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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... »

number of proteins in dog food

Protein in Dog Food: Common Meat Sources

Last week, we discussed the use of unnamed proteins in dog food and found that they are more commonly used than I would have expected. We also asked our readers to try and guess the order of the most frequently used meat proteins in dog food. The choices were:   Salmon Beef Pork Lamb Chicken Du... »

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... »

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Protein in Dog Food: Common Unnamed Proteins

In the first part of this series on dog food proteins, we discussed the primary sources of protein in commercially available dog food. Today we will use the SlimDoggy dog food database to determine the usage patterns of the lower quality, unnamed proteins source that are used in dog food.   Unn... »

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. ... »

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Sources of Protein in Dog Food

Most normally healthy dogs require a diet that is high in protein. Thus, the amount of protein in a dog food, as calculated on a dry matter basis, is important when evaluating a dog food. But it is only part of the protein story. The source of protein in dog food, the specific ingredients that are u... »

Pedigree pet food

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food Recall: Update

The Mars Company, owners of the Pedigree line of pet food has announced the expansion of its recall on Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products due to the possible presence of a foreign material.  The recall has been expanded to include 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE Adult Complete Nutriti... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Power of the Pack

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Power of the Pack

We have one more post in our “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs” series, where we discuss some of the personal training tips we have learned from observing our dogs. The topic today, which we call the “power of the pack”, has been germinating in my mind for some time. Serendipitously, I stumbled o... »

Pedigree pet food

Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Dog Food Recall

The Mars Company, owner of the Pedigree pet food brand, has announced today a voluntary recall of their Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food due to the possible presence of a foreign material.  This is a limited recall of 22 bags of food.  Affected bags are the 15 lb.size which were sold b... »

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

What are Juniper Berries and Why are they in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter J in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Juniper Berries.   What are Juniper Berries? Juniper Berries, scientifically called Juniperus communis, come from the Juniper shrub and are widely found throughout the ... »

Dr. Katy Nelson Part 2:  Pet Exercise and Sandy Hook Project

Dr. Katy Nelson Part 2: Pet Exercise and Sandy Hook Project

We thought it appropriate for FitDog Friday to wrap-up Part 2 of our Q&A with Dr. Katy Nelson. We talk to her about her appreciation for fitness and about her efforts to help a family from Newtown CT, the location of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.  You can read Part 1 here. SlimDoggy... »

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Q&A With Dr. Katy Nelson Part 1: Food’s Role in your Pet’s Health

Dr. Katy Nelson is a practicing veterinarian, the host of the Pet Show with Dr. Katy on Washington DC’s ABC affiliate, and a tireless advocate for keeping pets fit and healthy using a combination of proper feeding and exercise. Dr. Katy was recently chosen as one of the nominees to be America’s Favo... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Just Go For It

Today we wrap up our “Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs” series. We have already written about having fun with fitness, the importance of variety when exercising, the value of proper rest, and eliminating excuses. Today’s tip is about learning to just go for it.   I was in a Bikram Yoga class... »

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

The New and Improved SlimDoggy Dog Food Rankings

We are pleased to announce that we have updated our dog food database and made some improvements in our dog food ranking system. A summary of our approach is provided below. For a full description of our methodology please refer to the dog food ranking reference page. Click here to jump to the Frequ... »

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... »

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

What is Inositol and Why is it in Dog Food?

We are now up to the letter I in our second pass through the A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today’s dog food ingredient is Inositol.   What is Inositol? Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. Because dogs can produce this internally by breaking down su... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Importance of Rest

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Importance of Rest

Before we get to our post for today, we wanted to wrap-up our Summer 2014 K9Kamp and say how much fun it was to learn about all the different Backyard Fitness & Games you play with your dogs. We had a great turnout for Kamp with lots of different activities. Hooray for K9Kampers! We hope you al... »

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Diet Dog Food: Worth it or Worthless?

Just as it is with humans, where almost 70 % of U.S. adults are overweight and more than a third are considered obese according to the Center for Disease Control, there is a similar problem with our pets. According to Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs and cats in the... »

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 ... »

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Hydrolyzed Protein in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter H in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we will examine hydrolyzed proteins in dog food.   What is Hydrolyzed Protein? According to Wikipedia, hydrolyzed protein is protein that has been hydrolyzed or broken down into its component amino acids. As the name impl... »

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Have Fun

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Have Fun

The fitness industry is huge. As reported on USNews.com, MarketData Enterprises estimates that Americans spend over $60 billion each year trying to lose weight and stay in shape. It seems that people are constantly looking for help when it comes to getting or staying fit. Many of us will consult wit... »

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Benefits of Green Tea for Dogs

Moving on to the letter G in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Green Tea for dogs.   What is Green Tea? Green tea is made from the leaves from the plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike black tea, green tea leaves have undergone minimal oxidation during processing... »

