By Ellen Britt #woofpost-all
Exercise is so important for our dogs, from pups to seniors. Even dogs with medical problems such as respiratory difficulties and hip dysplasia can benefit from exercise planned in conjunction with your veterinarian. Exercise has multiple benefits for your dog, from increasing cardiovascular endurance, to maintaining muscle tone, to preventing obesity.
In another article here at the Woof Post, we looked at fun ways you can exercise your dog, but all of those suggestions were for outdoor activities. What if you can’t get outside with your dog?
Here are five fun indoor ways to make sure your dog gets the exercise he needs. Keep in mind that indoor exercise should be seen as supplemental for most dogs, unless the dog or owner, suffers from a condition that permits them from getting outside.
One – Tug The Rope – Tugging on a toy or dog rope specifically made for tugging is a great exercise to develop muscles and also it’s just plain fun, for humans and dogs alike.
Two – Hide and Seek – Most dogs love the thrill of trying to find you when you hide from them. In many cases, a game of chase develops as well, adding to the exercise and fun.
Three – Take the Stairs – If you have stairs in your house, running up and down with your dog can provide both of you with quite a workout. You should probably avoid doing stair running with certain breeds such as Bassets, Corgis or other dogs who have short legs and long backs, as these dogs are at risk for injury and overexertion.
Four – Make Your Own Obstacle Course – This is homemade agility training at its most fun. You can use items around your house for the obstacles, such as cardboard boxes, hula hoops, exercise balls and broom handles. You can place your dog on a leash and lead her around the course or have her follow you as you go around, through and over the obstacles.
Five – Use The Treadmill – A treadmill workout is a great alternative to the outdoors for any high energy breed dog. Yes, dogs can use a human treadmill in some cases, if the belt has a long enough surface and the speed is able to be adjusted to a slow enough speed. You will need to train your dog to use it though and she should be carefully supervised to avoid injury. There are several reputable companies that make treadmills specifically designed for dogs that are definitely safer for your dog to use than a treadmill designed for humans.