Off the couch, Fido! It’s time to get out and get some exercise. Your dog might just be the best fitness partner that you don’t have to beg to go for a walk. So ditch the dog park and try these 3 alternate dog-friendly activities. You’ll be doing your dog—and your waistline—a favor.
1. Explore a dog-friendly hiking trail
Philadelphia has a multitude of hiking trails that welcome dogs and other pets. What better way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors than with your furry friend? Plus, many of these hiking spots allow your dog to roam leash-free (check individual listings).
2. Try some “doga”
Yes, dog yoga — or “doga” — is a real thing. What’s more, experts say there are real physical benefits for you and your dog. Go ahead and try some yoga poses with your dog. You may be surprised to find out that you and your dog are calmer, more relaxed, and less likely to bark at your neighbor!
3. Navigate the Brandywine River with your dog in tow
Any dog owner knows how much joy their dog gets out of getting some wind on their face, and a canoe or kayak is the perfect way to give your four-legged friend that treat. At the Northbrook Canoe Company, you can bring your well-behaved pooch along as you meander down the Brandywine River in a canoe or kayak. You’re guaranteed to have a tail-wagging kind of day.
Bonus: After spending the day out and about, take a break at one of the many pet-friendly restaurants in Philadelphia!