Having a nice walk, jog or run with your dog can be one of the best things you can do for both you and your pet. However, pets can get tired out just like us, and they may even need a few breaks during your workout. Plus, you may need to bring a few extra items, like water, when you are working out with your dog. If you haven’t worked out with your pet before, here a few simple tips:
- Give your pet a quality workout: Taking your dog outside around the corner to do his or her business isn’t really considered a workout. Plan just how far you want to go with your pet and set a goal. Everyday you may be able to go farther than the last time you walked with your dog. Letting your dog get some good walking, jogging or running in before you take off your sneakers can help with aggression and anxiety.
- Bring water: Sure, it’s easy to pick up a water bottle for yourself, but don’t forget one for Fido. Dogs get thirsty no matter how quick of pace you are keeping. That’s why it’s important to always have fresh water for your pet. If carrying an extra water container is too much hassle, try using one that’s attached right to your pet’s leash – just like the Refined Canine Water Walker Dog Leash.
- Set a healthy pace: Although it’s nice to really workout hard sometimes, your dog may not be able to keep up a quick pace for as long as you can. This is especially true for pets that haven’t “worked out” in a while, and those with short legs. As a pet parent, it’s up to you to set a moderate pace for your pet. When you see panting, it means you need to slow down. You also never want to be dragging your pet behind you.
- Stop to smell the roses: Stopping from time to time to sniff out new smells is OK. Remember, this isn’t a marathon; you are spending time with your dog. So allow for some much needed exploration time. As another option, try playing fetch with a stick, or another toy you may have brought with you. This is a great way to continue exercising while adding an element of fun!
- Safety first: Working out with your pet is meant to be fun, so make sure you are equipped for any unforeseen issues, like a scrap or sprain. Just like humans, dogs can have little accidents too. It’s always a good idea to keep a pet first aid kit with you if you plan on long journeys. Otherwise, just may sure you have one in your car (if you have driven to a hiking/walking trail) or in your house for when you return.
No matter what type of pathway you favor, it’s easy to keep your pet happy, healthy and safe during your workouts!