Top Muscle Building Exercises for Dogs

Want to build some serious muscle in your dog? Here’s where you should get started. Think of these as the most effective muscle-building exercises out there for your bully:

1.) The Spring Pole

What Is A Spring Pole & How Does It Work?

If you’re looking for ways to give your dog more exercise, the first place you should start is with a spring pole. A spring pole is basically a spring connected to a rope that hangs down from a tree branch or a wood beam.

The beauty of the spring pole is that it allows your dog to play tug-of-war with himself!

This makes it incredibly convenient, since you don’t have to actually be there. It’s a great way to provide your bully with countless hours of entertainment and fun, while allowing them to expend excess energy (which results in a better-behaved dog).

And, of course, a spring pole will also go a long way in helping your dog to develop bigger, stronger muscles and more energy & vitality.

Here’s a video that shows you how to build a spring pole in just a couple minutes at home:

How to Use Your Spring Pole

Once your spring pole is completed, the next step is to hang it from a very sturdy tree branch or wood beam overhead. Look for a convenient spot where your dog will be able to use it when he or she is out in the pen or tied up outside.

You should start with your spring pole about 4 feet off the ground. As your dog grows bigger and stronger, you can raise the spring pole over time to give your dog a greater challenge. Many dogs love to play with spring poles that are 6 feet high or more!

At first, your dog may not understand how to play with the spring pole. If that’s the case, try shaking the spring pole to entice your dog to jump at it. You can also attach a cowhide to the rope to make your dog more interested.

If that doesn’t work, here’s a sure-fire way to get your dog started:

Lower the spring pole to the ground, and play tug-of-war with them. Once your dog gets the idea, you can gradually begin to raise the rope. Before you know it, your dog will be having the time of its life playing with its new spring pole.

Still want more info on spring pole? Get more tips here.

Here’s a video of ACE from DarkDynastyK9s going to work on the completed spring pole:

2.) The Flirt Pole

What Is A Flirt Pole & How Does It Work?

Think of the flirt pole like a giant cat toy.

It consists of a long stick with a string attached to it, and a rope or other toy at the end. All you have to do is wave it around and your dog will naturally chase after the end of the rope. It’s a simple & cheap tool that is easy to use for the owner…while giving your dog an amazing workout.

This toy taps into your dog’s natural hunting instincts, and is a great way to train your dog’s ability to spring, jump, and change directions.

Finally, the flirt pole is a great way to tire out your dog when he or she has too much energy. You can use the flirt pole to tire them out after a walk (if they didn’t get all their energy out), you can tire them out before a walk (so they’ll be better behaved), or you can use it to tire them out instead of going for a walk (if you just don’t have the time).

Before using a flirt pole, it’s important for your dog to already know a few basic commands. (Otherwise, you may have a hard time getting your dog to cooperate.) Those commands are:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Leave It
  • Drop It

Here’s a quick video of Fred Duran from Primo Line Kennels showing you how to make a flirt pole at home:

How to use the flirt pole:

3.) The sport of weight pull

What Is Weight Pulling & How Do You Get Started?

Weight pulling is exactly what it sounds like: it’s where your dog pulls weight (usually bricks or concrete) by means of a harness.

Because it’s the only form of weighted, resistance exercise available to dogs, weight pulling is quite possibly the #1 exercise to build lean muscle in dogs. It’s also a more rigorous and demanding form of exercise, so you should always check with your vet before getting started with weight pulling. Also be sure to progress slowly, and make sure your dog gets the rest they need to fully recover from each weight pulling session.

Many owners find that participating in weight pulling is a great way to strengthen the owner-pet bond.

Because you act like your dog’s coach in this sport, it really bring the two of you together as a team.

Here’s a quick video from Sam Eusebio from Dungeon Kennels 5150 teaching you how to get started with weight pulling:

Get the Most from Your Workouts with Bully Max

You’ve just learned how to give your dog a great muscle-building workout. Now why not get the most benefit possible from those workouts?

Real muscle is built after exercising, when the body recovers from that exercise & repairs its muscles to be bigger and stronger. And having the right nutrients & vitamins is essential to this muscle-building process.

Bully Max is the #1 muscle-building supplement for dogs in the world. Nothing else in the world comes close to Bully Max’s power-packed formula with its high amounts of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that your dog needs to build lean, solid muscle.

So use the exercises above to give your dog a great workout, and then give your dog Bully Max to help them make the most out of their exercise.