Sometimes we just don’t feel up to taking our dog for a walk. On the other hand we know that our dog needs his daily exercise. Fortunately, there are a number of alternate ways to keep your dog’s fitness level up.
This is one of the best games to play with your dog. It burns up lots of their energy and some dogs don’t seem to tire of it. Some dogs take a little while to realize that the idea is for them to bring the ball back and give it to you. A little bit of training may be necessary.
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Similar to playing fetch. Your dog will amaze you with his athletic prowess as he catches the frisbee in midair. Again some training may be required to bring him up to speed. Start with shorter distances and gradually work your way up.
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Swimming is a low impact activity which is great for all dogs but is of particular benefit to dogs with a mobility issue such as arthritis. You can swim with along with your dog or simply throw a ball into the water for him to fetch.
It can be a problem to find a suitable swimming place nearby. Most public swimming pools wan’t allow dogs in. You could try a dog-friendly beach or maybe a pond or lake.
Don’t assume your dog can swim. Take it easy at first
I know what you are thinking – what on earth is a flirt pole? A flirt pole resembles a fishing pole. It is a pole with a length of twine tied at the end. The other end of the twine is attached to a ball or soft toy. You teach the dog to chase the toy. Your dog can use up a lot of energy in a short time so keep the sessions short at first.
Before playing this game your should have taught your dog to respond to some basic commands such as sit, wait or drop.
The flirt pole can be a useful training tool.
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This is another great way to give your dog some exercise. It can be pretty strenuous for you too.
Your dog needs to let go when told. So use this as another training opportunity.
Be a bit careful. Dogs can get very excited when playing this game and can accidentally grab your hand.
Kong Or Similar Interactive Toy.
This type of exercise requires the least amount of physical input from you. Your simply put a treat into the toy and let your dog chase it around until he manages to get it out.
This provides your dog with both mental and physical stimulation.
You just need to be careful that the number of calories the dog burns to get the treat out is greater than the calorie input from the treats he is receiving.