|Some people put a lot of emphasis on leash walks as the ultimate in exercise for dogs. But with cold weather and icy sidewalks on the way for many Dogsters, poor leash manners can easily put dogs, their people, and even motorists in danger. And even if you enjoy walking your dog, cross-training will allow you to work different doggie muscles and provide health and mental benefits.
Swimming, biking, skijoring, carting, sledding, tug, fetch, running, or backpacking are just a few activities you can enjoy with your dog, depending on his health and your climate. Always check with your vet before introducing a new exercise regimen.
Casey Lomonaco owns Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training in Binghamton, NY.
December 28th, 2011