Trying to get fit for 2018? How about getting your canine involved in your cardio and fitness routines? We know that Mr Benn and Eddie enjoy all sorts of magical adventures that help them to burn those calories! As part of our Fitter Furry Friends campaign, we’ve looked into a few ways that you can get active with your dog. Also, we’re offering 4 weeks free on our lunar monthly pet insurance, whether you’re insuring your cat or dog, with the code FITPET18*. Read on to find out five ways that you and your pooch could get active together…
Running with Rover
Why not pick up the pace with your dog and go jogging or running? You could get your dog to come out with you for an afternoon run or you could have them join in on a regular running event. If there is a parkrun near you, which is a weekly 5k event, your dog would be welcome to come running with you and it could be an opportunity to meet other owners and their furry friends. Just remember to make sure your dog is able to run for 5k before you do this event.
We previously predicted that dog yoga, or doga, would be one of the big pet trends of 2018. This activity is more than just a stress reliever, it could also be a good bodyweight exercise. Your furry friend will be joining in with poses and maybe even helping you perfect some of yours. There’s also a focus on massage, stretching and meditation with this activity. Doga could be a useful bonding exercise for you and your dog.
Take a hike!
You could enjoy a more scenic route with your dog and take them hiking! Fast walking and uphill walking can be a good calorie burner and you and your pet might enjoy seeing some new sights in nature – your pooch might also enjoy sniffing around unexplored territory. Take a look around your city to see if you can find any new and interesting trails in your local area.
Wheelie great exercise!
If your dog has a lot of energy, you could try taking them out on a bike ride with you. This can be particularly fun if you enjoy a countryside cycle or like going mountain biking. Cycling gives you a great way to keep fit and you’ll be able to keep up with your dog as it sprints around. If your dog is unlikely to stay close to you when it’s off the lead, it could be worth getting a dog leash attachment for your bicycle like this one from Walky Dog.
Swap fetch for footy
As well as fetch, your dog might enjoy ball sports such as football! Having a kick about can be great cardio exercise and your dog could even learn to kick the ball or dribble it around with its nose and paws. Maybe your pup could eventually become as good as canine footballer Ronaldog! You could even get a football specifically for your dog that can withstand being chewed, like this one from Sportspet. Just don’t lose a game to your dog as that would be pretty embarrassing!
Getting active with your dog could be a great way to ensure you and your pet are physically fit, as well as being a good bonding exercise for the two of you, hopefully allowing you to enjoy plenty of adventures together in the future. Another thing that could be useful for ensuring your furry friend’s wellbeing is dog insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, we’re offering 4 weeks free on our lunar monthly pet insurance policies with the promo code FITPET18*. If you think this could be useful, fetch a quote from The Insurance Emporium today!
*Offer is available on lunar monthly policies only and ends 31/03/18.
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