Stair Climbing for Canine Fitness
Stair climbing provides an intense and readily available high calorie burning aerobic exercise.
Climbing stairs is great work for leg, shoulder, hip, and lower back muscles. It’s more work than running because each step requires the lifting up of the dog’s entire body weight through the height of the stair. Going down the stairs involves negative contraction of the quadriceps, intensifying the workout considerably. Additionally, stair climbing helps the dog with coordination and agility. For an even more advanced workout, a weighted doggy back-pack may be used to intensify the exercise and to give your dog a sense of purpose.
We will use stairs throughout the city—from the stairs in Dumbarton Oaks Park, to the National City Christian Church entrance steps, to the magnificent stairs of the Capitol building—as each staircase provides a different height and distance to the next step.
While doggy daycare and dog walkers use a 'cookie-cutter' approach and treat all dogs the same, Pant & Wag fitness programs are developed exclusively for your dog.