If you were a fan of the hot-in-the-90s rollerblading fitness trend, maybe it’s time to pull those skates out of the back of the closet, as many pet parents can rollerblade with their pups in tow (similar to biking).
As with most new forms of exercise, it’s important start slow. Pugh says that dogs could potentially hurt their paw pads when rollerblading on hot asphalt with their owners. Rollerblading with your dog running alongside you can also cause harm to a dog’s joints, especially if your pup is overweight. However, if you think your dog might be a good candidate for this type of exercise, the benefits include increased cardio vascular fitness, weight loss and increased strength, says Pugh.
“What’s great for people is their dog can be both blading partner and helper,” says Pugh, saying that dogs can help pull their owners up a tough hill (just be sure to not lean on your dog entirely to get you up the hill) or encourage you to keep going.
“Having a partner to workout with that can actually assist with training at more difficult times is one of the best things about working out with someone else, and a dog is more than happy to do that,” he says.