Spring Into Action: Fun Exercise Ideas for Your Canine Companion

Spring Into Action: Fun Exercise Ideas for Your Canine Companion

Spring Into Action: Fun Exercise Ideas for Your Canine Companion

As the winter chill melts away and nature bursts into bloom, it's time to embrace the great outdoors with your furry friend. Spring offers a perfect opportunity to get outside and make exercise part of your dog’s daily routine.From agility exercises to exhilarating runs, here's a roundup of delightful ways to exercise your dog this spring. At Cherrybrook we have lots of great toys and sporting equipment available to make your dog’s exercise routine fun, easy, and beneficial!

Agility Adventures

Agility training isn't just reserved for the pros – it can now be an exciting and beneficial activity for dogs of all ages and breeds. Set up a mini agility course in your backyard or local park using equipment such as tunnels, see-saws, A-frames, and weave poles. Not only does agility training provide physical exercise, but it also engages your dog's mind, promotes obedience, and strengthens the bond between you and your furry pal.For agility enthusiasts who want to practice at-home, without travelling to a training center, this is a great and affordable way to train in your own space!

If you are interested in getting started with your dog in Agility, the American Kennel Club offers resources on this sport as well as the Club Search tool to find an Agility Club near you. 

Agility equipment can be expensive to purchase, and time-consuming to DIY yourself. Better Sporting Dogs equipment solves this problem with affordable agility equipment for all dog owners!

A black and white dog running out of an agility tunnel.

Here’s a list of agility equipment you can use at home:

  • Tunnels: The tunnel is a great activity for beginner dogs as well as more experienced agility dogs. Tunnels may be shorter – e.g., 10 foot – or longer – e.g.16 foot.
  • ‘Chute’, ‘Closed’ or ‘Collapsed’ tunnel: Although no longer used in AKC competition, the ‘closed’ tunnel has a section of ‘collapsed’ fabric for your dog to run through after completing a small section of tunnel.
  • A-frame: A challenging obstacle which requires your dog to make contact with specific sections of the frame before exiting.
  • See-saw or ‘teeter’: One of the more challengingobstacles, which requires your dog to run up the see-saw, wait for it to lower by their weight, and descend. 
  • Weave poles: Your dog will learn (and love) to weave or ‘snake’ through the weave poles!
  • Bar jumps: Adjust the bars to your dog’s preferred height based on their height and experience level.
  • Tire jumps: Adjust the height and watch your dog soar through the jump!
  • Pause box: Teach your dog to pause while agility training.

Agility Equipment Sets

Want a set of agility equipment? We offer 3-, 5-, and 7-piece agility sets from Better Sporting Dogs!

Better Sporting Dogs 7-Piece Deluxe Dog Agility Equipment Set

Rope Toys

Rope toys are a classic choice for interactive playtime with your dog. They're versatile, durable, and perfect for tug-of-war sessions that get your dog’s mind and muscles working. Plus, rope toys can help maintain your dog's dental health by acting as a natural toothbrush, reducing plaque and tartar buildup as they chew and play.

SodaPup USA-K9 Cherry Bomb Durable Rubber Chew Toy & Treat Dispenser

Frisbee Fun

Have you ever watched your dog leap through the air to catch a flying disc? Frisbee fetch is a fantastic way to combine exercise with mental stimulation and agility training. Start with short throws and gradually increase the distance as your dog's skills improve. Just remember to use a dog-friendly disc to prevent any injuries during playtime.

SodaPup Bottle Top Flyer Durable Rubber Retrieving Frisbee in Orange

Free Running

Sometimes, the simplest activities are the most enjoyable. Letting your dog off-leash in a safe and secure environment allows them to stretch their legs and engage muscles they don’t otherwise when simply walking or jogging. Whether it's a spacious dog park, a wooded trail, or a sprawling meadow, free running gives your dog the chance to stretch their legs, sniff new scents, and get their much-needed exercise. Please always make sure you are confident in your dog’s off-leash behavior and be mindful of the environment of public dog parks.

Throw inball or rope toy for added fun and exercise!

Jogging Journeys

If you're a fitness enthusiast looking for a four-legged jogging buddy, spring is the perfect time to introduce your dog to jogging. Jogging not only provides excellent cardiovascular exercise for both you and your dog but also strengthens muscles, improves endurance, and promotes weight management. Remember to start slowly, gradually increasing the distance and pace to match your dog's fitness level.

If you’re looking for a new leash to make your jogging experience more enjoyable, the Jelly Pet Multipurpose Leash is a great, versatile option! It can be shorted to a short, medium or long leash and be used hands-free on your waist or shoulders.

Jelly Pet Multipurpose Dog Leash

Safety First - Choose the Right Exercise for your Dog

Before embarking on any exercise regimen with your dog, it's crucial to prioritize safety. Ensure your dog is in good health and consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns about their physical fitness or any underlying medical conditions. Additionally, always supervise your dog during playtime and be mindful of their limitations to prevent overexertion or injury.


With the arrival of spring, seize the opportunity to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle with your canine companion. Whether you're navigating agility obstacles, ‘tug-of-war'ing with rope toys, or running or jogging, there's no better time to get outside and exercise your dog. 

Mar 26th 2024

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