Dog Exercise

Get up and get moving! Dog exercise is an important part of keeping your dog healthy, happy and youthful. And it can be so much more than just a walk around the neighborhood. We’ve got plenty of ways to make exercise fun for both you and your pooch!

Are you looking for a way to include your four-legged family member into your own workout schedule? You will want to look into Furry Fitness, dog dancing, doggy yoga, or some of our various articles on including dogs in your workouts, whether at home or in the gym. If you pooch is the athletic one in the family, don’t worry! We have the information on all the dog sports out there. Who knows, maybe your dog has a hidden talent for kicksleding, skijoring, paddle boarding or urban mushing and canicross. Regardless of yours or your dog’s fitness level, you’ll definitely find an activity that’s a perfect match for both.

Since we really think about everything here at Petguide.com, in addition to helping you find a fun way to include dog exercise in your routine, we also review different products, gadgets and places that promise to get your pooch fit and energized. Heard about indoor dog parks, but not sure where to find them and what to look for? Or you’ve just read about a doggy version of Fitbit, but you’re wondering if it’s worth the investment and does it deliver on the promise? Our reviewers always have the insider information on the latest doggie fitness fads.

Exercise doesn’t have to be a boring chore. Here at PetGuide.com’s Dog Exercise blog, we strive to offer solutions and ideas to any dog owner and their furry half, whether you’re a couple of couch potatoes, outdoor enthusiasts or a little bit of both. All you need to do is pick out what works best for you!

Fitness With Fido – Get Moving And Get Muttivated!

Obesity is on the rise – in both humans and dogs. If the thought of a workout doesn’t get you excited, perhaps you’ve been looking at it th…

Furry Fitness: Words Of Wisdom From A Pooped Human

Kevin Roberts and his dogs have been working up a sweat and toning their tushes at a local dog/human fitness class. Now that it’s wrapped up, he has th…

8 Signs Your Dog Wants to Go for a Walk

Who needs to go for a walk? You dog does! Here's how you can tell if your dog wants you to take him for a walk.

Furry Fitness: Fuzzy Buns Of Steel

Kevin Roberts and his pack feel the burn as they take on their first human/canine fitness class. Today is gym day with the dogs – our first actual clas…

4 Cool Benefits of Walking Your Dog in the Winter

If you find yourself making excuses not to take your pooch out for a walk during snow days, here are some cool benefits of a winter dog walk.

6 Tips To Improve Your Dog’s Physical Fitness

Get moving with your pooch with these tips on fun and free physical activitiesRegular exercise is incredibly important for your own health and fitness, but it is also necessary for your pet. The more active your pet is, the healthier he is going to be. You don’t necessarily need to take your dog on a 5-mile run every day, but there are some simple ways you can improve your pet’s physical fitness – and your own! In this article you will receive 6 helpful tips to get your pet to be more active and to improve his health.

Wheely Good Time: Bikejoring and Scootering Part 2

All Kevin Roberts needs are a set of wheels and his energetic dogs to have a good time. And once he explains the ups and downs of Bikejoring and Scootering,…

Indoor Dog Fitness Ideas To Keep Your Dog Moving This Winter

Don’t let winter curb your dog’s exercise – we’ve got some indoor activities to get you moving We all tend to hibernate in the winter…

SUP: Stand Up Paddle Boarding With Your Dog

Kevin Roberts talks about the latest trend in water sports that people and their dogs can enjoy together – Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Stand Up Paddle Bo…

5 Foot-Friendly Tips That Will Save Your Athletic Dog’s Paws

Paw injury is common in athletic dogs. If your dog participates in any kind of sport, prevent cut or blown paw pads with these pawsome tips.

Best Dog Treadmills

Dog treadmills are one of the most efficient solutions for meeting your dog's physical activity demands from the comfort of your home.

Do You Know the Best Snow for Skijoring?

It's snowing - so it's time to skijor! But if you're new to the sport, where do you go? Kevin Roberts has some tips to pick out primo skijor spots.

Dock Diving Dogs Are Making a Splash This Summer

Do you think that your dog has what it takes to be a competitive dock diver? Hold your snout and jump in - the water is pooch perfect!

Winter Training Tips: Getting Started In Skijoring

Skijoring is a team sport. You and your dog work together to get around a trail, tour the back country or glide across the snow on your local golf course.

