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Working Out With Your Dog! 9 Tips

Working out with your dog is good for both of you.

Almost half of all dogs in the U.S. are overweight, so team up to lose weight together.

These are some ideas for working out with your dog.

Benefits of Working Out With Your Dog

1. Get fit together.

Depending on their age and other factors, most dogs need at least 45 minutes of exercise daily.

Experts recommend that people engage in physical activity for a half hour or more at least 3 times a week.

2. Exercise more consistently.

Studies show that people were more likely to stick to an exercise program when their dog was involved.

Your motivation will be stronger when you're having fun.

3. Increase bonding.

Spending time together with your pets improves your relationship. Many activities also provide opportunities to reinforce training.

4. Reduce unwanted behaviors.

Boredom is often to blame when pets behave badly.

Fetching a Frisbee will divert your dog from chewing up your furniture or digging up your garden.

9 Tips For Working Out With Your Dog

1. Check with your veterinarian.

Schedule checkups with your doctor and your veterinarian before you get started. It's especially important if you've been sedentary up until now or if either of you are getting up there in age.

2. Pick the right breed.

Ensure your dog fits your lifestyle. Some breeds tolerate hot or cold weather better. Working breeds will relish keeping up with the most ardent fitness fanatic.

3. Watch for overheating.

Dogs cannot sweat like we humans, so watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

If you see excessive panting and loss of balance, give them water and rest in a shady spot.

4. Bike in safe areas.

There are conflicting opinions about whether it's safe to bike or rollerblade with a dog.

Devices that tie a dog to a wheeled vehicle could be dangerous if you take a spill. Stick to soft surfaces and safe routes if you want to try it.

5. Control the leash.

Keeping a leash in your hand provides more security than tying it to your waist.