A beneficial way to spend quality time with your furry friend is to get outside together. Naturally, exercise for dogs is a great way to stimulate and enrich their daily lives. We sat down with Trupanion pet program manager, J. Marmol and veterinary technician, Aubrey Halvorsen, to further discuss exercise for dogs and the impact it can make on them. Read on to learn the importance of exercise for dogs and tips to help your furry family member.
Exercise for dogs: enjoy your time
1. Puppy training in fall weather
The crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves are not only picturesque, but also give you a unique chance to train your puppy. “Expose your puppy to fall weather and leaves, as it is a learning opportunity. It gives them the chance to become accustomed to different weather conditions,” says Marmol. Also, you can snap some adorable photos while you’re out enjoying nature together!
2. Explore new terrain
Fall weather is a wonderful time to hit the trails and try hiking. Although you can hike year-round with your pup, there is something special about hiking with your dog in fall. Consider your pet’s health condition and physical stamina before picking a hiking trail. Further, check with your veterinarian if you have any concerns prior to taking the trip.
3. Interaction and enrichment
nothing like taking the time to bond with your furry friend. Interactive play
and enrichment outdoors provides mental, physical, and emotional stimulation.
In addition, it gives you the chance to get some fresh air and take some time
to enjoy an activity together. Consider tossing the ball, going for a run, or
taking a walk in the refreshing fall air.
4. Personal health
Your pet’s daily activity is essential to their overall wellness. By taking the time to get outdoors and experience a new environment or situation, it is further enriching their life. Besides the physical activity and the positive exposure to new people, places, and things is beneficial to a developing dog.
about scheduling a play-date with friends for all the dogs to get out and enjoy
the weather together.
Exercise for dogs: year-round fun
for you and your best friend
exercise for dogs is especially festive during the fall season, there is no
reason why you can’t get out and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer
year-round. By taking the time to get outdoors and exercise, you’re providing
learning and enrichment opportunities for your best friend. And the bond you
will share is priceless.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.