How To Be an Expert Athletic Supporter at Dog Sled Races

Got plans this weekend? If there’s snow on the ground, why not take in a local dog sled race? Kevin Roberts has an essential checklist of what you need…

What You Need To Know About Indoor Dog Parks

It's pretty cold and snowy - but there's no excuse to sit on the couch with your dog all winter. Get moving and check out indoor dog parks near you!

4 Pro Tips to Picking the Right Dog Disc

Before you toss that disc for your dog, do you know if it's safe? What you need to know before your dog chomps down on a dangerous piece of plastic.

Dogs Get A Kick Out Of Kicksledding

Uur resident expert on all sports that include dog pulling wants to introduce you to another cold weather activity you can do with your dogs - kicksledding.

Take A Hike: Adventures In Dog Hiking Part 2

The big day arrives – Oscar and I take our first steps toward becoming hikers It was a beautiful Saturday morning when Oscar and I made our way to hiki…

Why Your Dog Needs To Warm-Up Before Canicross Workouts

Before you head out on your canicross run, do you do stretches? What about your dogs? A warm-up is an important part of your canicross workout.

Mountain Boarding With Dogs: Off-Roading Adventures Powered By Pooches

Kevin Roberts finally gets his feet on a mountain board – and suffers a hard break. Here’s what he learned from his spills and thrills, and what…

I Ruff You – Why Exercise Is A Gift Of Love To Your Dog

Show your dog that you love him by getting off the couch and giving him a great workout! Can you smell it? Love is in the air, especially so close to the mos…

Take A Hike: Adventures In Dog Hiking Part 1

A-hiking we will go! Oscar and I take on the challenge of dog hiking Oscar and I decided we needed a new challenge this summer. We’re not the most athl…

The ABC’s of Kicksledding

Knowing your ABC's are crucial - especially when it comes to kicksledding. Kevin Roberts teaches you the alphabet of kicksledding.

School’s In Session – 101 Introduction To Agility Training For Dog

Agility Training for dogs has a multitude of benefits. Once your dog masters the basics, you may find that agility training is a natural progression.

Secrets of Canadian Mushers: Why Dog Boots and Deep Snow Don’t Mix

If it didn't come from the mouth of a Canadian Musher, I wouldn't believe it myself! Kevin Roberts tells us why you don't use dog boots in deep snow.

Nama-stay! Doga Gives Yoga A Furry Makeover

Haven't heard of it before? It's a new dog-friendly activity that pooches and their owners can participate in together, combining dogs and yoga - Doga!

Why Do Dogs Love to Fetch?

Some dogs could play all day - you throw the ball, they go get it and bring it back for you to throw again. But what is it about this game that dogs love?

Cycle Safely With Your Dog Thanks To The Bike Tow Leash

Now that the nice weather is here, take your dog for a bike ride with this innovative leash We’re always on the lookout for products that make life wit…

Get Fit With Fido: Exhilarating Workouts For You And Your Dog

The best personal trainer is your furry best friend! Get active, get healthy and get going – it’s time to kick 2015 off with cool physical activi…

Dog-Powered Running: Get Fit With Canicross

Are you and your dog runners? Hook up a harness and line, and give canicross a try! Kevin Roberts goes over the basics of what you’ll need to set a pan…

How to Pick the Right Skis for Skijoring

What should you have on your feet when taking your dog out for skijoring? Kevin Roberts breaks down what to look for before strapping a pair onto your feet.

Mountain Boarding With Dogs: Off-Roading Adventures Powered By Pooches

A close call with a car ends Kevin Roberts’ pastime of skateboarding with his dogs. But that can’t slow him and his high-energy pack down. That&r…

5 Simple Ways to Lose Weight With Your Dog

Don't think of it as a resolution - if you want to get active, make goals that you can share with your dog. Here are 5 ways to lose weight with your dog.

Feel The Burn: Canicross In The Snow

The winter doesn't mean you can hibernate until April. There's no excuse for laziness. Kevin Roberts wants you to get moving and give winter canicross a go!

Beat the Heat: Tips for Canicrossing in Hot Weather

How hot is too hot to go canicrossing? When the weather heats up, be sure you're well prepared for exercising in hotter temperatures.

How To Choose a Headlamp for Night Time Dog Mushing

Lots of things go bump in the night - but you don't want it to be you or your dogs! Longer nights mean lighting up the trails with the proper headlamps.

