Active dog month

Active dog month

Did you know that April is Active dog month? Well…you do now!

As humans, we have so many variations of exercise such as dancing, gardening, going to the gym, getting our 10,00 steps in and so much more. It is easy to think that walking your dog is the only way to keep them active, but this is not the only option. Similar to us, there are countless ways to get your dog moving.

Keeping your dog active is fundamental for both their physical wellbeing, and mental stimulation, giving them opportunities to socialise and arguably the most important, reducing the risk of health problems such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease.

Dogs, and their owners can reap benefits from daily walks or jogs. Not only can it be a great reason to get out of the house for some much-needed fresh air and vitamin D, but it can also act as a break from work or other stressful situations. It helps to improve both of your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen muscles and bones, and lower blood pressure.

It can be very easy for our daily routines to change and finding the time to go for a walk can prove to be tricky. Here are some great exercise methods you can use at home or ‘out and about’ to burn some energy.



Simple yet effective! Whether it be a ball, frisbee or their favourite toy, throwing your chosen item and getting your dog to return it multiple times will guarantee they will have a great night sleep! This helps to strengthen your relationship and reinforce positive behaviours, as well as igniting their cognitive processes. For younger dogs, throwing the toys up the stairs can add an element of difficulty but remember to keep a close watch and stay safe doing so.


Tug of war

Playing tug of war allows your dog to express their Innate behaviours and natural drive. It reinforces an appropriate respect boundary between a dog and their owner whilst teaching them to control their natural impulses. Just remember to let them win from time to time to keep them engaged!


Hide and seek

This is a great game to play with treats or yourself! Hiding somewhere or planting treats around a room / garden and letting your dog to run free and search for them pushes your dog to use their senses and brain power as they explore, as well giving them a sense of control over their environment. This has secondary benefits such as reducing stress and preventing destructive behaviours. Mental exercise and enrichment games should not be underestimated! Give this a go and we can guarantee a nap will be on the cards shortly after.



Swimming is beneficial for dogs of all ages, but especially senior dog. Walking through, or swimming in the sea / a lake is a great low impact form of exercise which reduces the strain on sore joints and muscles. If you live in the city, have a look and see if there are any local dog friendly pools near you.



The amazing feeling of dancing to your favourite songs is undeniable. Dogs are extremely emotionally intelligent and can sense and reciprocate our feelings / energy. Turn the volume up and get moving, as you dance you will both be flooded with endorphins and the pleasure centres in your brain will be activated. Burn some calories and boost your mood!



Grab your cushions off the sofa and create a mini obstacle course at home. Allowing your dog to jump over hurdles and follow a planned-out route is a very effective way to burn some energy. Practicing agility regularly will improve your dog’s endurance levels and obedience skills, as well as adding some variety and fun into their routine.



Dog Yoga! There has been a huge rise recently of Dog or Puppy Yoga across social media. There are classes you can attend across the whole of the UK! This is a great excuse to socialise with your friends and their dogs too. If this isn’t up your alley, practice some easy to replicate poses at home such a ‘downward dog’ and see if your dog follows along. This can help you and your companion to wind down and focus.


Exercise is vital for overall wellbeing, but it is essential that your dog has the best fuel to aid activity. A nutritious diet with additional supplements targeted towards their specific needs is key.

We would love to see your favourite ways to exercise your dog. Post a picture or video on Instagram or TikTok and tag us @petspurest

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