3 Ways Pilates Can Do Wonders For Your Dog’s Wellbeing
You might have heard about the rewards of pilates for us humans - but have you ever considered how it could help your dog?
Just like interactive play with a Tug-E-Nuff training toy, dog pilates brings a range of benefits for your dog’s health and wellbeing.
These benefits were once only known to a few dog pilates devotees, but over the last couple of years the sport has become popular with pet owners, and fans of sports like agility and flyball, across the UK.
Intrigued? Before you head off to find a pilates class near you, here are three ways pilates can boost your dog’s wellbeing…
It’s mentally stimulating
Pilates requires a high level of focus and concentration that most dogs don’t typically get from their everyday lives.
This makes pilates a highly enriching and mentally stimulating activity.
If you’ve got the type of dog that never seems to run out of steam - even after a long walk or lots of play - pilates could be a great option for tiring your dog out, and helping them settle well afterwards.
It helps prevent injury
At Tug-E-Nuff, we’re big believers that active dogs are happy dogs. And for dogs to stay active, they need to be injury free.
Taking part in pilates can help achieve this. It engages your dog’s muscles and joints, strengthening their tendons and ligaments, and leaving them less susceptible to injury.
Regular pilates sessions will improve your dog’s overall muscle tone and promote their balance (which will pay off if you take part in other sports, like agility, flyball or canicross).
It’s low impact
If you have an older dog, or one with a health condition, you’ll be delighted to hear that pilates is a great option for you (though we always recommend getting the green light from your vet if you have concerns).
Endless games of fetch or super long walks might be too much for your dog, so pilates is a great low impact exercise option.
It promotes blood flow and can even reduce swelling in joints caused by conditions like arthritis.
A word from our in-house Play Expert, Chelsea...
‘Playing tug with your dog’s favourite Tug-E-Nuff toy every day is a brilliant way to keep your dog active and happy.
‘If you’re looking for a low-impact way to add to your dog’s activities, and boost their overall wellbeing, pilates could be an excellent option for you.
‘I do FitPAWS sessions with my dogs, Kai, Nala and Nero (you can see them in action above), to keep them fit in between dryland sled races - we love it!
‘You should seek support from a qualified and experienced dog pilates or canine fitness instructor before you begin. Search for classes locally to you or ask your trainer for recommendations