To bodybuilders, cross fit trainers, joggers, runners, free runners and physical athletes the world over who are looking for a few activities to try out with your dog, we've got you covered. We understand that the gym may not be the most accessible place for a dog and that it may be harder than it initially seems to find physical activities that you can perform with your dog. That's why we've complied this list of activities for athletic dog owners to try out with their pets the next time they're looking for ways to become stronger while also bonding with their pets.
Agility Courses are great ways to put your dog's speed and ingenuity to the test; this activity involves coaching your dog through an arduous obstacle course filled with poles, tunnels, sleds, slides and seesaws. This activity is often prominently featured in dog pageants but it's a great way to burn off a lot of your dog's energy, even if you no plans of going competitive.
For the dog owners out there who have a passion for skateboarding, cycling or rollerblading, this activity might just be right up your alley; you'll need a leash to help keep your dog nearby and possibly a special type of harness depending on the terrain you plan on taking your dog through.
This can be a very fun way to build up your dog's coordination skills as well as help them break a sweat out on the Soccer field. To try this activity, you'll simply need access to an open field (preferably one with a Soccer goal or two already set up) and a ball for your dog to nudge and tackle around.
The activities mentioned here are just a few of the many ways athletic dog owners can use to bond with their dogs. Going beyond them, athletic dog owners are highly encouraged to create their own activities with their dogs, so long as they're conducted in a safe and controlled manner. Dogs are animals that enjoy physical challenges as well as mental ones, so be sure to mix up your dog's workout from time to time. With all of the activities mentioned in this guide in mind, feel free to put your own spins on them and modify them as needed in order to give your dog and yourself a good workout.