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
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
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.