Unorthodox Ways to Get in Shape With Your Dog
By Dr. Jessica Vogelsang for The Dog Daily
Everyone knows walking is a great way for both you and your dog to stay in shape. But maybe, like many people, you’re finding yourself bored with the same routine every day. If you’re looking to shake up your healthy lifestyle this year, why not try out some of these unusual ways people are getting healthy with their pets?
Doga: The health benefits of yoga aren’t just for humans. Small dogs love being held and lifted as they are incorporated into poses. Large dogs can be used to help balance, to stretch and to improve range of motion. Of course, being petted as a way to help center your mind as you both work on your downward dog is also welcome by your dog. Namaste!
Urban Mushing: Once limited to people in arctic climates, urban mushing has become a popular way for energetic dogs in all regions to run and have fun. Dogs can be fitted with special harnesses in order to pull their owners on scooters, in-line skates and even skateboards in places that never see snow.
Paddleboarding: Paddleboarding, a water sport in which people stand upright on a special board and use a kayak paddle to propel themselves, is well-known as an incredible core workout. Dogs enjoy the exercise of maintaining balance in tandem with their owner, and most of them end up taking a swim as well.
Agility: Agility is a sport that raises the heartbeats of both dogs and owners as you race through an obstacle course of teeter-totters, tunnels and hurdles. For those with a special talent for it, AKC-sponsored agility competitions and titles have been opened up to dogs of all breeds and types, regardless of pedigree.
Whether you’re a water baby, a yogini or a snow dog, there’s a fun way to stay in shape that both you and your dog are sure to love!
Dr. Jessica Vogelsang is a small animal veterinarian and pet aficionado from San Diego, Calif. When she's not at work or with her family of two and her four-legged creatures, you can find her blogging about life with pets at PawCurious.com. Dr. Vogelsang's articles have previously appeared in The Dog Daily.