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Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Roll Over

When it comes to strengthening a dog’s core, there are many exercises that a pet owner can choose from. Few of these are as fun (for the dog) as the roll over. Roll over is one of those commands that many dog parents use when they begin training their dog. It is commonly used after sit and down, and... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Balancing

Core Strength Training for Dogs: Balancing

Due to its role in protecting the internal organs and spine, as well as it being the conduit to movement and power transfer, a dog’s core is really one of the most important areas to target with regular exercise. Keeping with that theme, today I will introduce another canine core exercise that can b... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Touch Drill

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Touch Drill

One of the easiest ways to work a dog’s core is to force them to stabilize their body against external stimuli, which means forces or factors ‘outside’ of the dog’s control. One very effective method to do this is to use gentle touches to perturb the dog’s body while they are in various positions. I... »

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Snoopy

Core Strength Training for Dogs: The Snoopy

I have recently written about the different types of strength training that can be done with a dog, and have shared some of my favorite exercises for the front legs (including the upper back and shoulders), and the hind legs. Today, I will introduce the first of several exercises that will target a ... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Hind Leg

Strength Training for Dogs: Hind Leg

As discussed in my last post, the hind legs are a particularly vulnerable area for many dogs, especially as they age. As with humans, the notion of “use it or lose it” certainly applies. The key to preserving (or building) a dog’s hind leg strength is to focus the exercises so that they target these... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Sit Progression for Hind Legs

Strength Training for Dogs: Sit Progression for Hind Legs

For many dogs, the hind legs can become a problem area, especially as the dogs get older and move into their senior years. The primary reason for this is because many dogs will tend to load their body weight more onto their front limbs than their back limbs. Over time, this can lead to a strength di... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Upper Back with the Crawl

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Upper Back with the Crawl

One of the most infrequently targeted muscles on a dog’s body is the upper back or lat. This doesn’t mean that the upper back is not an important muscle. Rather, it is indicative of the fact that the motion that is needed to target the lat, are not part of the movement patterns in most of the common... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Shoulders with the High Five

Strength Training for Dogs: Working Shoulders with the High Five

There are many different exercises that can be used to strengthen a dog’s body and improve their muscle tone and athletic performance. I generally classify canine strengthening exercises into 3 categories: front leg focused, hind leg focused, and core focused. For most dogs, the front limbs take the... »

Strength Training for Dogs: Types and Progression

Strength Training for Dogs: Types and Progression

Strength training a dog is a great way to improve their overall fitness and to build strength and muscles, all of which can help keep a dog healthy and living long. Just like with humans, there are many strength exercises that a dog can perform, each of which can target a specific area (or muscle gr... »

Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

Adding Resistance for a Strength Workout for your Dog

As I have already pointed out, having strong muscles could mean having a longer lifespan. Research on humans supports this and it is very likely to hold true for our canine companions as well. Many dog owners are unaware of the strength training options available to them when it comes to exercising ... »

What is Strength Training for Dogs?

What is Strength Training for Dogs?

I recently wrote about the research on humans that links muscular strength to longevity. This research was interesting to me and had me thinking that dogs might also benefit from fitness routines that incorporate strength training more prominently than is current practice; current practice being pre... »

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

Can Strength Training Increase a Dog’s Lifespan?

I recently stumbled upon some research on the relationship between muscular strength in humans and their life spans. I will provide some details shortly, but the research suggests that people who are stronger will have a much lower death rate, and this longer life span, then people who are not as st... »

Doing the Labby Limbo for Dog Leg and Core Strength

Doing the Labby Limbo for Dog Leg and Core Strength

We are up to the letter “L” in our A to Z Challenge and we’re talking about one of our favorite exercises for our dogs – what we call the Labby Limbo.  We discovered this move by accident when our dog Jack was ducking under the low rail of a park fence.  As he moved below the... »

Benefits of Strength Training Your Dog

Benefits of Strength Training Your Dog

A few weeks ago we described what we consider to be a well rounded fitness protocol for dogs (and humans).  This approach is based off of 30 + years of working, learning and a lot of trial and error with our own body, as well as our work with our dogs.    To recap, we believe that your dog’s fitness... »

