This article is all about exercising with your dog.
You will find out how your four-legged friend can become the perfect personal trainer.
And get tips on which types of sport are best and how your dog can motivate you to exercise over the long term.
The article is a guest post by dog blogger and fitness enthusiast Sven Rocksloh.
Sven, you have your say.
Sport with a dog: The ideal combination
A dog is the ideal partner for sport, exercise and leisure.
It motivates and “forces” you to go out into the fresh air several times a day. This does not require long persuasion. A look out of the heartfelt eyes and the thought of what mishap happens if you don’t go out with your four-legged friend is enough.
The nice thing about it is that the movement units are absolutely natural. In no second would you think that you were doing a sweaty training session just to shape your body. You don’t have to prove yourself to your dog – if you want or have to change to a leisurely pace, that’s it.
You are guaranteed not to get any derisive or derogatory looks from your four-legged companion. Leisurely walks, fun agility and rapid sprints alternate and this is exactly the key to balanced and above all healthy exercise with your beloved dog as a personal trainer.
Running is not the only way to exercise together. In the following I would like to introduce you to the sports in which your dog can be a perfect training partner.
Ride a bike
Many dogs love to run next to their bikes. By the way, there are also special bike racks or leashes * for the dog that you can mount on your bike.
You must of course not forget to stop again and again so that your four-legged friend can sniff meadows and forests.
During this break you can also start retrieving games. A Frisbee disc or a good, large throwing bone made of hemp are particularly suitable for this. The dog likes to bring the prey back to you again and again and you train your arm muscles almost unnoticed.
Especially if your dog loves swims, nothing can stop you during the warm summer months and it’s off to the lake.
Many dogs also love to accompany you on the surfboard, paddle boat or kayak. They sit proudly at the head of the vehicle like a figurehead and are happy when they can hop into the water again and again in between. The paddles are your training device.
The added bonus for you is that you can soak up the sun and freshen up your tan.
Out and about with rollerblades, skateboard and dog
For rollerblading with your dog, you should have some experience in this sport.
Either way, don’t forget your knee and arm protectors. Even if you often come across as a little insecure on your roles, your dog is guaranteed not to laugh at you.
A basic requirement for rollerblading with the dog is in any case that your dog listens to you really well and can be accessed without restriction.
Walking is an absolute must, because if your dog crosses its side while driving, you can quickly skid.
In winter you can exchange your roller skates for ice skates. But your beloved four-legged friend is also guaranteed to be delighted with snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing. In the ski area there are also more and more skiers who take their dog on the slopes.
The dog as a gymnastics trainer
On the meadow or in your own garden, even in your own four walls, you can do gymnastics, stretching exercises and dog dancing together.
Train your fur nose to always run under your stretched leg or jump over it. You can also leapfrog together: you crouch and your dog jumps over you.
You can also set up a small obstacle course with hurdles. The dog is sure to have fun when not only he has to master the hurdles, but also masters work up a sweat. But don’t forget to reward your furry friend with a treat every now and then.
Dog dancing is funny and you are guaranteed to have fun learning a little choreography for your four-legged companion to groovy music. You also get a lot of movement.
Yoga and Doga – the new, quiet trend sport
Many videos on the Internet show how dog owners and four-legged friends enjoy yoga together.
Either way, the subject of Doga can be approached very slowly and without great pressure: Set up your dog a training area next to your yoga mat and you’re ready to go. Many dogs imitate the various yoga exercises on their own and even if your dog cannot make the perfect bridge or candle, he is certainly unbeatable in the “downward looking dog” position.Doga is an absolute trend in the USA in particular. There are numerous courses in fitness studios that teach master and dog different yoga positions. In the German-speaking countries, this trend has not really arrived yet. Anyone looking for Doga here will first find the “Dortmund Society for Waste”.
With the dog in the footsteps of Marco Reus and Co.
Dogs are crazy about soccer too. But make sure you get a ball that is suitable for four-legged friends and you can run around on the lawn.
You will be amazed how skillfully your furry nose chases the ball and keeps you on your toes.
There it is It doesn’t matter who scores the most goals, what counts is the vigor with which you both dash across the field. You can also teach your dog to maneuver the ball through your legs in figure-eight formations or to kick the ball away on command with both the snout and paws.
Regardless of which sport you want to do with your dog, your four-legged friend will always be happy to accompany and support you.
Dogs are the perfect personal trainers who support and motivate you with a lot of perseverance, love and good-hearted looks.
Especially at a young age, dogs can be trained incredibly well, so that most sports can be trained without problems.
A trip to YouTube is definitely worthwhile for further research. There you will find the craziest dog sports. In addition to skiers who make the mountains unsafe with their dogs, you will find so-called parachute dogs there, for example, used by the Austrian military.
Either way, you should always keep in mind that not every dog is suitable for all sports. You should therefore definitely take your dog’s wellbeing into account. If he is afraid or in pain, the sport must be stopped immediately.