Exercise & Play
The benefits of physical exercise include maintaining a healthy weight and strong bones, helps with arthritis, improves insulin health and metabolism, pumps toxins out of the body and prevents premature aging. Simply put, exercise enhances your dog's quality of life.
Whether it's a trail walk or a game of fetch, staying active with your dog helps cement the human-canine bond. Take advantage of local dog parks or arrange doggie play dates. Both can provide a vigorous workout and help socialize your pup. Tired dogs are well-behaved dogs. Those who have had plenty of exercise tend to spend lots of time after napping instead of looking for things to do (or chew or dig up).
Interactive Dog Toys
There are lots of toys available that will stimulate your dog while providing exercise. Check out automatic ball launchers such as iFetch or GoDogGo Fetch Machine. Your dog will entertain himself for hours with one of these.
Invite your dog play a game of hide-and-seek with these cute squeaky squirrels. Just stuff them in the soft tree trunk and watch her pull them out one by one. Keep the game going by stuffing them in again and again.
Visit your local pet store for this and other interactive toys.
Agility Training as a form of exercise
Agility training is a great way to stay active and bond with your dog and many owners train simply for fun. It's a mental as well as a physical workout and your dog learns new things as she negotiates an intricate obstacle course. This includes various tunnels, seesaws, hurdles, weave poles and jumps.
Learn more about agility and how to get started.