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Tips for Exercising With Your Dog

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Exercising with your dog can serve as added motivation to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Whether it’s taking a leisurely stroll, playing a game of fetch, or going for a quick jog around the neighborhood, both of you can embark on a journey to better health by exercising together. Here are some tips on exercising with your dog from a conversation with veterinarian and 2023 CNN Hero of the Year, Dr. Kwane Stewart and Fetch Pet Insurance

Do you exercise with your dog? How does she feel about it?
Dr. Kwane: Kora and I run together. I love taking her to open fields or in the canyon and running off leash. We frequent the beach; she loves the waves and sand. My favorite is running off-leash at the beach — nothing like it. She loves it. I love it. It’s one thing for her to play on her own, but she’s a different dog when she gets to do it with dad. What’s funny is I’m not that motivated to run by myself, but when I can take her, it changes my attitude.

How does exercising with your dog benefit them? 
Dr. Kwane: Spending time with their person while exercising is the fountain of youth. It gives their body the best kind of natural medicine that alleviates stress, enhances their immune system and balances hormones. Exercising with your pet is one of the single best things you can do for your emotional and physical health, and it works at both ends of the leash.

How much exercise does a dog need? 
Dr. Kwane: This varies dramatically from dog to dog. Age, breed, and fitness level can allow some dogs to walk no more than 5 minutes and others to go well over an hour. Know your dog and take advice from your vet. 

What types of physical activities are OK to do with dogs? 
Dr. Kwane: Walking and running are probably the most obvious and popular. But playing games or throwing the ball — whatever they love to do — is just as good. Like us, every dog is built differently and, with training, can be capable of amazing physical feats.  Start easy and do something you enjoy. 

Whether you take your dog on a run or a regularly scheduled walk, exercise is just as important for your pet as it is for you. It can also help you bond with your pet among many other benefits. Remember to always consult with your dog’s veterinarian as every dog is different and may have limitations depending on their health history and breed among other factors. 

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This content is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.


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