Dogs are dog-gone cute, aren't they? If you are lucky enough to have a dog (or several) you have a built-in buddy — someone to play with, talk to, and wrestle or walk with.

Dogs can help us to get outside and moving. They need exercise as much as we do, and practically everything is more fun with a dog at your side. On bad days, you can always count on your dog to make you smile.

Doggy Activities

Here are ways in which you and your dog can exercise together:

  • Walk, run, or go for a hike.
  • Play ball in the park.
  • Wrestle on the lawn or the carpet.
  • Dance around the house.

No-Pet Zone?

But what if you live in a no-pet household, and no matter how much you beg you know that rule is not going to change? If this is the case, there are still lots of ways you can incorporate dogs into your life.

For instance, have you ever considered volunteering at a local animal shelter? Not only do shelters need help caring for their animals, but shelters may also welcome your assistance at special events, whether that be fundraising or raising awareness and publicity.

Another way to spend valuable doggy time while staying active is to assist an elderly neighbor or relative in playing with or caring for his or her dog.