It can't get much better than snuggling on the couch with your dog while you both snack out and watch a movie. But indoor cuddles and goodies must come in moderation, as a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health problems for you and your dog.
While every month is fitness awareness month, FitPaws coined the term Canine Fitness Month for April as a reminder of just how important it is for your dog to stay active and healthy. So, check out these six ways to get your dog in shape.
2. Play Hide-n-Seek with Your Dog
April isn't all sunshine and rainbows; when those spring showers come on through, you'll want to have a game plan for indoor fitness activities. This one might take a little patience, but hide-n-seek games are a great opportunity for you to train your dog, encourage fitness, and promote good mental health.
How to Train Your Dog to Play Hide-n-Seek
Your dog has a built-in scent detector, so hiding from your furry friend helps put that nose to use as your doggo searches around the house for you. Use simple commands like “stay,” “find,” and “search” and a simple reward system of a yummy treat when your dog follows the commands.
Agility Course Safety
Keep in mind, it's important to build an agility course that your dog can win without being overly challenged. Start with a simple and doable course that will keep your dog safe from accidents and frustration.
Consider your dog's age, weight, height, and physical abilities while you design the course, and be sure to put the course away when it's not in use. Your dog should not attempt to complete an obstacle course without supervision.
4. Go to the Dog Park
Dogs who play together stay fit together. April weather often means sunny fields and lots of fun at the dog park. Call up your dog-owner friends and schedule a play date at the local dog park to get your dog running with furry friends.
Like children, dogs love socializing and playing together; after all, dogs are pack animals and need to play with other dogs. Seeing friends play encourages your dog to get out excess energy, and creating social and explorative situations also helps stimulate your dog and reduce boredom.
5. Take Your Dog on a Walk
Don't underestimate the power of a good walk or jog. Taking your dog out for a stroll is a healthy routine for both you and your dog—and it beats missing out on those beautiful sunsets by keeping inside and scrolling through social media!
Always take into consideration your dog's physical fitness when you go for a walk or do any physical activities together. Older or smaller dogs might not be able to keep up with you during a long run, while larger, younger breeds might not get enough out of a short walk.
6. Play Fetch
Fetch has withstood the tests of time as one of the best ways to get dogs active. There are all kinds of fetching toys for dogs out there, but be sure to choose one that is made from high-quality, durable, and environmentally-friendly dog toy materials.
Here are a few of our best-selling fetching friends:
Until next time--