Multi-directional Training for Strength and Injury Prevention

Multi-directional Training for Strength and Injury Prevention

Welcome to this week’s FitDog Friday post. A few weeks ago we wrote about the Labby Limbo, a fun and functional exercise to improve your dog’s core and leg strength.  Today we will feature another valuable movement called the side step. Functional Fitness As a human athlete, I have learned over the ... »

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack has lost a toe…no it hasn’t been misplaced, it’s been amputated.     Our story begins a few months ago when we started taking Jack to a dog gym/vet who offered water treadmill therapy. His hind end has been getting weaker and our regular vet suggested some additional... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Canine Fitness Equipment: Water Treadmill

Many years ago, when I was recovering from a strained Achilles tendon, my physical therapist had me use their water treadmill as part of my return to walking and running.  This was an interesting experience for me.  Although it didn’t quite feel like real running, I could tell that my muscles were b... »

Maggie Health Update

Maggie Health Update

It’s been almost a year since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left shoulder. She’s been through a lot of treatment and has been a model patient throughout. Read about Maggie’s treatment Part I and Part II.     Maggie has just turned twelve and amazingly, she... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Cones

Canine Fitness Equipment: Cones

When it comes to canine fitness equipment, cones and poles are a versatile option that many pet owners don’t immediately think of.  Yet, these portable products can be used in many different ways for dogs of all ages and athletic ability.  Look no further than human fitness for validation.  Many spo... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Weights

Canine Fitness Equipment: Weights

To the surprise of many, dogs can lift weights as part of a well-rounded fitness program.  Of course, I don’t mean barbells and dumbbells, pullup bars or kettlebells.  Sorry, dogs just don’t have that opposable thumb that is so key for grabbing and holding heavy objects.  However, there are a few op... »

Canine Fitness Equipment: Stability Balls

Canine Fitness Equipment: Stability Balls

Keeping a dog active through regular exercise is one of the most important things a person can do to ensure that their dog is healthy and happy.  Walking and running are two of the more common exercises that people use to keep their dog in shape.  However, by no means are walking and running the onl... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 3: Ultrasound

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 3: Ultrasound

Like with electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy is a physical rehabilitation modality that has been used in human PT for many years, and is now becoming common in canine rehabilitation programs.   I remember back almost 10 years ago when I had my first troublesome injury, a strained Achilles te... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 2

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 2

Last week, I wrote about temperature therapy and how it is used in canine physical rehabilitation.  Today, I will provide an overview of electrical stimulation, another physical therapy modality that has been used for years in human therapy and that is now becoming quite common in canine therapy as ... »

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

We’ve all seen some of those funny YouTube videos showing a dog doing some basic yoga poses. Heck, a couple of our favorite yoga poses are named after stretches that dogs do. We are all probably familiar with yoga and the benefits it can bring your health and well being. I have practiced Bikra... »

The Final FitDog Friday Post

The Final FitDog Friday Post

As you probably know, today is the last FitDog Friday blog hop.  We started this canine fitness oriented blog hop as a way to bring the blogging community together on the important topics related to canine fitness. Along the way, we hope that we have inspired readers to not only get their dogs in sh... »

Maggie Update – March

Maggie Update – March

It’s been a few months since I updated Maggie’s status relative to her osteosarcoma. It’s been almost eight months since her initial diagnosis and we’re happy to report she is going strong (knock on wood).     She completed her chemotherapy treatments for the osteos... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 5

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 5

Today is the fifth and final installment (we think) of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first four installments: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.   Dogs need a strong core to be athletic and reduce injury risk I have covered this topic man... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 4

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 4

Today is the fourth part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first three installments part 1, part 2, and part 3.   Injured dogs require rehab and retraining Because of their seemingly boundless enthusiasm, and their inability to speak, dogs... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Today is the third part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness.  You can read the first two installments here: part 1 and here: part 2.     Senior dogs need exercise Just because a dog reaches their senior years, doesn’t mean that they should stop exercising... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 2

