‘One day I have my dog by my side as I cycle around Singapore’ – trust that we are not the only ones with such thoughts in our minds! Cycling, jogging, inline skating with dogs are all considered part of high intensity workout. It drains their energies rapidly and it gives those muscles a good round of workout.
While everyone has different reasons and agenda, the most common reason to bring your dog on an high intensity workout will be of course, you have a high energy dog. The quickest way to drain his energy is a simple jog in the park. From time to time, we can get tired of walking every day and night and want our dogs to experience something fun and different. Having a dog means having a full-time exercise partner, many active young owners take their dogs with them while training for marathons.
Josser enjoying his run beside our bike!
Besides draining their energies, keeping their bodies in shape and mind stimulated, doing high intensity workout with your dog can also help build a better bond between owner and dog. Before you start doing high intensity exercises, it is always important to check if your dog is suitable for such exercise.
ø Rules of thumb
ALWAYS remember to only bring healthy dogs for high intensity workouts. We started our dogs on fast lure coursing and cycling only after they turned 18 months.
NEVER, never over exercise your puppy or senior dog! Puppies can sustain permanent injuries before their bodies are fully grown. If you are unsure, check with your vet or trainer.
ALWAYS start slow and keep your dog in check. Give them enough breaks and build their staminas gradually. Every dog is different, some need a longer time to learn how to cycle beside you, some need more breaks and some are just born natural. Slow down, stop and give your dog a break once you feel that he is getting tired.
PREPARE enough water and always, always check for injuries before and after exercising, especially on their paws. Never exercise an injured dog and never force your dog to go faster or further.
Looking into professional exercising tools can be a good long term investment –
Hands-free jogging leash: Allows joggers to jog side by side with their dogs without having to hold on to the leash.
Bike Mounts: For dogs can be a good safety precaution when cycling or scootering with your dog. The mounts will help keep your dog away from the tyres and prevent your dog from pulling your bike over.
We typically recommend to start without these tools, get yourself and your dog used to exercising together, then decide which tools are most suitable for both of you.
Remember, exercising with your dog should fun and relaxing for both you and your dog. By the end of your exercise, there’s no doubt that your dog will be grinning from ear to ear!