As a working professional with a busy life I often leave Emma at home all day and feel so guilty for it. I have made countless broken promises to take her to the park or the beach on a weekend, but then end up going out with friends or going to the gym instead. Judging by “the look” she gives me, I know she hates it, luckily she still loves me. But now that the days are longer and there is more sunlight to enjoy there is also more time to get the dog out of the house out of the house and get some extra exercise in for myself too.
Here are some ways to turn walking your dog into exercise:
Take your dog on a hike
Emma loves hikes! She loves being in the wilderness and all the new smells. She is full of energy and long, moderate difficulty hikes are the best way to wear her out. Hikes with sparse crowds are great because she can be off leash and run and roam to her hearts content. Seeing her free and happy makes me happy too. All of my hiking articles are of dog-friendly hikes around San Diego. Check them out to some suggestion for you and your pooch.
Jog with your dog (and make cool rhymes while you do it too)
I’m not sure who benefits more from this one? The dog getting to run out all her pent-up energy, or me getting pulled along by Emma tugging at her leash trying to run faster. Running with your dog is great motivation to keep going and great company. In San Diego there are so many beautiful places to jog with scenic backdrops. The mission bay/sail bay boardwalk is beautiful. The seawall trail on Harbor Island lets you jog with your dog while gazing at the San Diego harbor and city skyline.
Take an extra-long walk
Emma’s daily walks are 15 minutes. How about you leash up your pooch and take her out for an hour or two? You can explore the city and get exercise in even when you’re feeling too lazy to make it to the gym. Try walking your dog in a new neighborhood or one with hills to climb. I recommend walking up Lamont Street in Pacific Beach until you get to Kate Sessions Park. It’s a beautiful open park space where dogs can be off-leash and you can see all of San Diego.
Take you dog to the beach or bay
Emma loves running through the sand, digging her nose in it and walking out into the water. Her fun loving spirit shows itself best when she’s by the water. Bring a tennis ball to throw and your dog (if she’s anything like mine) will be running after it endlessly. There are off leash dog beaches in Del Mar, Ocean Beach and Coronado.
Go on a Dog Date
Taking you dog out is the perfect excuse to be alone somewhere. Have a place you’ve been wanting to go, but don’t have anyone to go with? Bring your dog! I brought Emma to a house party once where I only knew the host. Emma was a friend magnet and broke the awkward ice of meeting new people. I talked to everyone at the party because of Emma!
We also went and watched the sunset together the other night.
No matter where you and your dog end up it always feels good to be out and about knowing your dog is loving it too.