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 2

Last week, I started our series on things that people don’t know about canine fitness.  This multipart series is meant to uncover some interesting tidbits of information that most people are not aware of when it comes to keeping their dog fit.   Without further ado, here are two more things tha... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 1

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 1

I recently started a series on the top things that people don’t know about dog food (part 1 and part 2 are here).  Which made me think that a similar type of format would also work for canine fitness.  After all, as readers of this blog will know, exercising with a dog can be so much more than just ... »

Westminster Redux

Westminster Redux

It’s that time of year again – the 140th Westminster Dog Show begins today – or at least the televised version. We have always followed Westminster since I was a kid and my grandfather raised collies. None of them went to Westminster, but Papa was quite proud of his beautiful dogs.... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

Folks have been asking how our Maggie is doing, so I thought I’d provide a brief update. Maggie is almost 6 months out from her osteosarcoma diagnosis. She has been through the advanced Sterotactic Radiation treatment and six rounds of chemo which included an infusion of Pamidronate, a bone st... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get: Part 2

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the reasons why a puppy should be exercised differently from an adult dog.  Due to the fact that their bone growth plates have not fully formed (closed), a puppy’s body cannot safely withstand long duration or high intensity exercise. Thus, a puppy who is over exercised can ... »

Three Factors to Modify a Dog’s Exercise Levels

Three Factors to Modify a Dog’s Exercise Levels

Like humans, dogs require a reasonable and progressive training program in order to ensure that they build capability in the target area (e.g. strength, endurance) and limit their risk of injury. There are three main factors that a pet parent can manipulate in order to progress a dog through a progr... »

2015 in Review

2015 in Review

For the 2014 New Year, we asked our readers to share a photo of their dogs proclaiming their resolutions for the year. Many of you participated and we hope you go back and look at your resolutions and see how you did.   Last year, we didn’t make any ‘formal’ resolutions for 20... »

Endurance Training for Dogs

Endurance Training for Dogs

Endurance training, also commonly referred to as aerobic training, is an important aspect of canine fitness. Whether they know it or not, most dog parents provide their dog with some form of regular endurance training, the most common form being the regular walk. Like there is with strength training... »

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

Today’s post is written by a new contributor, Vee Cecil, a fitness advocate and dog lover. Most parents consider getting a family dog because they help to teach responsibility and empathy to children. Chores such as giving the dog food and water, taking him for walks, giving him a bath and bru... »

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Thankful for Having Dogs as Workout Partners

Given that it is Thanksgiving week, I thought it would be appropriate to share some fitness related thanks in recognition of how lucky I am to have been able to exercise a lot the past year with our 2 great rescue dogs, Jack and Maggie.   Jack and Maggie are both senior Labradors of around 11-1... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

On July 28th of this year, our life went sideways. That’s the day our Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Since that time, we’ve gone through a new form of radiation therapy called Sterotactic Radiation, four rounds of chemotherapy, countless blood tests and trips to the... »

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

As mentioned in previous posts, I recently consulted with holistic veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney as part of our dog Maggie’s treatment for Osteosarcoma. Dr. Mahaney believes that when treating a serious disease like cancer, a combination of modern medicine and smart nutrition is the best approach... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Wrap Up

The FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food, has come to a close. But we don’t want that to be an excuse for anyone to start slacking when it comes to their or their dog’s exercise and diet. There were many great ideas shared by our blog partners and readers on how to keep... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 3

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 3

Sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food   We are now at the final week of the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge.   To summarize the challenge, we have partnered with ABOUND Pet Food for the month of October to create our own and have our readers share tips that will help you and your dog remain fit and... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 2

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge Week 2

Sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food We are now headed into week 2 of the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge. To summarize the challenge, we have partnered with ABOUND Pet Food for the month of October to create a series of tips that will help you and your dog remain fit and healthy as we head into the fa... »

