Get in shape together
Most dogs without existing medical conditions need 30 to 45 minutes of daily movement.
The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. “Start with something less strenuous, like shortrange fetch or a quick walk,” suggests Gary Richter, D.V.M. He notes that swimming together is a great low-impact workout, and many dogs also enjoy hiking for the mental stimulation that comes with new smells. Jill suggests doing squats while playing fetch and running after the ball with your pup to raise both your heart rates. She cocreated the Keep Your Best Friend
Fit program, a series of fitness videos to encourage people to work out with their pets. Dogs who get proper exercise will often show fewer destructive boredomor anxiety-related behaviors, says Richter— and studies show that it reduces stress, anxiety, and depression in humans too.