorite toy outside, and then racing the mutt to see who will get to it first. Wrestling the toy from the dog’s grip, tossing it, and racing again, is a great way to get both your heart’s pumping and to provide countless hours of fun exercise.
Going up those stairs together will sculpt your lower extremities and help your dog burn off extra calories. You simply just have to place your pooch on a leash and pick any long staircase nearby that is not usually busy. The bleachers at your local school or park should suffice. Ascend and descend the stairs as many times as you can with your dog by your side, and vary the speed of your steps for a more elaborate workout. For a more versatile workout, try taking two steps at a time, widening your stance, or running up the stairs sideways.
You must always remember that dogs don’t sweat, but rather pant, when they need to cool down. Therefore, the best time to train with your dog outside is either in the morning or evening, when temperatures are relatively cool. By adapting the exercises detailed above as part of your training regimen, you will inevitably come to the undeniable realization that training with your dog provides you with a logical and mutually-beneficial opportunity to increase both your physical activities.
So, grab your dog and go for a good exercise session, and if you do not currently have one, there are numerous resources out there to help you find puppies in your area!