10 Proven Ways To Lose Weight With The Help Of Your Dog

Let’s face it, most people want to shed a few pounds, especially after the holidays! Sadly, most don’t think about a simple tool that many have laying around their house…literally!

Your four-legged friend can be one of your most valuable weight loss and motivational tools!

 

Best of all, there’s no monthly subscription, no yearly maintenance fees, no one gawking at you while working out, and you get to spend more time with your favorite furry pal!

Of course, there are a few downsides to exercising with your canine companion – oh wait, no there’s not!

Your furry buddy will be so happy to spend more time with you and will show you more love, working on that pack-like bond. After all, running in a pack is a dog’s natural instinct. So running with the pack leader is just the best feeling in the world to your dog – aside from a daily belly rub!

I’m going to tell you 10 proven ways to lose weight with the help of your dog and your pup will love you for it!

 

Warm-Up

This is the most important part of exercising, as warming up your muscles can help prevent injury. The same goes for your dog, although it doesn’t happen often, he too can injure himself. My brother-in-law’s Jack Russell ripped a muscle playing a simple game of fetch – don’t risk it!

Grab your dog’s favorite outfit, leash, and collar then simply start out by walking. Slowly increase speed until you get up to a brisk walk. 10 Minutes should be good for warming up those muscles.

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Walking

After a warm-up, if you’re just beginning, you could continue a simple walk – don’t worry, your dog won’t judge you. Walking at a brisk pace will actually burn more calories than you think. You could burn around 250-300 calories in 60 minutes walking at about a 3.5 mph pace. This will build you up for other exercises on our list of 1o ways to lose weight with the help of your dog.

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Stair Climbing

So you think walking is too easy and you won’t burn enough calories…well, let’s climb some stairs then! Grab the leash and a comfortable collar for your pal and hit the stairway to fit! Alternatively, you can use your local high school bleachers, if they’ll allow it.

This exercise will help your pooch work on his coordination while burning off the mornings bowl of kibble.

This exercise is a great way of burning your quads, glutes, and hamstrings as it can burn upwards of 600+ calories.

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Cycling

This one is for all those high drive, fast pace dogs that just want to yank your arm out of its socket. If you have one, you know what I’m talking about. A simple walk or jog just isn’t good enough for your speed demon. Cycling is perfect for most dogs because they love to just flat out run! Which is good for you too because cycling can easily burn 500+ calories per hour.

If you love the idea of cycling with your canine companion, consider getting a Springer Dog Exerciser. It connects securely right to your bike so you don’t have to hold the leash. It absorbs the natural tugging of your dog while he’s running. They even make it so you can cycle with TWO dogs at the same time with the Xtra arm.

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Jogging or Running

Jogging or running with your pup seems like it should be pretty self-explanatory but you’d be surprised as to how many people don’t take their dog on a run with them. Make sure you have a good collar or harness and running leash.

Just getting out there and enjoying the scenery while your running partner looks up to you for praise and encouragement is in itself an achievement we should all strive for.

Average calories burned here has so many variables, I don’t want even begin to give an average. Due to speed, weight, uphill, downhill – it’s nearly impossible to calculate one.

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Fetch

Believe it or not, you can lose weight by burning calories, just throwing a ball! Of course, this is probably one of your dog’s most favorite activities and it can be performed nearly anywhere. Your four-legged buddy won’t mind the setting, only that the balls keep launching!

If you really want to get the maximum calories burnt per minute here, simply add some pushups or situps after every throw. Launch the ball as far as you can, get on the ground quickly and pump out as many pushups or situps as you can before your workout partner gets back.

Note – you’ll wish he could run a little faster after a few sets of these!

 

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Racquetball

Coming in at number 7 on our list of 10 ways to lose weight with the help of your dog is Racquetball! This could be one of the most fun games you’ll play with your dog. Find yourself a parking lot with a nice brick wall/building. Grab a tennis ball and a racket.

The number of calories you’ll burn swinging your racket and chasing that ball around will be insane. The number of calories you’ll burn chasing your dog around when he finally gets the ball…well, that tops the cake! Mmmmm…cake. Which leads us to our next amazing exercise…Keep Away!

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Keep Away

No, we aren’t playing keep away with the cake…focus!

Playing keep away with your pup can get you active while having a ton of fun. This simple game can be played with almost any object and nearly anywhere! A toy tug, a frisbee, an old sock, even a simple stick can be used to play keep away. Now the only question is, who is keeping the object away from who? No, matter – you’ll burn that extra slice of cake off in no time playing keep away with your furry pal.

This game can quickly escalate into a competitive game of tug of war!
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Doga (Doggie Yoga)

I had to do a double take on this one. Driving by the park one day and there they were. A woman and her dog – doing yoga. It’s becoming more and more popular as more people are getting into yoga and becoming one with themselves.

Canines don’t care what the activity is, they will still participate – even if it means that you’re helping them get into a pose.

Doga is really about the human-dog bond, which is important in the pack mentality of a dog. If you haven’t tried yoga yet, do it. It burns 250-ish calories in an hour. If you haven’t tried doga…there’s a first time for everything!

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Swimming

This could be a seasonal option depending on where you live. Swimming can burn a lot of calories while you have fun with your best buddy. If you’re worried that your pup is not the greatest swimmer, consider getting a lifejacket made specifically for him.

You can even combine other ideas in this list with swimming, such as fetch. Throw a sick out into the water as far as you can and see who can get to the stick first! This adds a little competition to the workout as well as an enjoyable bonding experience for your pet.

 

These are just a small list of things you can do with your dog to help you exercise and lose weight. If you have some ideas, please, list them in the comments section below! Enjoy and stay fit!

 

Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription. If you experience any pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare provider.

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