Staying fit and healthy while successfully handling your busy work agenda is becoming increasingly difficult nowadays. If you’re like me, you’ll probably crash out on the sofa after you get home from work and take a dive for crisps, takeout pizza and other fatty grubs that always stick to the most unfortunate parts of the anatomy. The same goes for dogs – without regular workout, your pet can quickly gain too much weight and fall out of shape. Workout is the best to remedy figure problems – and from my experience with my two dogs, Astoria and Brando, our weight loss exercise helped us both bond better and work on a common goal together. Here, I have several useful tips for pet owners looking to spend quality time with their dogs and lose an extra pound at the same time.Bond with your dog while you both get fit

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  1. Keep walking

One of the easiest ways to get the vital workout with your dog, regular walks around the neighborhood and its vicinity can do wonders for your pet’s figure – and your BMI and waist circumference too. For best results and health benefits, walk your dog at a brisk pace and make sure your canine friend keeps up your pace by a fast trot.

  1. Training with reward

For an extra dash of training motivation and optimal workout efficiency, don’t feed your pet until you’ve returned from your regular exercise routine. In case your pet is reluctant to go out, bring along some canine snacks to keep up its enthusiasm. I had this problem with Astoria for a while but I eventually managed to cajole her into exercising with me and Brando regularly after I bought some dog food online and took kibbles of it on our walks to feed her on the go. Snacks and chews helped me keep her going for an extra mile by rewarding her once in a while.

 

  1. Mix activities

To maximize workout effects and bond with your canine partner better, you can mix different activities in your exercise routine. For instance, a game of chase or a quick dash with your pet running by your side will help you lose weight and get back into shape faster than just regular walks. Begin the running routine by short sprint intervals (reward your pet after the run with a healthy treat if necessary) and work toward a steady fast trot for several weeks.

  1. Ball time

Bringing some toys on for the workout will help you burn a dozen extra calories, so if you want to diversify your training regimen, don’t forget to pack a tennis ball and/or Frisbee. Just like humans, dogs can get bored on the walk and may refuse to keep up the training even with tasty rewards. That’s where a Frisbee or small ball may come in useful – the game of chase or fetch is always exciting, and it may help you persuade the pet to keep moving, though perhaps not necessarily in the direction of your walk destination.

  1. Diet together

If you and your pet both need to lose weight, starting a diet together would be a smart idea. Seeing your dog slim by eating less (or healthier) food will be a great motivation for you to stay on the same track and not give in to starchy food temptations

 

 

Roxana is an adventurer, a frequent traveler and blogger at highstylife.com. Besides traveling she loves to cook exotic food and take care of her two adorable dogs Astoria and Brando and her mischievous cat Archibald. Roxana is a freelance Sydney tour guide and an environmentalist by vocation, and she loves taking long walks at the beach.

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