5 Ways to Paddle With Your Pooch

There's no reason why your dog can't join you in your paddling adventures. Just hop into these paddle-powered watercraft that are perfect for pooches.

2014 Dog New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions feel like an impossible to-do list and we give them up quickly. But would you be more likely to keep them if they involved your dog?

5 Fundamental Training Tips for Sport Dogs This Fall

Follow these five fundamental training tips to ensure you're making the most of autumn, and your team is in awesome shape for winter dog sports.

Step Up To Dog Dancing

Time to get out on the floor and shake your treat maker! Dog dancing is a popular sport and a great way to have fun and get active. If you’re looking f…

4 Dog Mushing Mistakes That Make You Look Like a Noob

Bad habits are hard to break, so why not avoid them in the first place? Steer clear of these dog mushing mistakes that make you look like a rookie.

Top 5 Reasons To Go For An Autumn Hike With Your Dog

Avid outdoorsman Kevin Roberts doesn’t like to be shut indoors… especially at this time of the year. He and his pack take advantage of the milde…

How to Find the Right Urban Mushing Instructor

Kevin Roberts doesn't just walk the walk - he also teaches what he preaches! This accomplished urban mushing pro offers tips on finding a good trainer.

6 Types of Urban Mushers You’ll Meet on the Trails

As a seasoned skijorer, Kevin Roberts has seen all kinds of people on the trails. You'll get a kick out of these sledding stereotypes!

Get Stoked to Go Skateboarding With Your Dog

Are you a poser or a real sk8er boi or grrl? If you're the real deal, we've put together a few tips on how to skateboard safely with your dog.

Stayin’ Alive: How to Cheat Death When Kicksledding

Don't make kicksledding a death-defying sport - we'd hate to worry your mom! Kevin Roberts goes over how to safely kicksled while still being a bad ass.

5 Disc Doggin’ Tips For Sporty Noobs

Disc doggin' is a great way to have some fun in the summer sun with your best four legged friend. Here's what you need to know before you start out.

Teaching Your Dog to Run on a Treadmill

You're not the only one who can use a treadmill to work off those extra pounds. When your dog needs to release pent-up energy, get him on a treadmill.

5 High-Flying Disc Dogging Tips From A Pro

Summer – it’s the time of year you and your dog can unwind, feel the grass beneath your feet, run across the warm sand on the beach or hang out i…

8 Tips On How To Prepare For Your First Skijoring Race

And they’re off! Our resident skijoring expert Kevin Roberts sounds off on what you need to know about races before you cross the finish line. It&rsquo…

Winter Workout: The Frost-Savvy Snowshoe Dog

Release your inner Yeti this winter and bring your dog along for the snowshoeing adventure! Snowshoeing is fantastic exercise, not to mention an avalanche of…

Furry Fitness: Pumping Up With Your Dog At The Gym

Workouts at the gym can be a bore. You know what would make it fun? Dogs! Kevin Roberts sweats alongside his dogs at a human/canine fitness class. Combined,…

The Basics of Bikejoring With Your Dog

You've heard about bikejoring and you want to give it a go with your pooch. Here's what you'll need and what you'll need to know before you get started.

7 Cool Facts About the Iditarod Race

White-outs and sub-zero temps won't stop the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! If you're following the race, here are a few cool facts about the annual event.

How To Start Running With Your Dog

Pound the pavement with encouragement from a furry jogging partner - running with your dog is a wonderful way to keep the both of you in good health.

Add Canicross to Your Cross Training Routine for Perfect Performance

In canine sports, you and your dog work together to reach and exceed expectations. If you're stuck in a rut, canicross is the next step in your workout.

6 Jolly Ways Exercise Will Help You Survive The Holi-Dogs

Merry Skijormas! Kevin Roberts serves up a few bright tips on how to make the most of the holidays – especially when active dogs are part of your festi…

5 Pet Portaging Tips For Canoeing With Your Dog

Here’s something I’ve always wanted to do – go on a canoeing trip with Oscar. For outdoor adventure Kevin Roberts, it’s just another…

How To Correct Common Bad Mushing Habits

You're gung-ho about getting started in the sport of mushing. But be sure to avoid this common mistake and teach your dogs how to mush right from the start.