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Fresh Dog Food at your Door

Q & A with Empawer Pet Food CEO Alex Trauteaud Empawer is a new pet food brand with a very interesting approach to pet food, namely, using human grade ingredients to create custom made, fresh pet foods that are delivered to your door. Empawer Founder and CEO Alex Trauteaud (pronounced “True toe”... »

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Benefits of Fenugreek for Dogs

Moving on to the letter F in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss the benefits of Fenugreek for dogs.   What is Fenugreek? Fenugreek is an annual plant in the Fabaceae family with leaves consisting of three small obovate (i.e. with narrow ends) to oblong leaflets. It is culti... »

Running with your Dog to Burn Calories

Running with your Dog to Burn Calories

For both humans and dogs, running is a great way to burn calories and stay lean. When compared to walking, running can burn a lot more calories per minute of exercise and even help build muscle tone (if you are pushing hard enough). Why is running more efficient at burning calories than walking (or ... »

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Ethoxyquin in Dog Food. Worth the Risk?

Moving on to the letter E in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series, today we discuss why Ethoxyquin is in dog food.   What is Ethoxyquin? Ethoxyquin is a controversial and artificial ingredient that has been used in dog food for many years—it was approved as an additive to pet food in 1959. Eth... »

Running with your Dog. Disease Prevention.

Running with your Dog. Disease Prevention.

We had a great response to the first installment of our “benefits of running with your dog” series where we discussed the mental benefits of running. Thanks to everyone for the great comments and for sharing our post. I hope that some folks were motivated to get out and run around with their dog bec... »

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Dog Food Recall Alert

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet st... »

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Dl-Methionine in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter D in our A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Dl-Methionine is in Dog Food.   What is Dl-Methionine? Methionine is an essential amino acid that is important for many bodily functions. Dl-Methionine is a synthetic version of this amino acid. Methionine ... »

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... »

Pet Center Lamb Crunchy’s Recall Alert

The FDA confirmed that Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. has issued a voluntary recall of its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.   The full FDA recall press release can be found on their site here http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Re... »

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What is in Dog Food? Reading Beyond the Name

We often stress the importance of reading the details on a dog food label. It is really the only way to evaluate if the food is a good fit for your dog. Yet, many people simply look at the Brand and recipe name (along with the packaging) when making their pet’s food decisions.   This had me won... »

Dog Fitness Tips: Consistency

Dog Fitness Tips: Consistency

Our “6 C’s Pyramid” for fitness provides a framework upon which a lifestyle fitness program can be created. Once you and your dog have mastered the 1st level (convenience, cross training, and common sense), you will now move into the second level where you will start to reap the benefits. Consistenc... »

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Carrageenan in Dog Food

Moving on to the letter C in our 2nd A to Z Dog Food Ingredient series. Today we examine why Carrageenan is in Dog Food. What is Carrageenan? According to Wikipedia, Carrageenans are a family of carbohydrate structures that are extracted from red edible seaweeds.   Common names for Carrageenan ... »

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of proper exercise and proper feeding. Because dogs are decedents of carnivores, most dogs are well suited for high protein, high fat diets. While dogs can tolerate carbohydrates, the way that their bodies utilize macronutrients for energy is diffe... »

Bravo Pets Foods

Bravo Pet Food Recall

Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based raw pet food manufacturer is recalling two of its dog and cat food products after they tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly food-borne bacterium.   Bravo is recalling its Raw Food Diet Bravo! Beef Blend for Dogs and Cats, which was sold in 2-, ... »

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

Are Blueberries Good for Dogs?

After a short break, it is time to resume our dog food ingredients series where we walk through the alphabet and pick a pet food ingredient to analyze. Today’s ingredient is Blueberry.   What are Blueberries? According to Wikipedia, blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored... »

6 C's Pyramid

Common Sense Fitness Training for You and Your Dog

Our “6 C’s Pyramid” for fitness provides a framework upon which a lifestyle fitness program can be created. Common Sense is the third component of the lower tier of the pyramid and if used in conjunction with “convenience” and “cross training”, can help you and your dog integrate fitness into your d... »

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Grain Free

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Grain Free

Grain free pet food is one of the fasting growing segments in the pet food industry. GfK Research recently reported that sales of grain free pet food grew a whopping 28% from September 2012 to September 2013 in US retail stores. For comparison, the American Pet Products Association 2013 Survey and F... »

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... »

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... »

Pet Food Recall Alert: Robert Abady Dog Food Company

The Robert Abady Dog Food Company has issued a recall on their “Highest Quality Maintenance and Growth Formula for Cats” due to possible Salmonella contamination.   Read the specifics on the FDA website.   Disturbingly, this is the second recall from this manufacturer in less than a... »

petnet smartfeeder

Five Tips to Make Measuring your Dog’s Food Servings a Habit

Last week we discussed why exercise alone does not guarantee that your pet will be slim and fit.  It is the combination of steady exercise and proper feeding that will ensure that your dog is healthy and at their proper weight.   The only way to ensure that you are feeding the correct amount is... »

filet mignon dog food?

