It’s no secret that dogs love to run around and play, any experienced pet owner has seen this first-hand time and time again. Unfortunately, they don’t always get enough opportunities to exercise to their hearts’ content, as they are often cooped up waiting for us to come home from work, watching us while we prepare and eat dinner, or otherwise.
It’s a part of life, and as humans, we are often not getting enough exercise ourselves
either. It’s our responsibility to watch out for our pets though, and it’s important that we do what’s best for them. If you feel like your favorite four-legged friend could use a bit more exercise throughout the day, here are some options you might want to consider.
Sign Them Up For Doggy Day Care
If you and your family are gone for a good portion of the day, one of the best ways to make sure your dog gets more interaction and exercise is to bring them to doggy daycare. It doesn’t even have to be an everyday occurrence; even once or twice a week can make a difference in their lifestyle. If you’re looking for a more personal touch, you may want to consider hiring one of our pet sitters.
Buy An Invisible Dog Fence
A great way to make sure your dog can run around free when you’re home to supervise but too tied up with chores around the house to go out for walks is to install an invisible dog fence in your yard. They can be purchased without too much of a hit to your wallet. Once your dog gets accustomed to the system you can simply let them run around in your yard while you take care of your household tasks. This is a great way for them to get exercise when the weather is nice.
Jog Along With Them
If you’re thinking that you want to hop on the exercise train with your favorite canine, a great way for them to get their blood pumping and their paws pounding the pavement is to go for jogs with them. This can be a great way to get energized for the day ahead or to simply get some physical activity on the weekends. You might be surprised how much a quick jog can tucker your pup – especially for those breeds with shorter legs.
Visit Your Local Dog Park
Some dogs love socialization with others of their kind, and for those dogs, there’s no better way for them to get exercise than a trip to the local dog park. If you’re fortunate enough to have one nearby then it’s a great way to spend a half-hour or more, and your dog will certainly thank you for it. As an added bonus, you might even make some friends of your own!
Just Play Fetch
When all else fails you can always go back to basics and pick up a tennis ball or a frisbee for a good, old-fashioned game of fetch. It doesn’t take too much effort on your part, and your dog will be running back and forth with joy. One benefit of fetch over the other options discussed is that you’ll also get to interact with your dog directly. After all, companionship is one of the main reasons we got a dog in the first place, right?
Maureen McCarthy founded Love and Kisses Pet Sitting in 2006. She is a member of Pet Sitters International and has Feline Certification through the University of Edinburgh. She operates one of the most successful pet sitter businesses in North Carolina. Read more about Maureen here.