Exersicing with a dog – What you have to keep in mind

Linda Eigner

Of course, as a dog owner, you don't want to miss out on exercising. Actually, you don't have to. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider when bringing your dog to the mountains or on tracks. In this blog you will find out everything you need to know about doing sport with dogs and which types of sport are particularly suitable for it.

Dog as a trainings partner – is that possible?

The answer is clear: Yes! Dogs are generally very active animals and are happy about an extra dose of exercise. The size and breed are also not directly decisive as to whether a dog is suitable as a trainings partner or not. Age is important, and even more so physical condition. Puppies, even if they are very energetic, should not run for too long. Dogs are only suitable for longer sports units from the age of 1-2 years. As far as the upper age limit is concerned, it depends heavily on the dog. It is therefore best to have your dog checked out thoroughly before you start a new exercise program. So you can be sure that you don't overwhelm your dog.

Advantages of exercising with a dog 

If you do sports together with your dog, you can also look forward to some advantages. Exercising with the dog helps to build a closer relationship and a better bond of trust. At the same time, regular exercise also helps the dogs to be more balanced. Just like with people, sufficient exercise has a positive effect on the psyche and helps both dog and master to calm down.

Sports with dogs that are particularly fun

There are many sports for dogs. Most outdoor sports can also be practiced with the dog. Running, hiking or inline skating are particularly well suited to getting your furry friend used to sports, as the movement and the environment are reminiscent of a normal walk. But you can also try many other sports with your dog. If your dog likes to be in the water, for example, swimming training is suitable. In winter, cross-country skiing and ski tours with dogs are very popular. Cycling with a dog is also possible. But you should first get your dog used to the bike. There are also numerous dog sports. Dog frisbee, dog yoga or tracking are disciplines for dogs and their owners. Special training courses are often offered for these sports. If you have a lot of ambition, you can also try one of numerous dog competition disciplines.

You have to keep this in mind when exercising with a dog

Regardless of whether you are hiking, running, cycling or even a ski tour with a dog, you should always inform yourself in advance about the relevant safety measures or regulations that apply in the area in which you are traveling. You can also try out additional equipment that makes you feel safest with the dog. Different leashes may be appropriate for different sports. Keeping your distance from the bike, for example, can also be practical, especially when riding a bike. Snowshoes can be used for long sports sessions in the snow. This protects the sensitive paws.

These tips will help dogs exercise

If you are just starting to exercise with your dog, you should give yourself plenty of time. Your dog also has to get used to the stress slowly. Your dog has to get used to the equipment and the new environment. So don't start with too long sports units. It is also important that you pay attention to your dog's signs of stress and exhaustion. Shortness of breath, panting, and a dark red color on the tongue tell you that your dog needs a break. Ultimately, your dog should have just as much fun with the sport as you do.

Credits: die Hundezeitung

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