We all know those moments: your trusty hound stands at the door, lead in their teeth, ready to go! But the rain is battering the windows and the trees are bent double in the wind.
At times, walking the dog can seem like a bit of a chore. But, here at LeanDog, we want our food to make a positive contribution to your dog’s energy levels and well-being. Making sure they’re always ready for the next adventure – whatever the weather!
So, what are the benefits of being active with your dog?
You and your beloved pet can share the benefits of dog walks, running together, interacting with toys and agility. They are much more than a daily task!
Going for walks helps to eliminate stress from your life—and the same applies for your dog. For instance, combining various routes to your dog’s weekly walking activities is a great way to encouraging them to develop a healthy lifestyle and happy mindset.
You can both experience so many great benefits to walking and talking a run together, here are just a few:
Health & Well-being
• Both your health and wellbeing will benefit. Walking is great for your heart, circulation and strengthening muscles and joints
• For you there is the social aspect of walking your dog, giving you the chance to meet with like minded people walking their dogs, exploring new sights and surroundings together.
• Walking is great for you both to manage your body weight. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet, helps to maintain a healthy weight for your dog.
From Flying Disc to Flyball…
If your dog likes to run, jump and catch, a flying disc is a fantastic option to burn energy, including a great form of entertainment for you both.
- Check that your dog is in good physical health.
- Choose the right disc for your dog, one that is not too heavy for them to catch and easy to grip.
- Introduce by playing fetch and getting them used to their new toy, but removing before chewing starts.
- Initially start by throwing the disc low at your dog’s level, allowing your dog to chase it.
- When your dog starts retrieving, provide plenty of praise and complete the process, keeping it low.
- As your dog becomes more accustomed to retrieving, the distance can be increased within their ability.
A great way of having fun and becoming fitter together!
Thank you Percy for sharing your photos and video in action!
Flyball on the other hand…
However, for those looking for a competitive team sport, perhaps Flyball is what you are seeking.
Flyball is a race of two teams of four dogs, racing side-by-side along a lane with four consecutive hurdles to jump before pressing a trigger and releasing a tennis ball from the Flyball box. Retrieving the ball the dog then returns over the hurdles to complete their turn, before the next dog is released for their turn in the relay. The first team to have all four dogs complete the course without errors wins.
Who is for Dog Agility?
Dog agility is a sport which measures the handler’s ability to direct their dog through an obstacle course. It’s a great activity for both you and your dog and can be very rewarding.
- Start by finding a dog agility club or trainer in your area.
- Eighteen months old is the minimum age for competing in agility, although you can start training with low jumps from under a year old.
- Both you and your dog can have fun and exercise together!
One dog’s idea of fun is not necessarily another’s. Understanding your dog’s needs and wants will help build your relationship together and understand what they enjoy. Providing them with stimulation, activity and a healthy, nutritious diet will support your dog becoming the best version of your best friend!
If you have a sport or activity that you enjoy with your dog that you would like to share with us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to feature on this page.