As the saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. And, just by looking at the money Americans spend on their pooches, this saying holds true: on average, Americans spend $126 per month on their furry friends. But owning dogs isn’t just about spending money on them — it’s also about the love and care they receive, and the degree to which all their needs are met. One of the easiest ways to care for your dog is via exercise, which is both a bonding activity and a vital routine for a healthy dog. But if you’re running out of ideas to exercise Spot, here are five fun tricks.
1. Go for a Hike
Basic? Yes. But does your dog love it? Also yes. It’s the perfect way to get a little exercise yourself while also stretching your dog’s legs. And better yet, you’ll walk away feeling better than ever after a little new scenery and fresh air.
2. Swim at a Lake
You can read on the beach or even practice your stick-lobbing skills while your dog gleefully splashes in the water. Given, not all dogs like swimming, but all will at least enjoy racing up and down the beach.
3. Hire a Dog Walker
Not everyone has the time or energy to walk their dog one or even twice every day. If this is you, don’t worry! You can still keep your dog healthy and happy by hiring a dog walker in your city — a Denver dog walker will even have the experience to keep Fido under control and behaving well.
4. Play Ball…Or Frisbee
It’s a well-known fact that dog’s love to chase everything from their tails to a baseball. So give your dog’s tail a break by finding an open field or park and playing fetch. The benefit: you’ll get to gently stretch your legs while they’ll get a full workout.
5. Try Out a Dog Park
This one might take a little planning and is really only best if you already have a sociable dog. If your dog is ready for it, though, it can be a great way for your pooch to make some new friends and tire themselves out. You might even also make a new friend!
These five tricks can all help you keep your dog healthy and happy. Show your love for your furry friend by giving them the care and exercise they need — they’ll thank you for it.