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: The Name

We had a great reaction to the first installment of our “Worst reasons to choose a dog food” series.  Today we present another questionable reason for choosing a dog food: the NAME.   What is in a Dog Food Name? One of the most common traps that pet owners fall into when choosing a pet food is ... »

dog on treadmill

Your Dog Can’t Out Exercise a Poor Diet

Having a fit dog, or being a fit human for that matter, requires dedication and regular exercise.  Luckily for us and our dogs, there are many exercise options available, many of which can be used to work around injuries and other ailments.  But being consistently active is only part of the equation... »

colorful dog food

Worst Reasons to Choose a Dog Food: Color

It has already been established that reading a dog food label can be confusing.  Long lists of ingredients, obtuse or incomplete macronutrient (protein, fat, and carbs) information, and misleading “marketing speak”, can make it difficult to determine which are the best foods for your pet.   Today we... »

sprints with dogs

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... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new web tools for our dog loving readers, the SlimDoggy Food Database and the SlimDoggy Calorie Tracker.   First, we have published our dog food data including calorie amounts, macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), ingredients, and our Slimdoggy... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Zinc

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Zinc

Wow!  Today, at last, we have reached the end of the alphabet in our “Ingredients A to Z” series.   Today’s letter is Z and our ingredient is Zinc.  Including today, we have written 27 A to Z ingredient posts (we did two consecutive posts on the letter M due to a reader request).   This ha... »

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

Last week we discussed the high cost of having an overweight dog.  This week we provide 5 tips to help keep your dog fit and healthy.  You will notice that most of these have to do with food and feeding.  That’s because the amount and quality of food you serve your dog is the single biggest fa... »

Yucca plant

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Yucca Schidigera

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Y”. Today’s ingredient is Yucca Schidigera.     What is Yucca Schidigera? Yucca schidigera is a flowering plant that is native to the Mojave Desert, Chihuahuan Desert and Sonoran Desert of southeastern Ca... »

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

We are killing our dogs and paying tons of money to do so. Yes, you read that right.  Are you willing to gamble with your pet’s longevity and health by allowing them to be overweight? Having an overweight dog is costly: To the dog’s lifespan: lean dogs will live on average almost two years lon... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Xanthan Gum

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “X”. Today’s ingredient is Xanthan Gum.   What is Xanthan Gum? Xanthan gum is a polysaccharide (sugar like compound) produced by bacterial fermentation of a sugar-containing medium.  Nutritionally speaking, it ... »

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... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Watercress

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Watercress

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “W”. Today’s ingredient is Watercress. What is Watercress? According to Wikipedia, watercress is a fast-growing, aquatic or semi-aquatic, perennial plant native to Europe and Asia.  Related to mustard and radish, it... »

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... »

Best of Breed, Labs, 2014

No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster

The Westminster Dog Show just wrapped up the 2014 edition. Yet again, the Best in Show was won by a breed other than America’s favorite, the Labrador Retriever. Amazing as it sounds, the Lab has never won the Best in Show award at Westminster. There have been many reasons put forth as to why a Lab h... »

venison

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Venison

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “V”. Today’s ingredient is Venison.   What is Venison? Venison is the meat of the game animal deer.  Deer is a member of the Cervidae family.   Common names for Venison The most common name variation is de... »

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Beginner Plyometric Drills to do at Home with your Dog

Plyometric training is a great way to burn calories and improve athletic performance.  As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, the human and canine athlete should have a moderate level of fitness before beginning a plyometric program.  Our plyometric preparation drills are a simple way to test for ade... »

ProPet

Dog Food Recall Alert: Hubbard Life Dog Food

  Pro-Pet LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of Dry Dog and Cat Foods for possible Salmonella contamination. The effected foods include: Hubbard Life Happy Hound Dog Food Hubbard Life Maintenance Dog Food QC Plus Adult Dog Food Hubbard Life Cat Stars Cat Food Joy Combo Cat... »

USDA Label

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: USDA and other Label Nuances

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “U”. In reality, there are not a lot of ingredients that start with the letter U.  We decided on “USDA”, which in itself is not an ingredient, but is an adjective uses in some rare cases to describe a protein used in the ... »

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... »

thyme

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Thyme

Next up in our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “T”. Today’s ingredient is the well known herb, Thyme.   What is Thyme? Thyme is a perennial plant, belonging to the mint family.  The plants can be erect and bushy, reaching 18 inches in height or creeping and ... »

agility drill with dog

Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp

Exercising with your dog should be fun.  For both of you.  Slimdoggy Jack loves his runs, walks, and pretty much anything we do that involves movement (or food).  As we mentioned last week, we are joining up as a K9 Kamp Kounselor and helping to spread the message of how important it is to have fun ... »

