With rises in both human and pet obesity, the obvious answer is exercise. But don’t feel as if you have to double up on an exercise program for you and another for each pet you may have. There are many exercises that can be done in tangent and be made loads more fun as a result.

But for those who don’t know what or how, just getting started can seem like an impossibility. And worse yet, there can be many wrong ways to start and few ways of learning about them. To help out, we have collected below the top 15 exercises for you and your dog that are chock full of tips, guides, and more to make the most out of any exercise from a simple walk to a fun game for everyone.

    1. Get a Dog
    Tara Parker Pope of “The New York Times”examines why a dog could be the best piece of exercise equipment you ever had. Noting that both they and people need to be walked, the topic is discussed in great detail. Various studies and experts also weigh in on the topic.

    2. Partner Up
    Because it can be difficult to get off the couch and go for a walk, grab a partner who truly takes their walking seriously. With everything from your health to the state of the carpet at stake, a walk can mean far more and be far less stressful when done with a four legged buddy. Sports Geezer also includes studies that agreed with this.

    3. Tips for Running With Your Dog
    Christine Luff is a runner and expert for it at About.com. In this particular blog entry, she details how dogs can make great companions. Tips include which dogs to run with, how to ease them into it, and more.

    4. Jogging and Other Aerobic Exercising With Dogs
    Paw Rescue helps team animals in need with owners looking for pets. In this section, they discuss how jogging and other forms of exercise can be done with a dog. Tips such as breeds, warming up, and overexertion are all shared.

    5. 10 Races to Run With Your Dog
    If you and your dog are experts in running together, why not enter a race together? The bloggers at Active.com list ten races that are both people and pet friendly. You can also find other useful tools on the site.

    6. Exercising Your Dog
    Anthony Olszewki of Petcraft shares a guide on why and how to exercise with your dog. There are loads of tips to consider before you start, such as leash issues and how to lead. He even includes thoughts on how to care for the active dog.

    7. Dog Exercises
    While we all know that there are specific exercises people can do for trouble areas, what about pets? Jen Green is a teacher and author of the Black Dog Blog. In this entry, she shares exercises that are good for dogs such as walking backwards, standing, and more.

    8. How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need?
    Because every dog and person is different, it is important to know how much each needs before diving into a program. The Three Dog Blogger shares how much exercise dogs need and even how to tell when they have had enough. There are also loads of other dog related entries to choose from.

    9. The Importance of Exercise
    We all know that exercise can help treat diabetes in humans, but what about pets? Jeff Mendelsohn and his dog Bender are fighting the diabetic fight and share how in the blog. This particular post shared how a run helped out Bender’s glucose levels.

    10. Advanced Dog Training Exercises
    LJ has two dogs and cat, and they are the three reasons for the blog. However, it is this blog entry on advanced dog training exercises that is of note. LJ answers a reader’s question on agility training and dogs that is a good read for anyone looking to exercise with their pet.

    11. Managing the Exercise Needs of Your Older and Younger Dogs
    A group of bloggers meet here at the All Dog Blog, including many experts. A reader of the blog sent in a question on how to manage exercise by age to one of the expert trainers, and it is answered here. You can also get many entries from dog trainers, vets, and more.

    12. Natural Exercise
    The authors at this blog believe in natural pet health care, foods, and holistic supplies. However, in their blog they also take on the topic of natural exercise for pets. Visit here to get all the posts tagged as such.

    13. New Year’s Resolution
    We all make them and break them, but it doesn’t have to be New Year Resolution time to make a plan for you and your pet to take up exercise. The bloggers at Petlane focus on enhancing the lives of pets and their people through the site and blog. In this section, they share easy start-up tips for making an exercise plan.

    14. Dog and Kids Exercise
    If you have both pets and kids, click here. Dr. Marty Becker is a popular and national contributor and has been labeled “America’ Veterinarian.” In this blog post, he includes tips and ways that the whole family can exercise together.

    15. Dogs Who Sniff Cancer
    If the above exercises are done in whole or part to prevent cancer, check out this blog entry. Piper is a dog from Kansas City whose owner commonly writes about pooches. He reports on the ability of a dog to smell out all sorts of things and includes the implications it can have on cancer detection.

Bonus! Fetch: Although more of an exercise for the pet than the person, a good game of fetch can be enjoyed by both. This guide from The Review Dog shows you just how in addition to having loads of items for dog owners.

It’s a profession that’s both fulfilling and rewarding, and if you love working with animals and be involved in the field of medicine, then choosing to become a veterinarian is your ticket to a satisfactory career. You may have to work long and erratic hours, but the financial remuneration is good and you enjoy a good standing in the community. However, just as with any other profession, there are risks associated with becoming a vet. And if you’re prepared to accept these risks and foresee the dangers, you can avoid falling victim to them.
  • Animal attack: While most pets are well trained and obedient, vets are at risk for bites, scratches and kicks from animals that are in pain or which don’t like what you’re doing to them. It’s instinctive behavior for them, and though they don’t mean to attack you, you could get hurt seriously, especially if the animal is large and strong.
  • Infection: Vets could get infected with fungus or other parasites when examining pets that have contracted parasitical infections if they’re not careful about protecting themselves and following the right protocol.
  • Malpractice suits: There’s a new breed of lawyers now who’re devoting all their energy and time to defending the rights of animals and their owners or caretakers, and they’re called animal rights attorneys. While it’s important to protect the rights of animals and ensure that they’re taken care of and prevented from being abused, some lawyers are akin to ambulance chasers and are trigger happy when it comes to filing malpractice suits. They exploit loopholes in the law and have a go at vets who are not at fault and who are just victims of unfortunate circumstances. So although your priority is to provide the best care for animals, ensure that you watch your back too.
  • Suicide: If you’re reading this and rubbing your eyes in disbelief, vets are four times at a higher risk of suicide than other people, and twice as likely as other doctors to take their own lives, according to a study conducted at the University of Southampton. The reason for this could be that they deal with euthanasia on a regular basis. In the animal world, mercy killing is a necessity, and vets have to cope with the emotional distress of killing an animal they’ve bonded with. This affects them mentally, and over a period of time, makes them believe that it’s not wrong to take a life if the need arises. This attitude spills over to their personal life and they don’t have qualms about suicide if they’re going through a low patch.
Every veterinarian’s practice is different, and each is subject to risks and dangers unique to the nature of their job and work environment. So it’s up to you to assess them and find ways to prevent or get around them.