Fun Exercise Options For Your Dog

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  1. Emma says:

    There are so many fun options to get out and have fun with your dog while getting exercise at the same time! That freestyle dancing is so fun to watch, but you have to have the right dog for that! The main thing is to get out and have fun with your dog, don’t just sit around the house or expect your dog to entertain themselves in the yard!

  2. That’s good advice, Emma!

  3. Heather says:

    These are some great, out of the box ideas! I think Gonzo would love dancing. I can get him up on two legs and hold hands with me so it’s a start anyway. We’ll have to work on it when he heals.

  4. Thanks, Heather! I tried getting my golden retriever Savanna to go under my leg like Sara does with Hero in the video, but Savanna is a big dog and I am a petite woman, so it was a little challenging. Dancing with your dog looks like so much fun!

  5. Dakota and I dance around the house and he LOVES playing catch outside. Great tips!

  6. Thanks, Caren! Dancing is so much fun and a great stress reliever!

  7. Brando and Bogart says:

    Misha loves his fetch! When the family gets together to play basketball, he gets great joy out of chasing down the ball for us, too!

  8. That’s great that Misha wants to play basketball with you! What fun!

  9. Lori says:

    These are great suggestions, but what about exercise for a dog with arthritis who is a senior? Soldier (my mixed breed) is 18 years old and losing his eyesight. Swimming sounds great, but we don’t have access to a pool he can use. Are there alternatives that would be low impact for older dogs?

  10. Hi Lori. Walking would be great exercise for Soldier. Did you get a chance to check out my blog post about Walking With Your Dog For Health and Weight Loss?

    If you do not already have Soldier on a joint supplement for his arthritis, I would strongly recommend that you start him on one. A high quality joint supplement can make a world of difference for a dog with arthritis. The glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in joint supplements help to keep joints healthy and decrease the pain associated with arthritis.

    The joint supplements that I recommend are either Cosequin DS Advanced (which you can purchase inexpensively at Walmart) or Dasuquin Soft Chews (which I order online from for my dog). Both products are made by Nutramax. The manufacturer states that it can take up to six weeks to see a difference after starting their joint supplements, but I often hear from clients that they see a significant difference in the comfort level of their dog in just a couple of weeks.

    Swimming is great low impact exercise. Are there any state parks nearby that have lakes where you could take Soldier swimming?