Did you know that your dog can actually benefit from your fitness? Research has proven that people who have a dog in their lives are significantly more active than people who don’t, in part because walking your puppy is an added fitness bonus, not a replacement for coaching. In fact, taking a walk with your BFF (best furry friend) outside in the open air provides added benefits for your mental health and encourages socialization in your community for both of you. If that motivates you to take your pup’s physical activity to the next level in the summer, we’ve got the best indoor exercises to do with your dog when it’s too hot to be active outside.
Pet parents always cherish the time spent with their fur babies. In the summer when heat exhaustion in dogs is quite common, it is wise to limit outdoor activities with them as temperatures soar. Not only may your pup feel uncomfortable outside in hot weather, but they may also feel distressed and even a little aggressive. Like humans, dogs can suffer from heatstroke, and it can potentially be fatal. It’s your job to be aware of this and know that some dates with your fur baby are best enjoyed indoors where it’s cooler and more comfortable for both of you.
Veterinarians.org has shared some exercises to do with your dog that you and your pup can have fun doing in the comfort of your own home. Before starting any physical activity, make sure you both have plenty of water on hand to stay hydrated and have fun!
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Doga is a fun exercise that is also very relaxing, mentally stimulating and just a wonderful way to interact with your adorable pup. It’s an instant mood booster and will easily relieve any excess anxiety you may be feeling from the day. Hey, if you feel less stressed, your dog will too!
Doga involves you helping your pup do their own yoga poses, from Chaturanga to Chair Pose to Dog Downward-Facing Dog. You can also work in your own yoga poses and your dog will probably enjoy watching you. Either way, it will be a relaxing form of exercise enjoyed by all.
The Puppy Paw Mudra is a great pose to do with your dog, and Veterinarians.org explains that it works just like that. Ask your dog to lie down in front of you while you kneel behind him. Next, kneel on top of your dog, resting one of your hands on his legs. Move your head over your pup from side to side and repeat several times. This is a confidence-building exercise, and you’re both going to love it!
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Feel free to play some good old-fashioned indoor games! There are several ways to keep your dog active and entertained while hanging out indoors. Veterinarians.org recommends planning to swim indoors or practice some high jumps with soft throwing toys. Wrestle together or have a game of tug of war. Get creative and design an obstacle course.
Each of these activities can provide a mini workout, as well as lots of fun with your BFF. Don’t forget to take some snaps while you’re at it!
You can also play hide and seek with your dog’s favorite treats. You can hide certain toys around the house and ask your dog to find them. Just be sure to up the stakes with fun treats once your pup finds the toys.
You can also stay active while your pooch is looking for toys. After all, it’s supposed to be good exercise for both of you! Jog in place or jog around the house while hunting.
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Interactive dog toys are a great way to keep your furry baby from getting bored, and they’ll provide solid indoor exercise. Whether you choose a treat-dispensing puzzle toy, a responsive toy, or a high-tech toy, they’re all always fun. Try something new and fun while your pup plays next to you, like a mini trampoline, hoop, or jump rope.
Another exercise you can plan is a behavior lesson. Warm weather is a great time to work on training exercises with your dog indoors, and he’ll be much better prepared to listen to you when you’re outside together or in a different environment away from home.
Remember that every type of exercise benefits your body and your mind. So even downtime spent with simple puppy hugs and kisses is a great wellness workout that will be therapeutic for both of you.
Alexa is the associate editor of Eat This, Not That!’s Mind + Body, overseeing the M+B channel and bringing readers compelling stories about fitness, wellness and self-care. Read more