My Newfoundland likes to dance with me. If I dance at home he runs round me and plays .. We have even developed a small routine. It is a blast for both of us. My golden retriever is up for anything. He often tries to push me off the treadmill so he can exercise by himself. I wish I loved exercise that much!
Hi Jess, I take Baby Star (who is my deaf, pitbull) and Baxter to doggy daycare where they are exercised all day with activities, swimming, lunch etc. They are teamed up with dogs their own size, etc. Daytona is my 130 pound Rott, who has no interest in playing with other dogs. He is a walker, so that's what we do. It might be something to look into. Keep us posted! XOXO, Jojo
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I love your bulldog! He sounds like one my friend had, several years ago. He would do the same thing, start off with enthusiasm, but when he got bored he would quit and lie down, and she would have to call her husband to come with the car and carry him home! She wanted another bulldog when he passed, but her husband put his foot down and they got a golden retreiver, and he's a super jogging partner.
If you live near a dog park, maybe you could take your pup there for some exercise and bring along some power bands or even a print out sheet of things like lunges that you can do there as well. You will both get to socialize and get some exercise as well.
What might work for both of you is uphill walking. It gets your pulse up but your dog should be able to keep up if he's not overweight and used to regular exercise. If he seems to be panting hard you may have to condition him gradually. Dogs, like people resent exercise if it is forced on him. Take a few treats along and motivate him to keep up but don't try to make him go faster by pulling on the leash. If he's ahead of you you know he can handle it. Some dachshunds can keep up with joggers but dogs are often bored with the monotony of running in straight lines. Using a flexi-leash and running away from traffic may help. Birgit
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My name is Jess and I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestion for a workout routine that I could incorporate my dog into other than just walking. He's a two year old dachshund and I want him and myself to be able to exercise together, but he's terrible at jogging and walks get a little monotonous for me. Any suggestions? What type of different routines do you do with your dogs? What works best for your breed of pup?
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