An important part of animal care is making sure that animals have enough exercise to keep them happy and healthy. In our fast paced culture, its easy to forget about our furry friends and their needs, not only for companionship, but to get moving. A simple bathroom break just isn’t enough for them.
Feel free to think outside the box when it comes to animal exercise as well – many ordinary (or unusual!) activities will count as exercise for your pet, as well as create memories and a bond between you two that will be extremely beneficial to their quality of life. It will be beneficial to yours as well, as pets are proven to increase the health and overall well being of their owners significantly!
In addition to daily walks and playing fetch, my dog enjoys hitting the water with me on my inflatable stand up paddle board from Tower Paddle Boards. There’s plenty of room for her to ride on the nose, and when she’s tired of riding, she’ll hop in and surf the waves herself. Safety first, though- we never go without life jackets for the both of us, and we both are attached to the board with a leash!
Some other friends of mine have a dance party in the afternoons in the living room with their favorite jams. Their dog even howls along! I’ve heard of people who hike with their dogs, and people who even set up a doggie treadmill to make sure their pup can burn off the extra energy they’ve accumulated during the day, and stay trim and fit. Lots of pups enjoy swimming too, either in a pond, creek, lake, river, or ocean. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to providing your pet with an exercise outlet.
Don’t forget mind exercise too! Dogs are natural hunters and need to use their brains. A treat ball can provide this needed stimulation to beat puppy boredom that causes them to wreck your house!
While you don’t have to own a sup inflatable paddle board to exercise with your dog, it’s important to remember that any kind of exercise is not only important, but essential to the well being of your furry friends. So get out into nature, get the heart pumping for you both while you have fun together, and reap the benefits for years to come of a happy and healthy pet.
Let us know what your best animal exercise tips are, as we are always looking for fresh ideas to keep our animals trim, healthy, active, and happy!