If you have a dog, you are probably used to exercising outside. However, in the time of COVID-19, that allotted daily walk may not feel like enough. You have probably noticed that, come midday, you and your dog have far more energy than usual. Luckily, there are many ways to observe social distancing and get a great workout for both you and your furry friend.
Using Your Space
Certain features of your house may lend themselves to exercise. For example, stairs can be a great workout! Put your dog on their leash and take them up and down the stairs. This can be an intense workout, so make sure you and your dog are both equipped for the task. Don’t go too fast, and make sure your stairs are not too slippery (carpeted stairs are best).
If you have a backyard, now is the perfect time to use it! You can play the usual games—like fetch, tug of war, etc.—or try something new! Blow some bubbles and watch your dog chase them. Play some loud music and dance around with your pup. Bury treats in the dirt and encourage them to dig (this one can be quite messy, but rewarding). If you have a pool, you and your dog can swim together. This is a great exercise for both of you; just make sure your dog is safe, comfortable, and supervised at all times. Especially small dogs (such as puppies) can even swim in the bathtub.
Thinking Outside the Box
If your home does not have these features, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to exercise with your pup. Grab your dog’s favorite toy and play tug of war. Not only does this game take up very little space, it is a great way to have fun and exercise your arms. Many owners also find dog yoga a fun way to exercise and relax. All it takes is doing yoga in the same room as your pup—chances are, they will join in!
There are also ways to spice your daily walk. Instead of strolling, try running or cycling with your dog. Taking a quicker pace will tire your furry friend out, and you will get a great exercise in the meantime! Always make sure your dog is up for the challenge before taking on a more strenuous routine.
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