Has your exercise routine gone to pot recently? Are you more out of shape than you’d like? We’re going to hazard a guess that if you own a dog, and it’s your responsibility to take them out, they are also looking a little out of shape.
It’s very easy after a hard day’s work to not feel like doing much. The small bit of green at the end of the road is more appealing than the big park half a mile away. If you want your dog to enjoy a long and happy life, though, you need to put some effort into exercising your pooch.
If you’ve fallen by the wayside, exercise-wise, and need some inspiration about the kind of things you can do, you’ve come to the right place as we’re going to discuss several great activities you can enjoy with your cockapoo that will help keep both of you fit.
Game of Fetch
If you were to just take the traditional approach to fetch and other recall games, your dog may get a workout, but you won’t get as much out of it. Switch things up a little, then, by throwing the ball and then chasing after it with your dog. Your cockapoo will probably still win and get it before you, but you will both enjoy the experience more.
Local Park Run
Instead of just walking to the local park, why not see if there are any dog and owner races you could take part in. If there aren’t, you could always plan out your own. Devise a route that will be challenging enough for both of you, while taking into consideration that your dog is the pacemaker, and then give it a go. To push you both a little harder, you could time yourselves and then try to beat your time the next time.
Cycling has become incredibly popular among dog owners over the last decade or so. Thanks to the more sophisticated harnesses and leashes around, there are plenty of options if you want to ride your bike with your cockapoo running alongside you. Just be careful not to push them to much too soon.
If your dog loves the great outdoors, why not take advantage of it, and take them on a camping trip. If you choose somewhere where there are lots to see and do, then you have plenty of excuses to exercise and play with your pooch. You can incorporate other activities into your camping trip to make it extra adventurous.
Hiking – Hillwalking
We have purposely left out walking because we felt that was too obvious to highlight in our list. However, hiking is a bit of a different experience as it involves walking up hills and mountains. If you went camping near a peak, you could combine those activities.
Once you and your cockapoo have achieved a certain level of fitness and speed, you can switch things up a little more by trying some trail running. This is similar to hiking, but with the element of speed added to it. Something is exhilarating about running through woodlands and up or down the side of a big steep hill with your loyal four-legged friend by your side.
As you may know, lots of cockapoos absolutely love the water, well Luna (my cockapoo) does anyway. Swimming is a great way to exercise for both you and your dog, as it is very low impact, but still gives you a good workout.
The thing you need to remember is that most dogs love getting out there and physically exerting themselves. Even if you happen to get a particular lazy cockapoo (they do exist!), you should still aim to take it out for some kind of exercise every day, even if it’s just 30 to 60 minutes of walking around the local park.