How to Turn Your Dog Into a Workout Partner
Working out with a partner is more fun and can yield even better results than working out alone. However, you don’t need to convince a friend or a random stranger every day to jog or exercise with you (that would be creepy and dangerous for a total stranger!). Don’t go any further; you can actually make your furry friend your workout buddy.
Jog And Run With Your Dog
Dogs are known to be productive and happy-go-lucky partners. You ask them to accompany you outside, and they would be on their feet, wagging their tails in no time. This is a very distinguishing trait from us humans.
Dogs are very active, especially on a sunny day. Maybe there will be a lot of stops for your dog to take a pee, potty, or when a curious object gets their attention. However, keep in mind that our furry friends are trainable using verbal or physical cues. They can distinguish walking time from jogging and running time. As long as you keep this practice and habit of running and jogging every morning, your dog will be accustomed to it in the succeeding weeks to come.
Be Creative During A Fetch Game
No matter how far the toy goes, a dog will do his best to fetch it and get it back to you. Use the idle and waiting time to perform exercise routines like push-ups, weights, or sit-ups under time pressure. Perform some stretching and your dog will be your timer. Reward him with a treat every time he comes back with the toy.
Race With Your Dog
This one is another variation of the fetch game. This time, you try to catch up with your dog as he fetches the toy too. You can start throwing it to a short distance and race against your workout buddy. This exercise is considered a High-Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT), which is very good in increasing your metabolic rate and can help you burn more calories.
Teach your dog not to be scared of water. Never assume that your dog can swim because he needs training first. If your dog loves swimming, then this activity is a good idea for both of you. Swimming is an excellent workout because it’s your whole body against the water. Be wary of the precautionary measures, however, this activity can become uncomfortable for dogs too after some time.
Walk With Weights
The feeling of having someone like a dog walking with you is better than walking alone (and also safer!). Make your daily walking duties with your dog even more beneficial by carrying a gym plate or a dumbbell. Walking with weights can help you burn more calories. Start with a 2-lb weight and increase it every other week or if you think it’s already too light after some time.
You can, in fact, trade your gym membership for these new types of workout. Working out with your dog can benefit both of you, physically and mentally. Not to mention the bonding experience that you will surely enjoy before you start your official duties for the day.