exercising with your dog

7 Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog

It’s important to give our dogs plenty of daily exercise. It not only mentally and physically stimulates them, but it helps keep their weight in-check, which, in fact, can prevent many weight-related health issues.

However, you may want to change up your regular routines with your dog to keep it fun for both of you. Check out the following 7 fun ways to exercise your dog. You might just find your next favorite activity to do with your bff..

exercising with your dog

1. Fetch It…With a Twist

Dogs have probably been fetching things since they first began being a human’s best friend. For this reason, the same tired, repetitive game of fetch can become a bit (dare I say) boring after the tenth throw. Well before you chuck another stick, try fetch it, with a twist.

This game involves setting up an obstacle course. It can be with anything you have handy like bricks, stumps, plastic outdoor objects etc. Just make sure it is size-appropriate for your pooch. Once you have the course in place, walk your dog through it a couple of times and reward with a training treat for a job well done.

Here comes the “twist.” Now that your dog knows the course, chuck a toy for him to fetch. This not only creates more stimulation for your dog, but you will have fun, too.

Tip: Use the Bettie Fetch toy that lands and bounces in all different directions. It’s also great as a water toy and for tug-of-war.


2. Doggone Fun Doggy Basketball

This game is fun for big, small or in between dogs and for those rainy days stuck indoors.

All you need is a laundry basket and your dog’s favorite toy.

Put the laundry basket so your dog can see it. Walk him through the process my leading him to the basket with the toy. Give the “drop it” command. When your dog does it, phrase and reward for a job well done. After your dog has grasped the concept change up the location of the “target.

Tip: You can also change up the command to “slam dunk” or “make a basket.” With enough practice and reward, your dog will pick up on the meaning of your command.


3. Doggy Playdates

Dog parks are popping up all over the place, so take advantage of them. Most are designed with separate areas for bigger or smaller pooches and, as long as your pet is obedient and friendly, he can be off-leash. This is a great way for Fido to socialize and blow off some steam.

Tip: Keep an eye on your dog, just in case doggy friend gets too rambunctious.

exercise with your dog

4. Change-up the Scenery

If you tend to walk/jog your dog along the same route, try changing up the scenery. Visit a local park in another neighborhood or take a drive to a new location. This can include areas with hilly terrain, forests or even a beach. Your dog will love the new sights, sounds and sniffs.

Tip: Take plenty of water for both you and your dog, and pack a snack to make it a picnic for two.

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5. Take the Stairs

Many public buildings have a lot of outdoor steps. Take this opportunity to exercise your own glutes and core while giving your dog’s muscles a great workout, too. If you and your dog have the stamina, repeat the process until you’ve both had a great cardio session.

Tip: If the building has a lot of people coming-and-going, you may want to wait until it closes.


6. Play Chase

Do you remember playing chase (or tag) as a child? Then bring back those (hopefully) fond memories and play chase with your pooch. Dogs love to chase and be chased so it shouldn’t be hard to engage your pet in this type of game.

Tip: If your dog gets overexcited when playing chase and wants to jump a lot, you may want to avoid being around children for this game.

exercise with dog

7. Yoga Dog or “Doga”

Although, Doga is not a “running around” exercise, it’s still a great way to stretch those muscles and bond with your dog. These classes are popping more-and-more and incorporates exercises you and your dog can do together. Plus, your dog will love the massage – now if they could just train our dogs how to massage us back…

Tip: These Doga can also be found online in case you don’t have a studio near you.


Get Fit Have Fun

Exercising your dog should be an enjoyable time. Whether you follow these 7 fun ways to exercise your dog or come up with your own ideas, spending time with your canine companion is, not only fun, but it’s good for our health.


About the Author: Sandie lee is a regular contributor to the ThePetGod.com. She enjoys writing informational articles to help pet parents everywhere. She hails from a small town in Ontario Canada, with her three rescue cats, two goldfish and a hubby of 20 years.

31 replies
  1. admin
    admin says:

    Doga is funny. How about pet activity trackers? Like fit bits for people. Whistle, Poof, Nuband and something by Garmon for tracking pet’s activity and sleep. Either way, love the ideas, let’s keep our pet’s moving!

    • EntirelyPets
      EntirelyPets says:

      Marcose, That’s a ruff one. Do your best to keep your dogs and cats safe. Consider keeping your cat in at night and closely watch your dogoos.

    • EntirelyPets
      EntirelyPets says:

      Right you are Gloria! Your dogs love exercise and we are so glad that you love to take them. You are a great pet parent.

  2. Alina Rice
    Alina Rice says:

    Do you know any tools to exercise my dogs without anyone watching or playing them. I need it during weekdays cause i don’t have much time with them. Thanks!

  3. Connor Fisher
    Connor Fisher says:

    From this 7 fun-ways of exercise we are creating a great bond between me and my Lab.I don’t actually use harness for my Lab instead i used collar with my Trackimo tracking device attached on it so that i can keep an eye on him.

  4. Araceli Alesna
    Araceli Alesna says:

    I will be doing this 7 Fun ways, I am hoping that my dog will cooperate in this fun ways because this games will make us both healthy.

  5. Fern
    Fern says:

    Sandie Lee has put together some good options there.

    We have found with working dogs (we have a German Shepherd) scent training is really good as it makes them really work hard mentally which can be very draining.

    You get one of your dog’s favorite toys and let them sniff it and then hide it in a small area first (garage), and when your dog gets good at finding whatever you are hiding, you can expand the area and take it outside.

  6. Lina
    Lina says:

    While it’s important to know the risks associated with tug-of-war, it can definitely be a great game to engage your pup both mentally and physically.

  7. Hollie J. Walker
    Hollie J. Walker says:

    Your tips are really great. Now I can play with my dog. And especially I like to play fetch with my dog. It helps to improve his health and fit. From your article, I know many things so I think to utilize them.


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