Exercise for Dogs
Exercising Your Dog continued...
Jumping Most dogs love to jump. You can make your own jumps from
materials you have around the house, like cardboard boxes or a broomstick laid
across two low pieces of furniture. At first, try using treats to lure your dog
over jumps that are just a few inches high. As your dog catches on, you can
gradually raise the jumps a little higher. However, keep jump heights at or
below the level of your dog's elbows to avoid stressing her bones and joints.
Also, avoid encouraging your dog to keep jumping if she hesitates or seems
tired after a few minutes. She might be a little sore, especially if she’s over
six years of age, and continued exertion could cause injury.
Dog exercise balls Dog exercise balls, such as the Boomer
Ball® and the Best Ball, are made for soccer-style play. They come
in different sizes and are made of hard plastic. Many dogs love to play with
these, using their paws and nose to play soccer-with you, of course! You can
also play soccer with your dog using KONG toys, which bounce in unpredictable
directions because of their shape, or soccer balls made for dogs or humans.
Dog sports Sports like agility, flyball, obedience, rally obedience,
musical freestyle and tracking can give you and your dog a whole new world of
fun exercise and competition to explore. Activities for specific breed groups
include herding, lure coursing, hunt tests and go-to-ground trials. For more
information on these and other sports, please see our article Enriching Your Dog’s