Five Ways to Exercise with your Pet
The advantages of having a pet include health benefits that extend beyond just improving your mood. In particular, dog owners can choose healthy activities to share with their loyal companions.
According to the research firm Consulta Mitofsky, about 50 percent of households in Mexico have at least one dog, and the figure is 36 percent in the United States. Exercising with your faithful friend outdoors is the ideal motivation to get moving in a fun way. Following are some activities and places in the bay area to try with your new partner, remembering to carry a plastic waste bag (just in case).
Jogging or Walking
Touring the city on foot is one of the best options, as most dogs love to walk and it allows you to take in the destination’s attractions. If you or your pet are unaccustomed to this type of activity, start out by walking for just 15 to 20 minutes and then gradually increase both the pace and duration.
Where to go: Río Cuale Island, El Centro
If you want to go faster and your pet is in good condition, cycling could be the activity that suits you best. To ensure safety for both of you, consider a WalkyDog bike leash.
Where to go: Ciclovía Nuevo Vallarta
This classic dog game is ideal for the beach. Throw the Frisbee and watch your dog catch it in the air. Most dogs will have difficulty getting it right in the beginning, so you can start by throwing a ball.
Where to go: Parque Lineal, Fluvial Vallarta
Swimming is one of the best exercises for you and your dog because it works a lot of muscles with little impact on bones and joints. Whether swimming in a pool or the ocean, remember a life jacket. It is important to take breaks and hydrate frequently, and avoid ingesting pool or ocean water.
Where to go: Emiliano Zapata’s beach (near Punta de Mita), Riviera Nayarit
Follow some of the trails available in the area together and enjoy routes that include natural surroundings and lush vegetation.
Where to go: Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Although it is an increasing practice in our destination, not all establishments allow pets. However, many have taken the initiative and welcome your companion. We are pleased to recommend some of them:
Cafe: A Page in the Sun
Your pet will be able to accompany you and enjoy a bowl of water, whether you decide to sit indoors or outdoors.
Hotel: Puerto de Luna
It has pet-friendly amenities such as beds, water dispensers and biodegradable waste bags.
Pets are welcome in the open area of this Mediterranean restaurant on the Puerto Vallarta Malecón, and bowls of water are offered.
Shopping Center: Plaza Caracol
Its facilities include dispensers of bags and paper towels to collect pet waste.