Happy New Year! As we roll into 2021 and leave 2020 behind, many people are looking ahead to the next year. Fitness is a key goal for many people. As it turns out, your canine buddy may be a great workout buddy! A Cherry Hill, NJ veterinarian discusses exercising with Fido in this article.
Those daily walks are probably the most popular doggy workout. Many of our four-legged buddies really enjoy exploring new parks and trails. Man’s Best Friend also loves hiking. Just consult your vet before taking Fido on difficult trails.
If you like jogging, you may be able to take your dog with you. Of course, this very much depends on his size, breed, age, and health. Check with your vet before starting your furry pal on any sort of strenuous activity regimen. If Fido gets the all-clear, start by alternating walking and running. This will build his endurance.
Swimming is great, as it is very easy on Fido’s bones and joints. In fact, it’s often used as therapeutic exercise for our canine companions. If your dog enjoys swimming, by all means indulge him when it’s warm enough. Just put your pup’s safety first. Never leave your furry buddy unattended near the water!
The key to staying fit is really to do something you enjoy. That applies to dogs as well! Take time to play with your canine pal every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Running and jumping will burn quite a lot of calories in a short time!
Many fitness experts advise getting short mini workouts in when you’re pressed for time. Fetch is a great option for this! do a burpee, push up, or jumping jack as Fido is running after his ball, frisbee, or stick.
You can also incorporate Fido’s training with your workout. Toss a ball for him as you’re doing a sit-up, or hold a toy out as you’re doing squats or lunges. (Disclaimer: dogs really aren’t great yoga partners, even–and especially–when you’re doing Downward Facing Dog.)
Exercises are definitely not one-size-fits-all-dogs. You’ll need to keep Fido safe, and prevent injuries and overexertion. Do some breed research, and ask your vet for specific advice.
Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Cherry Hill, NJ veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!