Walking is one of the very best exercises for both you and your dog
Walking is one of the very best exercises for both you and your dog, especially if you are new to exercising. Walking is a great low-impact, calorie-burning exercise as well as being the most convenient of all the various exercises we will discuss here.
Here are some ways to increase the effectiveness of walking for you and your dog:
Strive to take your dog on longer walks as much as possible. You may not be able to do this during the workweek or in the mornings or evenings but, as a rule, the further you walk your dog, the more calories you’ll burn.
Try to keep a fairly brisk pace. While a leisurely walk is still exercise, you will get better results by keeping up a faster pace (allowing for the occasional sniffing and bathroom breaks, of course).
Go for the hills. Walking up hills will increase the workload, also increasing the intensity of the exercise, which will in turn, help increase your results.
Try to keep moving consistently. This can be difficult with a dog that is constantly stopping to sniff everything. To remedy this, try using a long lead, such as a 16-foot flexi lead. This allows your dog to trail behind you somewhat, to sniff things. As they get closer to the end of the lead, give them a signal such as a whistle or a tongue click, to let them know that their time is running out and that they had better keep moving. It may take a few light tugs to get them to learn this but they will learn it. Of course, some smells are extra special and require more attention!
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