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Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Is Your Best Exercise Buddy

  1. He will never bail on you. Dogs are always eager to accompany you with your workout and won’t complain that they had to get up early this morning or are having a bad day.
  2. A dog is never late for a workout. You don’t have to wait for your dog to get ready because he is ready to go out and get moving whenever you are.
  3. Your dog won’t judge you. Dogs don’t care if you run too slow or too fast or if you’re sweaty and stinky after exercising. They are always glad just to be hanging out with you.
  4. Dogs are easy going. Your dog won’t complain when it gets tired and it won’t try to out-compete you. He will jog along at your side until you’re done.
  5. Dogs are great motivators. They’re always bouncy, eager, and optimistic about working out which is great encouragement to get you more enthusiastic about exercising. Plus you’re much more likely to stick with an exercise plan if you have a buddy.
  6. Dogs don’t gossip. They won’t distract you from exercising by chatting about the latest gossip and who said what.
  7. You don’t have to buy running shoes for your dog. They don’t require fancy workout gear and top-of-the-line sneakers; dogs are always appropriately attired for any exercise.
  8. Exercise is great for both of you. Dogs need physical as well as mental stimulation and exercise keeps both you and your dog healthier and happier.
  9. At the end of your workout when you’re cooling down, you know your dog will be right by your side panting with a smile on its face.
  10. It can be fun for you and it’s definitely fun for your dog. You’ll feel better knowing you provided some good entertainment for your canine pal.

Some tips for exercising with your dog:

  • Walk your dog often, at least once a day if possible. Walking is a great way to get your dog and yourself some exercise, burn calories, and can be done just about anywhere.
  • Leisurely walks are great when chatting with friends, but try to speed up the pace with your dog. Try to stay on the move with limited stops for sniffing and dog bathroom breaks.
  • Gradually increase the length of your walk. The weather’s getting nicer, so why not reward your dog with some more one-on-one time. You will also benefit from the extra exercise and thank yourself when it’s time to put on that swim suit!
  • Lastly, stay hydrated! Make sure to bring water for you and your dog. With the sun in season, you don’t want to put your dog at risk for dehydration or heatstroke.
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