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge

This week, we are happy to announce the FitDog Friday Fall Fitness Challenge, which is sponsored by ABOUND Pet Food. The purpose of the challenge is to help pet owners from falling into the ‘end of summer’ fitness trap that they, and their pets often succumb to.   The end of summer fitness trap... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

It’s been about 8 weeks since our Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We’ve been through a lot since then and you can catch up on our story in our posts Part I and Part II.   Today I wanted to talk about our experience with chemotherapy. In addition to the SRS treatments, our ve... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Today I want to cover Maggie’s diagnosis and the first phase of her treatment.   As I mentioned in Part I of our series on Osteosarcoma, Becca was diagnosed with OSA based on her xrays. They displayed what is a typical “sunburst” pattern in her shoulder. Her vet eventually per... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Once Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), our objective was to find comfort for her and to give her as long a life as possible.   The vet ruled out amputation, but suggested a newer procedure called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). In order for Maggie to be a candidate for this procedu... »

Canine Fitness Program with Bite

Canine Fitness Program with Bite

Interview with Krista Wickens I recently spent some time with entrepreneur Krista Wickens, the Founder and CEO of PetZen Products and President of Ball Dynamics. Krista has been in the fitness industry for many years and is an innovator in the canine fitness space. As always, it was nice catching up... »

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

You can’t get away from all the cooking shows and competitions on TV anymore – it seems they are on 24/7. I like watching them and learning about different spices and herbs to use in cooking. It got me thinking about spices and herbs that are good for our dogs too, so I raided our Dog Fo... »

Exercising Outdoors with Dogs: Hind Legs

Exercising Outdoors with Dogs: Hind Legs

I recently wrote about the benefits of exercising outdoors with your dog. Fortunately, we were recently able to enjoy those many benefits in the mountain forests of Big Bear Lake, CA. We used the forest trails and landscape as the ‘gymnasium’ to make sure that SlimDoggy Jack got some good workouts i... »

Exercise for Independence

Exercise for Independence

This weekend is the July 4th holiday in the US. This holiday is also known as Independence Day, and it got me thinking about how exercise can bring independence to humans and dogs.   Webster’s Dictionary defines independent as “not requiring or relying on others”. This definition can cert... »

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Tips for Exercising Senior Dogs

Like humans, as dogs age and enter their senior years, they will generally lose athleticism and muscle tone and their bodies will take longer to recover from vigorous exercise. However, aging is really no excuse for becoming a couch potato, whether it is you or your dog. Unfortunately, far too many ... »

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise with your Dog

As a former “Northeast Coaster” now living in Southern California, I am fortunate to live in a climate that is generally warm and sunny and perfect for outdoor exercise year round. For many others, weather conditions are such that getting outdoors to exercise year round is more challenging. No matte... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

Last time, in our Muscular Disorders section of our Health Check Series, we focused on muscle & ligament issues including sprains and strains. Today we are going to take a closer look at other muscular disorders that may affect your dog.   There are two main types of muscular disorders: My... »

5 Reasons to Exercise with your Dog

5 Reasons to Exercise with your Dog

Ensuring that your dog gets ample amount of exercise is a pet owner responsibility. Most dogs are well suited for endurance type activities, which means they are perfect workout partners for us humans. Not only can they keep up with us, but they can push us to work harder simply due to their enthusi... »

Tino and the Flea Collar

Tino and the Flea Collar

More Tales of Tino…   The first 5-6 weeks after we rescued Tino and his brother Bernie were scary. Distemper is a very scary disease and there’s not much you can do to treat it other than try to keep them comfortable, hydrated and safe.   Both Tino and Bernie had fevers that we... »

Can Exercise Boost a Dog’s Confidence?

Can Exercise Boost a Dog’s Confidence?

