Man’s best friend has now become man’s best workout partner! Exercising with your pooch is an awesome way to get you out of the door and will see your endorphin levels rise and stress levels fall. Better yet, your dog won’t try and talk you out of a work-out to watch the latest ep of your fave TV show! Walking with your dog is a great place to start but try these activities to get your heart rate pumping and burn off those extra calories!
Frisbee is an awesome activity that will get you outdoors and keep you and your dog active all afternoon. As you throw the frisbee to your dog, run with him as he goes to retrieve it – a fun way to introduce interval training into your daily play dates.
Most dogs love a good wrestle so wrestling with them is a great way to get a workout while keeping your dog entertained. Tug-of-war with a rope toy is an excellent alternative to wrestling if your pooch is too small or can’t. Or if you’re a fan of stand up paddle boarding why not take your dog along on your next SUP session?
Bush walks get your muscles working while enjoying some of Australia’s best views. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite dog-friendly bush walks for you and your furry friend to exercise and have fun together. Make sure you pick a trail that’s at a suitable fitness level for you and your dog so you can make the most of your day out.
Lake Parramatta, Sydney, NSW
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Parramatta CBD, Lake Parramatta has 60 hectares of bush and parkland for you and your puppy to peruse. There are three walking tracks to choose from, ranging from 1.5km to 4.2km, including a full circuit around the beautiful lake. As it’s a national park, your dog must be on a lead at all times.
Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne, VIC
Yarra Bend Park has plenty of off-leash areas so your puppy will feel as free as a bird lolloping around while you hike until your heart’s content. The Westfield Extension walk (as a continuation of Dights Falls Loop Trail) is a 6.3km loop. Dogs are extremely competitive creatures so try running alongside them to increase your speed and have a bit of fun along the way.
Walk from Chapel Hill to Mt. Cootha Lookout, Brisbane, QLD
The 270 degree views over Brisbane are the perfect reward for you and your canine companion, which is exactly what you’ll find at the end of the Honeyeater Track. At just under 5km, you can go at your own pace to either get that cardio kick or enjoy a leisurely stroll to take in the beautiful views.
Ellis Brook-Bickley Brook Walk, Perth, WA
Located in Perth Hills, the Ellis Brook Valley Reserve includes heaps of walking tracks that range from easy to difficult. With free entry and a large picnic area, as well as an impressive waterfall, Sixty Foot Falls. Want more? You’ll get a spectacular view of Perth from the top of Sixty Foot Falls – the perfect backdrop for a selfie with your pooch!