We all know how important it is to keep ourselves fit and healthy and with our canine friends, it is no different.
The food we give our dogs plays a big part in their overall health but exercise plays a vital role too, and there are many other options outside of walks that are fun for the dogs as well as us humans!
With summer around the corner, many of us will be thinking about getting out there and getting fit again and there is no reason why we can’t include our pups in that too.
Running with your Dog
Running is a great way to get fit with your dog, if you are in an area where dogs need to be restrained there are various hands free lead options out there.
Swimming & Hydrotherapy
Just like us humans, swimming is a fantastic way to get and keep fit and is a fun activity for the dogs aside from the normal walks. Taking your dog to the beach for a swim or a paddle is the perfect way to help them get some exercise but it can also aid in the recovery of limbs from surgery or even ease the pain of arthritis or joint discomfort in our older pets. For those of who don’t have access to beaches or bodies of water, booking a hydrotherapy session is a relatively inexpensive alternative.
For a bit of fun and a change from the usual forms of exercise, dog agility courses offer another way to help your dog keep fit and also can be a bonding experience for both human and canine.
You do not need to go to a professional circuit, in fact, it is possible to build your own course at home whether in the garden or living room. With a few simple household items, you can build something to challenge the dog mentally and physically. For example if you have a pop up play tunnel that kids use, and a few wash baskets upside down with mop or brush poles laid on the top making a jump, you have your own small agility course which can be set up either inside or outside.
Oralade & Canine Fitness
Just like us when we exercise, dogs need to stay hydrated to be able to remain fit and healthy. Oralade is the perfect way to rehydrate, containing all the electrolytes our furry friends need.