Besides the usual walk around the block, hike or game of fetch, there are myriad ways your dog can get extra exercise without even leaving the house.
1. Have a doggy play date
We all know that climbing stairs can be great for your legs, but what about your dog? Entice your dog to do a few laps up and down the stairs. Throw his favorite toy or a ball up to the top and watch your pooch burn calories as he dashes up and down.
3. Teach your dog a new trick
Your favorite song just came on the radio. You start swinging your hips and moving your arms; singing in your loudest voice. Why not get your pooch involved? This can be done easily if your pet already likes to stand up on his rear legs. If he prefers to stay on all fours, this may be hard to do on your own, but there are classes that you can take to get him up to speed before you start. If you are in Melbourne, Sue Cordwell, from Melbourne Canine Freestyle runs classes and workshops in both. For information on classes in other locations head to Dances With Dogs Australia www.danceswithdogsaustralia.com.
These are just some simple ideas for getting your dog to move more around the house. Why not try one or two to find out which ones your dog likes best. The bond between you will grow stronger, and you may even help keep your pup around for a few more years. Do you have any great ideas that you use with your dog to get them out and moving? Share them with us.