Regular exercise provides a plethora of health benefits, to both humans and dogs, including reduced disease risk and longer and higher quality lifespans. One of the indirect benefits of regular exercise, and one that doesn’t get as much attention, is that being fit and active can boost self-confiden... »

Tino Meets the World

Tino Meets the World

I haven’t written about our dog Tino in awhile, so I thought it was time for another Tale of Tails, Tino style. When we rescued Tino, he was sick with distemper. Very sick. He and his brother Bernie lived in our backyard and carport recovering for weeks. We had to euthanize Bernie once the dis... »

Intense Workouts for You and Your Dog

Intense Workouts for You and Your Dog

As we discussed last week, short workouts are a great strategy for keeping a high level of fitness, even when you are pressed for time, as long as the intensity level is high enough. In today’s post, we will share some suggestions on how to structure a short, yet intense workout for you and your dog... »

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Strong Bones: What Should I Feed My Dog?

Besides proving energy for basic metabolic functions and movement, food can help support (or hinder) the body’s ability to maintain a strong muscular-skeletal structure, support organ health, enhance the immune systems, and basically ensure that the body is running on “all cylinders”. Active dogs (a... »

#GimmeFive Campaign

#GimmeFive Campaign

This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she... »

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Another of the habits that are common to fit people (and their dogs) is the habit of cross training.   Cross training means that the athlete (you or your dog) engages in a variety of exercise protocols. To be most effective, the different protocols won’t overlap in terms of the muscles or syste... »

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

One of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is that they are able to effectively manage their time so that no matter how busy their day might be, they are able to fit in their exercise. One way to accomplish this is to workout multiple times per day, but for shorter intervals of time.  ... »

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

I recently found an article published by Iowa State reporting on a research study that calculated the life span increasing benefits of running. This article references a study performed at Iowa State University by Duck-chul Lee, PhD, et. al. that showed that running even for short durations can incr... »

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

I often wonder why some people are able to stick with an exercise program more easily than others. After all, the many amazing benefits from regular exercise are available to any person or any dog for that matter, that incorporates fitness into their daily routine. I suppose that, as in most things ... »

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Happy New Year to everyone. How many of you have made a fitness related resolution? Resolving to get in shape is a very common theme around the start of the new year, and it seemed an appropriate time to write about the final “C” in our 6 Cs Pyramid approach to fitness: Change.   Our “6 C’s Pyr... »

Resolve to Move Your Mutt Recap

Resolve to Move Your Mutt Recap

Last year, we held a special New Years Blog Hop called Resolve to Move Your Mutt. It was an effort to get folks to make a special New Year’s resolution to get out and move with their dog in 2014 – hopefully for their benefit as well as their pet parents.   Folks who joined shared a ... »

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy Blogiversary

SlimDoggy.com was launched in December of 2012. It’s hard to believe we’ve been evangelizing about health and fitness for your dogs (and cats) for two years now. We think this milestone calls for a celebration and a retrospective look at some of our favorite and most popular posts.  ... »

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in Dogs

As Jack & Maggie get older, we are on the lookout for signs of arthritis in their joints. We don’t know if they were active in their previous lives, but for the last few years with us, they both get a lot of exercise in the form of walking, running and additional strengthening exercises. ... »

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

Is Rosemary Bad for Dogs?

We are now up to the letter “R” in our dog food ingredient series. As we are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, today’s ingredient is rosemary, a common component of many stuffing recipes.   What is Rosemary? Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub that has leaves similar to hemlock ne... »

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

Doing similar workouts each day can lead to boredom, both mentally and physically, for both you and your dog. Most of us get into daily routines and habits and if we aren’t careful, we end up doing the same exercises at the same intensity for days if not weeks in a row. Although this is certainly be... »

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

We had a great reaction to last week’s post on back leg exercises for dogs. So much so that we thought we would describe another great back leg exercise for your dog: tug.   Virtually every dog owner knows the game of tug and has probably played it with their dog countless times. But many pet o... »

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin. Yesterday’s entry from Rescued Insanity was some great advice on being prepared for a sudden illness or injury. Tomorrow, be sure and visit I Still Want More Puppies for a post on kidney disease.   We are sharing our experience wit... »

Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

We were recently contacted by a reader who is interested in learning some back leg exercises for their 14 year old dog. It so happens that many dogs tend to have stronger front legs than hind legs. This is because they tend to load their front legs more than they do their hind legs during activity. ... »

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Today we are doing another shared topic with our friend Carol Bryant over at Fidose of Reality. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Carol and her dog Dexter, a very cool Cocker Spaniel. We’ve shared posts in the past on the dog IQ test from Dognition where we tested our dogs and then ... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Eliminating Excuses

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Eliminating Excuses

Before we start our FitDog Friday post, we have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Our co-host Peggy Frezon is resigning from her hosting duties to pursue some other interests with her blog, The Writer’s Dog, but we are lucky enough to have Emma from MyGBGV Life to take over the co-hosting duties. You probab... »

Writer’s Process Blog Tour

Writer’s Process Blog Tour

You may have seen some posts recently from other Pet Bloggers about the Writer’s Process Blog Tour. It’s a fun virtual tour designed to share the inner workings of our blogs and our writing process as well as introduce you to other Blogs we enjoy that you may not be familiar with. As par... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Variety in the Workout

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Variety in the Workout

Last week, we began a new fitness series entitled “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs”. In the first part, we explained how our dogs have taught us to have fun when we workout. The second fitness tip that I learned from my dogs is the principal of variety in the workout.   Exercise Variety to ... »

Running with your Dog.  Keeping your Mind Sharp

Running with your Dog. Keeping your Mind Sharp

Hello. My name is Steve and my dog’s name is Jack. We are run-a-holics.   Pardon the humor, although there is a lot of truth to the above. The fact is that my dogs (all of them that I have ever had) and I love to run and for that matter, exercise intensely. The feeling that I get, and that I be... »

Is Running Bad for Knees and Joints?

Is Running Bad for Knees and Joints?

I often get asked the question “is running bad for my knees?” or the similar, pet version, “Is running bad for my dog’s knees?” This is a hard question to answer specifically as all of our bodies and health and injury histories are unique. Yet, research supports the idea that if anything, running ca... »

X Marks the Spot for Canine Fitness

X Marks the Spot for Canine Fitness

Keeping your pet’s workout fun and interesting can sometimes be a challenge. Yet, there are so many different exercise and drill choices available, many of which are used by humans to improve their own fitness. One example is a family of drills that we call “X marks the spot”. And it’s our ... »

Under Over Drill for a Fit Dog

Under Over Drill for a Fit Dog

Our “U” post today for the A to Z Challenge provides some advice on doing under-over drills. We often talk about the importance of warming up your dog and yourself before starting an intense exercise session. It is easy (and common practice) to just skip the warm up but the benefits are ... »

8 Tips on How to Jog with your Dog

8 Tips on How to Jog with your Dog

Our A to Z post for the letter “J” is one of our favorite fitness activities to do with our dogs – JOG. Absolutely, one of the best exercises you can do with your dog is jogging or running.  For some people, those might mean the same thing, while for others, the difference is the s... »

A to Z Challenge | Hind Legs

A to Z Challenge | Hind Legs

Today’s A to Z Challenge is the letter “H” and we’re going to post about “Hind Legs” and demonstrate some of the different ways Jack works his hind legs. It’s Wordless Wednesday too, so our post is going to be in photos.   Check our previous posts at Sl... »

Cross Training with your Dog for All Around Fitness

Cross Training with your Dog for All Around Fitness

Today we move on to the letter “C” in the A to Z Challenge. “C” is for Cross-training. Cross Training with your Dog In “Cross Training Benefits for You and Your Dog”, we discussed the many benefits of cross training, benefits available to both you and your dog.  Today w... »

Benefits of Balance

Benefits of Balance

Our A to Z Challenge letter today is “B” and we’re posting about the Benefits of Balance. Today is also Wordless Wednesday, so I’m going to keep it brief. Luckily, one of my favorite pictures of SlimDoggy Jack is one that demonstrates one of the regular exercises we do with h... »

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Cross Training Benefits for You and Your Dog

