It looks like warmer temperatures are here to stay in Memphis. That means more time outside. Your dog is likely also thrilled that the weather is warmer. Not only is there more sunlight to bathe in, but spring weather means more time spent outside for Fido.
Spring is a great time to revisit your fitness goals and build a plan to increase your endurance and strength. Why not add your pup into the mix and work out together? Aside from walks and runs, there are plenty of other activities you can do with your dog to get your heart rate up.
Where do you think downward dog got its name? Dogs naturally stretch into their namesake pose, but they can also get into other moves. Yoga is a great way to stretch out your muscles, and the same goes for your pooch. Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles and can help keep your joints from getting stiff.
If your dog likes to walk, then he or she will probably also love to hike. Consider a trip to Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park or Shelby Farms Park. Great hiking trails can also be found in Arkansas and Mississippi, which are aren’t too far away. Your pup may also enjoy some time on the water kayaking and canoeing. All of these activities offer strength and endurance training for you.
An Agility Course
This workout may seem like it is all for the dog, but running beside them can get your blood flowing. Running your dog through an agility course is a great way to exercise them as well as practice their obedience. If you don’t have access to a park with one, make your own in your backyard!
Dogs love to play and wrestle. Join in on the fun with your pup. Whether you’re playing tug-of-war or chasing each other around the backyard, your dog will have a blast, and you’ll burn some calories. Dogs are naturally strong, so you’ll have to activate your muscles to keep up.
Don’t slack on the classic forms of dog exercise. You and your pup can both enjoy the benefits of a nice game of Frisbee or fetch. Your dog will get a good dose of cardio, and you’ll get a quick arm workout in. You’ll also get in some cardio of your own walking around the park.
No matter what exercises you do, your body and your dog with both thank you for the effort. Be sure to speak with your vet to make sure your dog is healthy enough for these activities. And always be mindful of the temperature outside. Dogs tend to get overheated quickly.