Human beings often make time to work out at a gym or go for a run. Some love it and some do it grudgingly. Most people know that some kind of exercise is important for our bodies, whether or not they do it. As with many of the topics we’ve written about, this is another similarity between humans and our pets.

Throughout history, many dogs were bred to be working dogs, such as hunting, herding, or protecting. Today, this is less common, but we still have certain breeds of dogs that need more exercise than others. However, all dogs need some.

You might think that if you have a big backyard, your dog is all set. This isn’t the case. Just because someone has a home gym or buys the next exciting equipment from an infomercial doesn’t mean they use it, right?

In order for your dog to get the exercise he or she needs, he or she will need an exercise buddy! Yes, just like some people have accountability partners to go to the gym, your dog needs you or a family member to encourage and assist them with their exercise.

dog and child exercising

Some ideas for fitness activities to do with your dog:

  •          Go for a walk or a run—and let the dog lead the adventure.
  •          Play that old standby, fetch.
  •          Have a doggy play date so dog friends can play together.

If you lack the time to be able to exercise your dog yourself, you can always bring them to us for Adventure Playcare or Group Daycare, where we have fun activities, healthy snacks, and even a pool.