5 Great Workouts For You and Your Dog

Dogs are great buddies and even better workout partners. They are always up for a jog, a walk, and a car ride. If you’re looking to burn a few calories but don’t always feel motivated to do it at the gym or alone, take your dog with you! You won’t only get a great workout but you’ll strengthen the bond between you and your dog. He’ll also get a great workout, build some more muscle, burn some fat, and sleep like a baby at night!

Here are 5 great workouts that you and you dog can do together:

1: Swimming – if your dog loves water and you do too, there are plenty of lakes and beaches where you can both jump in, do a few laps, and play some games together. It’s low impact on your body, works all the muscles, and can cool you off on a warm day. If it’s too cold to swim outside, some pet spas allow you and your dog to swim together all year round.

2: Frisbee and Fetch – Get your dog up and running and yourself too! After you throw the ball or frisbee, jog or run about 40 feet to a new spot so your dog and you are always moving. Toss the toy again and move again another 30 to 40 feet. If the park is big enough, work your way up to backing up and moving around more and more. Do this for a few rounds and you will find that your dog and you are winded. It’s a great way to do sprints and have fun.

3: Wrestling and Tugging – if your dog is good about playing games of tug and likes to wrestle with you, play a few rounds of tug of war, and a little bit of wrestling and nudging each other around. Big dogs like to run up and bump when playing, bump back! If you have a big rope toy play a little fetch and a little tug. Make sure to keep the activity fun and not let it escalate so your dog doesn’t get too rough. If your dog gets way too excited for a game like this, then don’t do it. Also, make sure your dog knows that this game is something you two do and not something he can do with everyone.

4: Hiking – work out your legs, push your lungs, and let your pup explore. A good long hike through your local park or a drive to a national forest can be a great way to spend a day. Bring some snacks for both of you. Make sure your dog is up to date with shots and has flea and tick protection since wooded areas can be crawling with critters that can be harmful to him.

5: Running and biking – Most breeds love to run. Go for a 2 mile run or longer if you and your dog have the stamina and strength. Biking with your dog tethered to the bike using the handy leash accessory that can be bought at your local pet store can give you both a workout. If your dog starts lagging, that means it is time to turn around and head home. Also keep in mind the breed of your dog, greyhounds are sprinters and labs tend to be long distance runners. Make sure you aren’t pushing yourself or your pup too far.

Upcoming Pet Events in New Jersey

Lots of fun cat and dog-related events are occurring in New Jersey the first few weeks in June 2010. They include festivals, walks, kitten showers, restaurant benefits and more family fun!

BarkFest 2010

Upton Pyne Estate

Bernardsville, New Jersey

June 6

BarkFest 2010 will be sponsored by St Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. It will go on Sunday from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM, rain or shine. There will be a dog walk and outdoor festival going on, as well as cats and dogs up for adoption. The festival will have live music, shopping, disc playing, dog massages, dog games, kid games, food, animal communicators, contests, prizes, a grooming station, giveaways, free iced coffee and free wagon rides.

If you register for this event before June 3, this event is $15 per adult, $5 per dog, and free for children under 12. After June 3, it is $20 per adult and $5 per dog.

Fundraiser Event

LITM

Jersey City, New Jersey

June 5

The Liberty Humane Society is holding a benefit at the restaurant and gallery, LITM (Love is the Message), from 5:00-8:00 PM. There is a minimum $10 donation cover, and there will be $1 raffle tickets for sale. It is a chance to eat some food and meet people in the community.

Responsible Pit Bull Ownership

City Hall

Jersey City, New Jersey

June 8

This presentation will cover how to be a responsible Pit Bull owner, and will go on from 6:30-8:00 PM. It will go over many topics regarding the breed, including its history, myths, temperament, behavior, education, owner responsibility and breed issues. This session is a suggested $10 donation, and you can reserve a spot by emailing: [email protected]

Kitten Shower

First Federated Church

Bayonne, New Jersey

June 10

This kitten shower is sponsored by the Hudson County Animal League, and will start at 7:00 PM. It is the start of kitten season at the shelter (and all shelters), so appreciated donations include litter, kitten formula, food and money. For more details, contact Maureen at 201 424-5405.

Doggone Purrfect Gold Classic

Ballyowen Golf Course

Hamburg, New Jersey

June 17

This day-long event will start at 11:00 AM with registration, and then wrap up around 8:00 PM. Individual golfers are $200, and foursomes start at $650. It will feature the 18-hole course, as well as prizes, lunch and dinner.

Summer Blast Off

Patsy’s Pet Shop

Totowa, New Jersey

June 19

This store’s blast-off will go on from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, and will feature pet adoptions, free samples, product information and store discounts.

Upcoming Dog Events in the Carolinas

If you and your dog are planning on being around North or South Carolina within the next few weeks, there are a ton of fun activities, all which have charitable causes. They range from Saint Patrick’s Day marches, to dog bars to demonstrations.

Raleigh St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Raliegh, North Carolina

March 13

Everyone is welcome to participate in the St Patty’s Day Parade, which is starting at the corner of Wilmington and Lenoir Streets. The parade will start officially at noon, but line-up at this point begins at 10:45 AM. The non-profit organization, Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue will be participating in this event, where goldens, along with every other breed of dogs, are encouraged to dress up in green and march! Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after; owners must bring waste bags.

Following the parade, there will be a St Patrick’s Day festival, in Moore Square of downtown Raleigh, which will be full of family fun with live Irish dancing and music!

Pooch Party

The Dog Bar

Charlotte, North Carolina

March 13

After the St Patrick’s Day parade in Charlotte, you can take your dog to the Dog Bar, the city’s one dog-friendly bar! There will be a small party at 1:00 PM, and you can drink and support the Great Danes of Ruff Love.

Walk for Wags

The Dog Salon

Charlotte, North Carolina

April 17

The Dog Salon is sponsoring a walk to benefit the Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love. It will start at 10:00 AM, and there will also be raffles, giveaways, discounted self-service dog washes, and other fun things for humans and dogs.

Bark to the Park Walk and Festival for the Animals

Finlay Park

Columbia, South Carolina

April 17

This day-long event will begin with a one-mile dog walk. Registration will start at 9:00 AM, the walk will start at 10:30, and then the festival will start at 11:00 and go on until 4:00 PM. If you wish to register for the walk, it costs $20; if you only do the festival, it is $10.

This festival is meant to raise money for the pet shelters in the Midland. Activities will include food, pet competitions, local rescue groups, disc demonstrations, discounted microchipping, vendors and educational booths.

Bark in the Park

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock, North Carolina

April 24

This will be the sixth annual Bark in the Park, which will last from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Leashed dogs and humans are encouraged to attend, and watch some contests, agility demonstrations, information booths and more.