In order to ensure that your dog remains healthy, you must combine the right diet with the right exercise. Just like human beings, pets needs to be fed on the right nutrients and also need to exercise their body. If you let your dog just stay indoors only eating and sleeping, this will make it sluggish and obese. Contrary to the belief held by many people, you need no spend a lot of money in acquiring the right dog exercise equipment. Here below are some simple equipment options to help in exercising your dog.
Large exercise ball:
Exercise balls are not for rehabilitation centers, Pilates classes or yoga. Just the way exercise balls help in strengthening human core area, they can help strength dog’s core as well. These balls will also help improve the dog’s control, reaction and balance. Some of the dogs may want to use these balls for playing their soccer version and that is good as well.
Motorized treadmills are among the most popular dog exercise equipment. Just like the human treadmills, your dog will get on this machine and then walk or run. It will help increase the dog’s muscle definition. Exercisers on treadmill will also help tone up the dog’s body and generally make her healthy and strong. Dog treadmills exercises can also help overcome excess energy, and this means the dog will not spend the excess energy destroying your shoes and doing some other crazy things.
At first, your dog will not feel at ease when on the treadmill. Thus, you need to introduce the dog in this machine by gradually walking them on it, and then teach them how to run and walk over, then how to step down safely from it. It may take time before the dog gets used so you need to be patient. Ensure you set the machine to the lowest speed as you train the dog. With time, the dog will learn how to use the machine for her exercises and will no longer need to be assisted.
Popularly known as the obstacle course, this dog equipment is made of several of the exercise equipment which are used together in order to create exercise regime which challenges the owner and the dog. In this exercise, the hound will be made to run under and over obstacles and also jump over others. This will test his speed and agility because completion of one course will involve combination of several techniques. Agility course may include dog walk, tire jump, or running through tunnel or teeter board. You can buy the full course of the required equipment or build one for your dog.
Skijoring is a form of sport in which a dog pulls a person standing on skis. Only minimal equipment is required to get a dog to do participate in the sport. As the dog pulls the person on the skis, it will exercise all its body. Only harness and skis is needed to participate. Life jackets for dogs may also be required for skijoring.