Exercise and play are both extremely important to our dog’s health and wellbeing. A dog who is exercised every day will be calmer when you are at home and healthier too. The right amount of exercise is essential for your dog’s bones, joints, lungs and heart.
If you’re not sure how much exercise your dog should have, just speak to the vet at your local Vets4Pets practice who can talk it through with you.
Getting out and about with your dog is great for both of you. Not only will you both get exercise and fresh air, but doing fun activities with your dog means you learn to communicate better, becoming more closely bonded and even better friends.
For some, a walk in the park with their dog is a great way to unwind after a busy day. But if you fancy something a bit more exciting, here you go!
- Animal Assisted Therapy – A very rewarding activity and perfect for the quieter types. Well behaved pets visit local hospitals and care homes to help keep the residents smiling.
- Canicross - Cross country running with your best friend.
- Carting – You don’t have to have a husky and snow to enjoy this sport. Dogs who love to run and pull will be wagging their tails at the thought of this one.
- Doggie Dancing – good exercise and great for you tube!
- Games – fetch, hide and seek; the only limit is your imagination.
- Herding – be it sheep, geese or whatever takes your fancy help your dog keep them under control
- Hiking, backpacking or just a walk - what better way to spend a Sunday than a nice long trek in the fresh air?
- Obedience - prove you and your dog really understand each other
- Search and Rescue - is your dog be a hero?
- Tracking - for dogs who like to follow their noses
- Tricks – play dead, give me your paw, speak, take a bow - what others can you think of?