It’s RAGBRAI week here in Iowa, and thousands of riders will be pedaling their way here to Ames tonight for their overnight stop. With all the athletes visiting our town, we here at VetMeasure couldn’t help but think of all the fun ways we can get out a get moving with our pets. Here is a list of just some of the activities you can enjoy with your pet while getting the benefits of exercise at the same time.
- Take daily walks. Walking is not only a great form of physical exercise for both you and your dog, but it also has many added benefits which might easily be overlooked. Going for a walk is a great way to teach your dog manners, such as how to politely walk on a leash. Taking a stroll through your neighborhood also allows your dog to socialize with other people and dogs you may meet along your route.
- Go for a hike. If you love the outdoors, hiking is another way you can enjoy nature’s beauty with man’s best friend at your side. Hiking offers your dog an open space where they can explore new smells, sights, and sounds. You should always remember the potential dangers from toxic plants/foods, insect vectors for disease, and contaminated water you and your dog may encounter while outdoors. Research trails around your area to hike the next time you are looking for adventure and be sure to contact the appropriate person to ask about their pet policies on the trail.
- Pick up the pace. If you have a very energetic dog and walking isn’t quite enough to meet their exercise needs, let them run. Running may not be for everyone, and we couldn’t talk about RAGBRAI without mentioning biking as a way to exercise with your dog, so consider hopping on your bike to ride along. Find a route where you can allow your pet to release their energy while you pedal close beside them.
No matter how you choose to exercise with your dog, we hope you find yourself enjoying the fresh air and time together with your furry friend. Please remember to speak with your veterinarian about your animal’s individual health and exercise needs before starting a new exercise program with your pet.