Spring has sprung at DogApproved.co, and with the flowers blooming and the sun shining brighter, it's the perfect time for our doggos to get back into their peak shape. Winter might have been great for extra cuddles and indoor play, but now that the great outdoors is calling, it’s time to help your doggo ditch the winter weight. Here’s our guide to the best toys to get your pooch moving and grooving into a healthier lifestyle.
1. Ball Launchers.
For doggos who live and breathe fetch, a ball launcher is one of the most basic but also one of the most fun toys you can have. They encourage your doggo to get running and jumping and reinforce retrieval training. You can vary the distance as your dog gets fitter or as they get tire during your exercise session. A big vertical bounce can add variety to the exercise session and aid agility and coordination. See our Ball Launcher
2. Agility Kits: The Fun Obstacle Course
Turn your backyard into a fun obstacle course with a dog-friendly agility kits. They're not just toys; they're tools to improve your doggo’s flexibility, concentration, and fitness level. Navigating through poles, hoops, and tunnels is an excellent workout for their body and mind, helping to trim down that winter waistline.
3. Interactive Puzzle Toys: Brain Games for the Win
Not all exercise involves running and jumping. Mental stimulation is just as important for your doggo’s health. Interactive puzzle toys challenge your doggo to think their way to a treat. This brainy playtime works out their mental muscles and keeps them engaged and active, which can also help manage their weight (just not too many treats). See our puzzle toys
4. Jogging or running together.
If you are ready to pick up the pace and make exercise a shared experience, jogging or running with your dog is fantastic shared experience. This may start as a gentle jog around the dog park or could advance to a trail run through a bush track. It is a fantastic way for you and your dog to exercise together. Depending on your goals and the size of your dog check out our jogging belts for smaller dogs and a light jog or a jogging leash for larger or more active breeds.
5. Tug-of-War Ropes: Strength Training Made Fun
The classic game of tug-of-war is more than just fun; it’s a full-body workout for doggos. Our durable tug-of-war ropes are made to withstand even the strongest of pullers, offering an excellent way for your doggo to build muscle and increase overall fitness. Plus, it's a great bonding activity for you and your doggo. There is also a version of this exercise that your doggo can do solo with a suction cup based version of these toys. See our rope toy enrichment bundle here, or the suction cup rope toy.
6. Floating Water Toys: Splish-Splash Exercise
As the weather heats up, water play is not just refreshing but also a fantastic workout. Floating water toys encourage swimming, which is one of the best forms of exercise for doggos of all ages. It’s low-impact, which means it’s easy on the joints while still providing a great workout for weight management and improving cardiovascular health. Check out our floating frisbee.
7. Frisbees: For the High-Flying Pup
What’s more exhilarating than chasing after a flying disc? Our selection of frisbees is tailored to meet the needs of any doggo, from beginners to seasoned disc catchers. They’re not only great for running but also for jumping, which increases agility and calorie burn. Check out our most popular handled frisbee.
Ready, Set, Play!
At DogApproved.co, we're committed to helping your doggo live a long, happy, and healthy life. As the season changes, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce new activities that will keep your doggo active and manage their weight. The right toys can transform fitness into fun, and before you know it, your doggo will be in tip-top shape, ready for the adventures ahead.
Check out our selection today and find the perfect toy to get your doggo moving. And remember, regular play keeps the vet away, and nothing beats a healthy, happy doggo bursting with springtime energy.
Paw Tip: Always keep fresh water available for your doggo during play, and don't forget to supervise their playtime to ensure they’re safe and having a blast!