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10 fun sports you can do with your dog

What better way to spend some quality time with your pooch than trying unique exercises with them for National Pet Month?

It’s a small wonder 1 in 3 dogs are overweight as research shows 90% of pet owners admit to feeding their dogs unhealthy treats such as cakes, cheese and crisps.

That’s why you should show appreciation for your four-legged friend by trying some fun and interesting exercises to keep them healthy and active. Not only do these activities help with weight control, but they also socialise your dog and limit unruly or attention-seeking behaviour.

There are multiple exciting workouts to do with your pup in addition to their daily walks. For instance, go out and play a more extreme version of fetch called Disc Dog.

Interested in skiing? Skijoring uses one to three dogs to pull a cross country skier down trails, or even race courses!

Indoor activities such as running your dog up and down the stairs and playing tug-of-war can also count towards their daily physical activity.

And remember, just because your dog is small doesn’t mean it needs less exercise. If you are unsure about how much exercise your pup needs, check out our dog breed guides or ask a vet or dog care professional.

Dog exercise Infographic from Sainsburys Bank

For more ideas and tips on creative pup fitness, read Sainsbury’s Bank dog exercise guide.

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