5 Ways to stay fit with Fido

Did you know that obesity is not only a pandemic for humans, it is also the greatest threat to our pet population? Over 30 million American dogs are overweight and the number is rising. You may love your dog as a family member but you aren’t doing Fido any favors by (over)feeding him treats and letting him live in lazy luxury. Here are five fun ways to stay fit with your dog so you both enjoy long, healthy lives.
Did you know that obesity is not only a pandemic for humans, it is also the greatest threat to our pet population? Over 30 million American dogs are overweight and the number is rising. You may love your dog as a family member but you aren’t doing Fido any favors by (over)feeding him treats and letting him live in lazy luxury. Here are five fun ways to stay fit with your dog so you both enjoy long, healthy lives.

5 Ways to exercise with your pup

1. Get leashed

The easiest way to get some exercise is to take Ruff for a walk — right out your front door. Aim for at least a 10-minute walk in the morning and one 10-minute walk in the evening. If you have more time, by all means, walk longer.

2. Make a play date

Call up your friends with dogs and set up a doggie play date at a local park or take a group dog walk. It will give you the chance to visit while also socializing your dog. Note: Sitting on the bench watching your dog doesn’t count as exercise for you. Play frisbee, fetch, or race your dog to break a sweat.

3. Visit your local dog park

Another way to keep your dog active and give you a chance to get some fresh air and make new fur-loving friends is to take Rover to a dog park. Visit DogParkUSA.com for a dog park near you.

4. Take a hike

Whether you’re looking for trails in your locale or the next time you’re traveling with your pawed pal, BringFido.com has details on dog-friendly hiking trails in the US as well as worldwide. If you’re taking an extended hike, be sure to take water and a light snack for you and your dog.

5. Indoor play

When weather forces you indoors, don’t just sit around wishing you could go outside. Play inside with your pup. If you have a long hall, play fetch or throw a ball and race your dog to the ball. You can also play hide and seek, or do some light-hearted obedience training where you both have fun. Regardless, just get off the couch and get moving.

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