We are excited to have TWO FitDog Friday posts today – I know that’s unusual, but we are so excited that we released our new SlimDoggy Food Database and Calorie Counter, we had to add the announcement along with our regular FDF post.   One of our fundamental exercise principals is c... »

SlimDoggy Hide and Seek: Improving Canine Fitness and Memory Function

SlimDoggy Hide and Seek: Improving Canine Fitness and Memory Function

SlimDoggy is proud to be a Kamp Kounselor for K9Kamp, the fun way to get active with your dog. This Kamp Khallenge was Doggy Hide and Seek. SlimDoggy Steve, Jack & Maggie wanted to crank up the intensity a bit to burn a few more calories so they used a variation of a cone/agility drill that Stev... »

Plyometric Drills with your Dog Update: Ball Slams

Plyometric Drills with your Dog Update: Ball Slams

We received a lot of feedback on our article on beginner plyometric drills to do with your dog at home.  Several readers commented that they are unable to perform these exercises due to the winter weather.  While it is true that these drills are more fun outdoors, they can be done in a gym or home g... »

canine core exercises

Slimdoggy Fitness Tip: Negative Splits – Turning a Negative into a Positive

We often hear of the expression, “two negatives don’t make a positive” or its cousin, “two wrongs don’t make a right”.  In fitness, I am happy to say, there is a way to make a negative into a positive.  The technique, called “negative split’, is often used by runners but the concept applies to all t... »

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Tale of Tails: Tino – Final Chapter

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. Author: Unknown Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death. Author: Omar Bradley The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your re... »

Plyometrics Part 1:  Building a Base

Plyometrics Part 1: Building a Base

We are often asked about plyometric training and how to incorporate it into a fitness routine.  Recently, one of our followers asked about a home based plyometric workout that includes some exercise and training for their dog as well.  With that as an incentive, we decided to write a series of posts... »

running with dogs

7 Tips for Starting a Running Program with Your Dog

Running is a great exercise for both you and your dog.  Yet, many people don’t include running as a regular part of their fitness routine.  This is unfortunate because of all the benefits that running provides to humans and dogs.   Benefits of Running There are numerous benefits associated with... »

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

Staying fit and healthy is a commitment. For you, and your pet. Fitness and health is achieved not by going to the gym for the 2 weeks after New Years, nor by an occasional bout of exercise every few weeks or months. Attaining fitness, and all of the wonderful benefits that come with it, require a c... »

Move your Mutt

Options for Exercising With Your Dog: PetsMove Mutt-a-Thon Tips

For those that haven’t heard, the inaugural 2014 Move Your Mutt Health and Fitness Expo officially begins on January 1, 2014.  We wanted to describe the Event and provide links to key information pages as well as some suggestions on how to participate in the Mutt-a-thon virtual fitness workout... »

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A Simple Core Exercise for your Dog: Touch Drill

We often talk about the importance of a strong core, for both you and your dog.  Today we will share a simple core exercise for your dog that requires no equipment and is a lot of fun as well.   Benefits of a Strong Core A strong core can benefit your dog (and yourself) in many ways including: ... »

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: Hill Training

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: Hill Training

Last week, we discussed the importance of working your dog’s hind legs to keep their strength proportionate to their front legs and prevent atrophy as they age and introduced the Slimdoggy Squat exercise.  Another great exercise that you can do with your dog to build their hind leg strength is calle... »

slimdoggy squat

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: The Slimdoggy Squat

  It is very important to make sure that your dog’s exercise routine is diversified and hits their systems and muscles in a balanced fashion.  Otherwise, although you may have a fit dog, you might also have an injured dog.  We have written about our philosophy on how to create a balanced traini... »

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

Tale of Tails: Tino and the Surprise Visitor

One of my more scary stories of Tino has to do with a trip we took many years ago. We are not big travelers and we like to take the dogs with us whenever we take a vacation. Frequently we rent a cabin on Big Bear Lake and it’s a great relaxing time swimming, boating, hiking. We also like trave... »

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