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Exercising with Your Dog

Pets Can Help Improve Your Health & Fitness


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  • I read the exercise list in March and got our Dorkie in April. Sophie is just 6.5lbs. She makes us laugh and I must take her for a walk usually around 11 am and then again after supper. She follows me around the house and sits in the window to watch the children going and leaving school. A wonderful companion for hubby and I. Great suggestion for exercise.
  • KRUTH1956
    I have two pups--Emmett, an English Shepherd who is just over a year old (and fairly high strung, so we HAVE to keep him tired!) and Lucy, a 5 month old Lab mix (1/8 pit-bull). They LOVE their walks, though they don't like having their walking harnesses or leashes put on. LOL. Once they are ready they are SO happy.
    Unfortunately, since I don't drive, we are limited to our self-contained semi-rural area but we try to get to town on the weekends when my son in home.
  • We adopted Cora in May and I've been amazed at how much more I walk. She gets about a 20 - 30 mins walk each morning and several more during the day. I haven't changed anything in my prior workout routine; just added the walks.

    Love it! Although I have to admit, I'm not looking forward to that morning walk in the snow and freezing temps :(
  • I have always credited my weight-loss to my brothers dog. She is my walking and jogging partner.
  • I take my border collie for a walk almost everyday. At our turnaround point there's a river and I let him swim. He swims around in circles and drinks as he swims, then gets out and is all refreshed and ready to walk home. :)
    My Son has a Korean dog, He is just the best dog ever! He's been trained, His only problem He is a licker, but if you tell Him down, He'll quit! I just love Him! I have no animals, but I love cats. I may get one or the other! Have a Tremendous & Blessed
  • Waaaah! Want, can't have.
  • Titan , my adorable Yorkie has traveled many miles with me.
    My best walking buddy. Always ready. unless it's too wet.
    We did some rain and snow walking one year, working on a streak. he stuck with me.
    But the next rainy season, he wanted nothing to do with rain.
    In case you wondered he has rain gear and if it was too wet or snowy I would carry him in his carrier , one that's like a baby carrier, strapped to my chest.
    Good thing he's 7 lbs.
    He encourages me to get out and walk when I'm not really up to it.
    It might be a short one. but some better than nothing.
    Spark on.
    I rescued my Lab Mix, from the Humane Society in August 2012. Since then, we have walked almost every day. She loves to walk, and gets very sad if she thinks we will miss a day! The only days we have skipped were days it was too icy to be safe! Together, we have logged almost 2000 miles!
  • we have 3, but they don't really need walking. They have a fenced yard, a dog door, and each other to chase all day (and they do!)

    I walk a friend's dog after work several days a week. Many days I'd just go home if I didn't know she was down the street, waiting for her long walk. Thanks to that dog, I exercise after work every day!
    So very true. Our dog loves to walk with me. If anyone says the word "walk" in a sentence, they better be prepared to go out the door, because she'll go in circles!! I just love her. The most inspiration I have around me all the time!!
  • If you really want exercise walking a dog, try a black lab/husky mix. I didn't take her for a walk, she took me for a run!
  • I so wish that I was not allergic to animals. I always had dogs as well as cats. Now I feel like I'm doomed to live on 2-3 allergy pills a day. When the DR. told me that I thought he was crazy. Well I outlived my dog and I am pretty sure that one of my cats is banking on out living me. LOL! Dogs are such great fun for exercising. I really loved my boxer, my lab and golden retriever.
  • I've only owned dogs when I have lived in houses with large, fenced yards, so I've never *needed* to take my dogs for walks. Then I started taking the two dogs I have now for walks about a month ago, mainly because they would cry and wait for me by the gate when I started going on walks myself as part of my overall lifestyle revamp.

    Man! Talk about a difference! The enthusiasm the pups have when they realize we're going for a walk is the best possible positive reinforcement I could ask for. It transforms "boring excercise" into "a wonderful adventure and bonding experience".

    I couldn't ask for better work-out partners, or a better way to stay motivated!
  • I have been walking my various dogs for the last 30 years, usually around 3 times a day. I am now on my third dog that I have been taking for regular walks, every single day, rain or shine! I crocheted my current dog a few sweaters since his fur is thin so he won't get cold in the winter, and when we walk and he gets tired I carry him (he weighs less than 15 pounds) so I get an upper body workout sometimes too! We take one long walk in the morning, another long walk in the afternoon, and a short one at night. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I couldn't walk my dog - it helps with the arthritis in my hip! At night I bring a small flashlight with!

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