Let’s Get Physical! ‘Doga’ And Other Pet-Friendly Exercise Ideas

Here at Jetpets, we love keeping up with the latest pet trends! This month, we’re looking at some great pet-friendly exercise ideas.

Are you heading away with your pet in the near future? Whether you’re travelling around, or taking a much-deserved vacation with your pet in tow – it’s always a great idea to stay active whilst away. Keeping your dog active whilst you’re out of your normal routine will help to make sure they’re comfortable in their new surrounds, and it will make you feel energised too! So what are some great pet-friendly exercise ideas to try out next time you’re away?

Doga

Yep, you heard us right, Doga! Think yoga, but you get to hang out with man’s best friend at the same time! Yoga is a great way to relax, de-stress and strengthen – and it does all this for your dog too! Doga is all about connecting and relaxing with your dog, and helping you work together as one. Try starting off with downward facing dog every morning with your dog!

Many Doga classes ask humans to stroke and massage their dogs, breathe with them and sometimes perform some light stretching. Other classes simply involve the dogs being there, present alongside other dogs and humans in a calm, friendly setting.

But you don’t need to head off to a Doga class to get involved. Why not simply try starting off with downward facing dog every morning with your dog!

Hikes

When travelling with your pets, forming a holiday routine is of paramount importance to maintain their energy, their diet and keeping them happy. If you normally go for a daily walk, or a weekly hike, then try and keep this routine going while on holiday. Going on hikes is also one of the best ways to experience a new place!

Stair running

Stair runs are a great way to get a cardio workout in for you and your pet whilst on holidays! Head down to the local park, and see what type of stairs, or inclines you can find. Changing it up between steep, short stairs, and longer stairs will ensure that you get a full body work out. Try changing up the pace to keep your pup engaged!

Agility Training

Agility training is a great way to get your dog’s brain working, as well as getting their daily cardio in! Of course, you may not always have access to an agility track, otherwise why not make your own! Position sticks for your dog to jump over, get them to jump up onto park benches, and run around trees. You’re both sure to work up a sweat! 

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way for you to bond with your pup! Not only does it take core strength, it also takes quite a lot of cooperation between you and your pet. Here’s a few steps to help you and your pup become SUP pros:

  1. Bring treats with you to the beach!
  2. Help your dog feel comfortable around the board and paddle first. Use treats to reward them for sitting near, or on the board
  3. When they’re comfortable, float the board in the water with your pup on it, remember to reward them for all good behaviour!
  4. Sit on the board with your pup and float around, so they can find their balance with you on the board too!
  5. You’re ready to go! Remember to start slow, and reward your pup as you go.

No matter your dog’s skill level, it’s always a great idea to hire them a doggy-life jacket, just to be safe. 

How do you and your pet stay active whilst travelling? Let us know your best tips on our Facebook page.