Did you know you can buy exercise equipment for your dog?
There are actually a bunch of different types of dog exercise equipment to help keep your dog active at home, from agility training sets to interactive toys. And they can be super useful to get out your pup’s energy when you’re not able to take him out for a walk (like if it’s super rainy outside!).
We spoke to Dr. Jamie Whittenburg, a veterinarian at Senior Tail Waggers, to roundup the best dog exercise equipment to help keep your pup in shape.
What can dogs use exercise equipment for?
Exercise equipment can get your dog excited to work out since he’ll be using some fun new tools. It’s also useful for indoor exercise on those days when the weather isn’t cooperating, since your dog still needs physical activity even when it’s snowing out (or too hot).
“Indoor exercise equipment can be useful in climates that are excessively cold or hot to enable dogs to get the exercise they need when they can’t go outside,” Dr. Whittenburg told The Dodo.
Some equipment can be helpful for exercising dogs who are older or are recovering from injuries and need physical therapy or low-impact workouts, too. If you have a senior dog or your pup’s getting over an injury, though, you should talk to your vet first to make sure you find a workout that’s right for him.
Best dog exercise equipment
Dog exercise equipment doesn’t have to be elaborate — it can be just your pup’s toys that keep him active. But you can also get more extensive equipment, like a dog treadmill, if you have a super active pup.
“The simplest form of dog exercise equipment is toys,” Dr. Whittenburg said. “Balls, ropes and Frisbees can all be used to make exercise and playtime for your pooch.”
Here’s some of the best dog exercise equipment you can buy.
How much exercise does a dog need?
The amount and type of exercise your dog needs will depend on a few factors, including its age, breed, size and health, according to Dr. Whittenburg.
“As a general rule of thumb, most dogs need to be active (playing, walking, jogging) for 30 minutes to an hour daily,” Dr. Whittenburg said. “Many working and sporting breeds will require much more than this, and some smaller breeds or dogs with health conditions may require less.”
Why do dogs need exercise?
Just like people need exercise to stay healthy, dogs need it to stay in shape, too.
“Exercise increases muscle mass, helps dogs stay trim, builds healthy joints and improves heart and lung function,” Dr. Whittenburg said.
Giving your dog exercise every day will also prevent him from getting bored. If your pup gets bored, he might find ways to entertain himself, such as chewing on things he shouldn’t (like your shoes or furniture).
“Dogs require exercise, not just for their physical health, but also for their mental well-being,” Dr. Whittenburg said. “Exercise is also vital as mental stimulation to keep dogs happy and to avoid boredom.”
All puppies need exercise, but you don’t always need to go outside to get it done. With these tools, you’ll be prepared to meet your pup’s physical needs no matter the weather.
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