There are many exciting things brewing in blogland. Things revolving around dogs and exercise and new challenges. A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I have been feeling lethargic and more than a little doughy these days. I complained about how difficult it is to get enough exercise for myself while also spending time with Shiva. It appears the solution is nigh.
Recently, I was contacted by Brandon Sera, who works with Great American Property Management selling dog supplies. As a proud Beagle owner he knows how difficult it is to find new and challenging activities that humans and dogs can enjoy together. He has come up with some creative ideas and is eager to share them with you.
I am proud to present, Rescued Insanity’s very first guest post!
When it comes to exercising with your dog, relatively few owners look any further than walks and games of fetch. But why bore your dog? Or yourself for that matter? There are many more interesting ways to keep your pet fit, and to bond with them at the same time. Here are five unique and exciting ways to exercise with your dog that you may never have considered.
This is a great activity for active dogs that need a good cardio workout. However, for your own safety, cycling or rollerblading with your dog leashed beside you should only be attempted with dogs that are well-trained and easily controlled. Start off slow
and get them accustomed to running safely beside you. Practice turning
and controlled stops in a wide open space such as a parking lot until you are
both comfortable. Once your dog understands what’s expected of them, you can
safely cycle or blade with them charging along beside you.
Swimming is an excellent exercise for men and women and it goes the same for dogs. It works out all of the dog’s muscles and is amazing for them since it is such a low
impact workout. Being a low impact exercise makes it ideal for older dogs that
might have harder times doing other activities. The dogs can doggy paddle
around while you wade in the water or even play fun games of fetch and swim the
toy back to you.
It may sound strange, but this is a fantastic activity for your dog. Growing up I played a
lot of soccer and also happened to have a couple of very large and active
Dobermans. It was such a perfect fit. Our male loved to play goal, attacking
ball after ball that we sailed his way and our female, more of an offensive
player, would follow the ball up and down the field endlessly. Way more fun and
interactive than fetch, though watch the slide checks, they can really take you
out at the knees if you’re not watching!
There are times when your dog needs to blow off some energy when you have none. Dog parks and beaches are a perfect solution. If you are anywhere close to a beach that allows dogs, I highly suggest you give this a shot. It’s very similar to a
normal dog park but so much better. Some dogs absolutely love running in the
sand and playing around near the water. Parks and beaches are perfect ways for
dogs to socialize and be able to do exactly what they want to do. Another nice
amenity that most dog parks and beaches have is water and dog waste clean up kits readily available.
Hiking in a large area, especially one that allows dogs off leash means that you can both enjoy the great outdoors at your own pace. While they race back and forth, you get to continue along at your own pace. Even if it’s a short hike, remember to bring plenty of fresh water and dog waste bags for your furry companion.
Like biking or swimming or any activity with your dog, you have to pick an activity that you both enjoy otherwise you’ll end up with every excuse not to do it. It’s your
responsibility to care for them, so pick exercises that you both love so that
you’ll both look forward to getting out and being active.
Thanks to Brandon for taking the time to write this fun post. There will be more exercise-related articles coming soon as I join other pet bloggers in a grueling challenge this fall. Be afraid. I know I am.