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Amp up Your Next Dog Walk! You (and your Dog) will Love You for it!

For those campers that are dog owners, we offer you an added opportunity to get exercise while you give your pooch their exercise time. We know that you have long days, on top of boot camp/small group training, and that sometimes taking the dog out can be a chore. But, instead of looking at it as another chore, grasp the opportunity to throw some more cardio moves in the mix during your walks! Follow these tips to make your next outing a fun and great workout for you and your pet.

Instead of just walking around the block–add some sprints into the mix. Walk for 500 yards, then sprint for 200, and then back to walking. Another option is to add hills–you can power walk up and then run back down. This will not only get your heart rate up, but it will keep Fido from sniffing every blade of grass along the way.

Stop along your walk and do some exercises. If you see a picnic table, try a few push-ups on the bench. Or, on a side of a building you can work out your legs by doing wall squats for 30 seconds. Add some spice to your walks. We know you know the moves, Campers, just think of all the squats, lunges, and other activities we do during training!

Add in obedience training along your route. Instead of taking Fido on a mindless venture–make him/her stop and sit or lay down periodically. Don’t forget the heel command–that is important as well. Of course, it is ok to let your pooch sniff around, he/she is still a dog, but making Fido “think” during exercise will tire them out faster than just the exercise alone.

Make sure you are paying attention to Fido-this is supposed to be your bonding time. No cell phones. Walk, play, run. Squat down, throw balls, and engage with your dog. This will keep him, and you, healthy and active.

Try these moves with the tennis ball/or rope tug:

Show and Tap

Stand with feet hip-width apart, left hand on hip, tennis ball in right hand. Showing dog the ball, lunge to left, then tap ball on outside of left foot. When your pooch goes for it, return to standing and repeat on right for one rep. Do 12 reps. (Think side lunges with weights)

Squat and Paws

Stand with feet hip-width apart, a tug toy in right hand. Squat deeply, teasing dog with tug toy at bottom of squat. As you rise, bring tug toy above head. Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

At the end of your walk, you can incorporate stretching and yoga with your furry friend. Your dog reads your energy, so at the end of the day try to do your stretches and be calm–your dog will follow suit.

Remember, your dog LOVES to be with you. Take your walks as an extra opportunity for exercise for THE BOTH OF YOU. Why not? What do you have to lose by being stronger, faster, and committed? Your dog will thank you for it!

Sources: active.com; Dawn Celapino

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