When you think about what it takes to keep your dog healthy, you probably think of food. 

It's not just about feeding, petting, and loving your pup. You also have to ensure that your dog is getting enough exercise daily. A dog who doesn't get enough exercise will more likely develop health problems such as obesity and joint pain. 

Keeping your dog healthy can be enhanced with the following activities. 

Keeping Your Dog Healthy With These Activities

1. Walking

Walking is the best way to keep your dog healthy. It's not only good for their physical health, but it also helps them mentally. Dogs who have a daily walk are happier and more stable than dogs who don't have regular exercise.

Also, a stroll allows your dog to use her nose to explore the environment. Take your time. During the walk, let your dog explore the area at her own pace. Try to switch up your path sometimes so your dog can experience new sights and smells.

2. Running

Try running with your dog to take it up a notch! Not only will this get both of you some much-needed exercise, but it will also bond you closer. Use a hands-free leash to make running with your dog more convenient. Running off-leash is typically not advised for legal and safety concerns.

Start slowly when running with your dog and gradually increase your speed and distance. Avoid exercising in the heat, especially on surfaces that can burn your feet. Keep an eye on your dog's tolerance for exercise and give him rests as necessary by checking in with him frequently. When running, bring a lot of water with you.

3. Cycling

Some dogs cannot run alongside your bike. Some situations may make this risky for you and your dog). However, biking with your dog may be enjoyable if you do it correctly.

Start slowly to allow your dog to get accustomed to the bike. After that, give her some time to become used to running and following you. When you start, ride as slowly as possible and steer clear of sharp corners. To avoid having to hold your dog's leash—which should always be on—you might wish to purchase a nice bicycle attachment

4. Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

There's nothing better than getting outdoors with your pup. It is a great way to exercise and spend time with your furry friend while enjoying nature's beauty. Your local parks department or city website should have information on nearby hiking trails that allow dogs.

5. Dog Agility

Dog agility requires the handler (you) to guide the dog through an obstacle course. The obstacles include jumps, tunnels, and teeter-totters. Dog agility is great for dogs with the energy to burn and needs an outlet for those pent-up energy levels.


Keeping your dog healthy doesn't have to be hard or expensive. Your dog should have play time, exercise time, and rest time. A few minutes a day can go a long way to helping your puppy lead a healthier, happier, longer life.