Lazy dogs want to lounge, not lunge. It’s our job to find ways of working exercise into their daily life. Check out these 5 tricks to keep your lazy dog fit.

Some dogs are just lazy. It's our job to make exercise fun for them.
Some dogs are just lazy. It’s our job to make exercise fun for them.
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1. The Classic Bribe

Let’s face it, lazy dog’s love to be bribed. And we’re not saying this is a bad thing, either! The more treats, the better.

If you make your dog do a trick before they get their treat, they’ll do it. Start with something simple and work your way up. If food is involved, your dog is more than likely to play along.

2. Bring a Friend

If your dog is around an energetic dog, the energy quickly becomes contagious. Before you know it, your dog will be running around in excitement. It’s always easier to exercise with friends.

Schedule a playdate or check out the nearest dog park. Dogs rile each other up, just like humans. They want to jump around and have fun. It’s a simple way to work some playtime into your dog’s schedule.

3. Make Your Lazy Dog Work for Their Food

If your lazy dog is like mine, the only thing they care about is food. There are now toys that give your dog a workout at mealtime. Just pour your dog’s food inside and watch the show as they try to get it out.

There are options for lazy parents too! If you have a dog that’s constantly waiting for you to refill their bowl, invest in a timed dog food dispenser. This way, your dog will become used to the schedule, regulating their mealtimes.

Making your lazy dog work for something they love most. Food!
Making your lazy dog work for something they love most. Food!
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4. Change Your Environment

Sitting inside all day long can drain your energy. Since the pandemic started, humans finally understand what our dogs go through. I know I haven’t gone on a run in weeks. I can’t blame my dog for not wanting to go either.

A change in scenery might be in store for you both. Get out of the house and go to a park or a trail. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your legs. It’s the perfect way to jump-start your lazy dog’s energy.


5. Utilize Your Dog’s Bursts of Energy

Every once in a while your dog will get a burst of energy. They’ll want to run around and play. Use that! This is a magnificent time to get in some exercise.

You can dance around, or go for a walk. Just keep your dog on their toes until the energy fades. Then, they’re ready for their next nap.


How do you keep your lazy dog motivated to exercise? Do you have more tips? Let us know in the comments section below!