Everything you need to know about Muscle Building in Dogs!

Bodybuilding is not an easy task. Be it for humans or dogs. It takes effort. And a lot more, especially when it comes to muscle building in dogs.

Have you ever looked at the same breed of your dog and wondered why your dog is so puny? 

If your dog has the potential but he/she hasn’t built the muscle, then it might need a little bit of exercise. If your dog is still a puppy then you might have to give them some time as puppies grow at a different rate.  But, if your dog is about 1-2 years, then it is time to concentrate on muscle building. 

That said, not all breeds can cope up with this. Dogs are of various sizes and have different temperaments. If you have a guard dog then, it is likely that you might want them to be muscular. The muscle mass of the following breeds is high and this makes it easy for you to build muscles. 

Here are some of the breeds that you can choose from

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Rottweilers
  • Boxers
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Myostatin
  • American Bully
  • Greyhounds

To start with, muscle building in dogs includes a lot of diet and workout. 

Here is a quick work-out schedule that will help your dog

muscle building in dogs

Benefits of muscle building and strength exercise 

As humans when we hit the gym or do exercise, we are doing it to improve our health. The same is true when it comes to your dog. Strength exercises such as a flirt pole, weight vest, spring pole, sled track, walk, and light jog will help you improve your dog’s overall health. 

It will help you maintain your dog’s weight and this reduces the stress in their joints. 

Doing these exercises consistently helps in reducing fat. The fat in your dog’s body is the source of inflammation in joints. Proper maintenance of body weight helps in reducing obesity and the fat deposits in your dog’s body. 

It also has the added advantage of increasing muscle mass. This will protect the joints and as a result, your dogs will have a strong skeletal system. This protects the tendons and prevents injury. Your dog will also burn a lot of calories when exercising. This increases its metabolic rate resulting in a healthy lifestyle.

How to Build Muscles?


A protein-rich food is mandatory for your dog’s development. Make sure that your dog’s food is full of healthy ingredients such as natural meats. Avoid feeding your dog corn or unnamed meats as this adds less nutritional value but fills your dog’s stomach. 

Mostly natural food does not only provide the necessary nutrients. If you want your dog to get adequate nutrients, you should look for supplements. These are based on a real nutrient formula and will provide all the vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and proteins needed for your dog.


Exercise is necessary for muscle building in dogs 

Cardiovascular/Aerobic Exercise: It includes exercises that will get your dog’s heart pumping, It helps in burning calories and strengthens their heart and lungs.  Use a soft surface to exercise on, using a harder surface will damage the joints. Your dog can do exercises such as treadmills, jogging, or running. 


5 tips for muscle building in your dog

  1. Use a protein-rich diet. Cut out on foods with less nutritional value.
  2. Use supplements to enrich your dog’s diet. Bully Max High-Performance, Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20, AvoDerm Natural, Muscle Bully’s Dog Protein Powder Wellness CORE Natural Grain-Free Canned, Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High-Protein Kibble are a few supplements that you can try. 
  3. Have a proper schedule for exercising
  4. Nothing can be built in a week, muscle building takes time. Be patient and do not overdo the exercises. 
  5. If your dog is reluctant to exercise, then play games such as tug of war, swimming, running on stairs, weight pulling, etc. 

Thank you for reading this blog. Hope you found this useful. Your dog can be your best workout buddy.  Have you ever tried muscle building for your dogs? What breed do you have and what did you do? How has it helped your dog? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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