4 Ways to Include Your Dog In Your Outdoor Fitness Routine

 

Check With Your Veterinarian for Your Dog’s Physical Fitness Aptitude

 

Checking with a certified veterinarian is especially important if your dog has a tendency to be more of a lapdog instead of a go-getter trail companion. A veterinarian will be able to give you advice tailored to your dog’s specific breed and the overall condition your dog is in. For example, factors such as the age of your pooch and the weight of your dog can be strong determining factors for your dog’s ability to join you in your outdoor fitness routine. Most dog breeds make great outdoor fitness companions, but some dog breeds may need extra attention due to their shorter snout, such as bulldogs and pugs. You should remember to use caution if you have a senior dog, as older dogs may not necessarily seem like they are in pain. If you have an older dog, giving your dog joint supplements may be useful. As always, consult your vet first and foremost.

 

Provide Everything Your Dog Needs for a Great Experience in the Outdoors With You

 

You need to provide your canine companion with fresh water if you plan on hiking or playing catch in the outdoor heat. If you notice that you are getting thirsty, your dog is likely to be dehydrated as dogs breathe entirely through their mouths. If you do plan on going hiking with your pooch, be sure to bring a comfortable bed from home for your dog to provide some familiarity in a likely unfamiliar terrain. You may also want to bring a tent for you and your dog to cool off in if you decide to go camping. With some extra care and planning, walking and playing games with your dog can allow you to bond even closer with your doggy companion. 

 

Consider Doing Some Yoga With Your Dog

 

You may want to join a yoga class that allows for dogs. Before you join a yoga class with dogs, you may want to consider how large the class sizes typically are and if the yoga class has any limitations regarding dog breeds or certain dog behaviors. Before bringing your dog to an outdoor yoga class, however, you may want to first practice at home by stretching with your dog and allowing your dog’s curiosity to guide him or her. You may even try first incorporating your dog into yoga by doing a few yoga stretches after walks or during your dog’s designated playtime. 

 

Give Your Dog Time to Get Acclimated to Your Outdoor Exercise Routine

 

Whether you want to go camping with your dog or practice some outdoor yoga with your dog, your dog will need time to adjust to the routine, both for the increase in heart rate and the way the outdoors will affect their paws due to the terrain.