Combine Your  Fitness With Fido’s

August 26th, 2011 | By Marjie No Comments

You and your pooch may be more alike than you thought. Just like Spot, you want to have fun when you’re exercising!

Most of us humans don’t relish the thought of chasing down a stinky tennis ball only to have it thrown out of our reach again. But your doggie can actually be one of your best exercise buddies ever. He loves to run and play, and he’s happiest when doing so with you!

Exercise does for your canine exactly what it does for you … it helps you both enjoy life, have more energy, be healthier, be happier and, in the long run, live longer. So get out there and play with your puppy. His incredible enthusiasm for play will affect your own energy level (for the better), and he is a great workout partner because he’ll keep pushing you for more. When was the last time you threw that tennis ball and he didn’t bring it back for another toss?

If you are out of practice playing with the pooch, remember these important points:

If your dog hasn’t been exercising regularly, check with your vet before embarking on any strenuous activity. That goes for you, too (be prepared, though … the vet will probably suggest that you see your own physician).

Keep your dog on a leash. Most communities have leash laws, and they’re as much for the safety of your pet as for the comfort of the area’s resident.

Stay on grass if you’re going to run. Those hard pavements that hurt your shins can be just as painful to your pet’s paws and legs.

When you grab a water bottle for yourself, grab a doggie•bottle, too. Portable (collapsible) bowls can fit into your pocket. workout partner. If he appears overly fatigued or winded, take time for a water break and rest.

If it’s extremely hot or cold, don’t stay out long or, better yet, find an indoor activity to do together.

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