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Top Exercises for Dogs

By Michael Johnson

Is your dog losing the Battle of the Bulge? If so, then it's time for it to get some
exercise. The most obvious way is to walk your dog. But if you want to add some
spice to your dog's exercise routine, then consider trying some other activities. Here
are some basic yet effective ones that you could implement:

1. Cycling

If your dog can do the actual cycling, then it should be on TV--rather than a bike
path. It's highly likely that you'll be doing the peddling. But this can still be a fantastic
type of exercise for your dog. As a word of caution, smaller dogs will likely have some
difficulty keeping up with your cycling. But that won't be a problem if you don't mind
peddling a little slower. And consider the fact that cycling is not only a solid workout
for your dog-but also for you.

2. Fetching

This is one of the easiest yet most effective ways for your dog to get exercise. You
can play the game indoors or outdoors. You can play it on a level or inclined surface.
And you can play it with big or small dogs. Basically, it's one of the most versatile
ways for your dog to get some exercise. You can even play it while your dog is
enjoying other types of exercising, such as walking or swimming.

3. Stair-Climbing

Like cycling, this can be a tougher exercise for smaller dogs. But stair-climbing can
still provide an outstanding workout for both small and big dogs. The incline provides
an especially good workout when your dog runs up the stairs. To spice up the
activity, you could add a game of fetch to the stair-climbing.

4. Swimming

This is a fantastic way for your dog (and you) to get some exercise. Unlike cats, dogs
are natural water lovers. So the next time you and your dog are near a body of
water, consider allowing him or her to do some swimming in it. Besides giving your
dog the chance to exercise, it will also enjoy cooling off if the weather is hot. And
your dog will enjoy the experience even more, if you swim with it.

5. Tug-of-War

This is an old-school favorite that many of us have enjoyed as children and adults.
It's also one that can provide a great workout for both you and your dog. When
playing tug-of-war, with your pooch, make sure to teach it the "release command."
This will allow you to stop the game abruptly whenever necessary.

6. Treadmills

You could use a standard human treadmill, or a dog version. Both types of machines
can give your dog a fantastic workout. When your dog runs on a treadmill, it's crucial
that the speed not be too fast. Otherwise, your canine friend could become fatigued
while running on the contraption. So while you should gradually increase the speed
of the treadmill, make sure not to overdo it!

Humans aren't the only mammals that need exercise. These above ones can help to
keep your dog fit as a fiddle.

Article written by Michael Johnson of
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