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... »

Maggie checking dog food label

Dog Food Ingredient Splitting

We decided to re-post and update our important article on ingredient splitting. We updated the statistics and found that there are a lot more instances of ingredient splitting in dog food than we first thought :-(. Remember that glancing at the ingredient list can be misleading. Make sure you look f... »

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... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Selenium

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “S”. Today’s ingredient is Selenium.   What is Selenium? Selenium is a trace mineral that our bodies use to produce glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme that serves as a natural antioxidant.   Common names fo... »

car workout equip

Five Tips to Make Exercise Convenient

Last week we introduced the “6 C’s” pyramid approach to fitness, a conceptual and hierarchical approach to making fitness a part of your (and your dog’s) lifestyle.  Today, we will provide details on the first of the “C’s”:  Convenience.   Exercise Convenience: A Broad Definition According to W... »

cherryredcolor

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Red #3

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “R”. Today’s ingredient is Red #3.   What is Red #3? Red #3, and other red colorings like red #40, as well as all other artificial food colorings, are artificially made food coloring chemicals. Red #3 is a colo... »

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... »

Quail

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Quail

We continue our Dog Food Ingredients A to Z series with the letter “Q”. Today’s ingredient is Quail. What is Quail? Quail is a collective name for several families of mid-sized birds generally considered in the order Galliformes.   A “game” bird, quail is an alternative sourc... »

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... »

Tips for Managing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Tips for Managing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Today’s guest post is by Kate Voss. Kate is an entertainment writer from Chicago, IL who is the proud owner of her Chow/Shepard mix, Margot. As dog owners we are generally willing to do just about anything within reason to help our dogs live happy, comfortable lives, and minimize issues common... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Pantothenic Acid

  Given the season, we considered doing Peppermint Candy Canes for the “P” of our ingredient series, but you don’t find too much peppermint in dog food, and candy canes certainly aren’t good for them, so we went with Pantothenic Acid instead.   What is Pantothenic A... »

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 2

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 2

We had a great response to last week’s post on agility dog training.  This week we present the second part of our interview with Roy and Lilyan Carew, long-time agility dog trainers and competitors in Southern California.   In this part, we hear Lilyan’s philosophies on proper maintenance of th... »

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of 2013 and about to embark on another holiday season.  With the turn of the calendar, often comes one or more “New Year’s resolutions” by well intended people looking to change or improve their behavior.  This year, why not resolve to keep your pet fit, tri... »

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Dog Food Dry Matter Basis for Protein, Fat, and Carb Analysis

Pet owners often wonder whether their dog food is high in protein, fat, or carbohydrates- the macro nutrients of the food.  Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is not easily attainable from the dog food label.  To calculate a dog food’s protein, fat, or carb values, the guaranteed analysis ... »

FloJo Warmup for agility

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 1

We are so excited about this week’s FitDog Friday post. Today we will be sharing part one, of a two part interview we did with local agility trainers and competitors Lilyan and Roy Carew, and their dog FloJo. Agility dogs are amazing athletes and we have always wondered what it takes to develop a do... »

Move your Mutt

Wordless Wednesday Move Your Mutt-a-Thon

No words needed  – just the invite Join us for the first ever Move Your Mutt-a-Thon Canine Fitness and Health Expo. Learn more at at Petsmove.org.   BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!   »

oathulls

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Oat Fiber

What is Oat Fiber? Oat fiber is derived from oats, a type of cereal grain that is commonly used in livestock feed.  Oat fiber is often extracted from the outer casing of the oat grain.   Common names for Oat Fiber The most common name variations include other oat derivative products including o... »

touch drill

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: ... »

liver

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Niacin

What is Niacin? Niacin, one of the B-vitamins, is an essential vitamin for humans and dogs.  Niacin occurs naturally in many foods, including organ meat like liver, beef, fish, poultry, eggs, and legumes.   Common names for Niacin The most common name variations for Niacin include Vitamin B-3 a... »

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... »

calories for holiday food

Holiday Food Calories and the Price Your Dog Will Pay

Yes, it is holiday season.  In the U.S., we are celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years feasts (Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving this year).  Most of us will tend to overindulge and likely will pack on a few pounds if we aren’t care... »

montmorillonite

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Montomorillonite

Per special request of our friend Oz the Terrier, we are sticking with the letter  “m” for the second week in a row and are featuring “Montomorillonite” as our ingredient of the day.   What is Montomorillonite? According to Wikipedia, Montmorillonite is a very soft … group of minerals that typi... »

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... »

PetsMove.org Featured Prize for November

PetsMove.org Featured Prize for November

We have several great prizes available this month on PetsMove.org including a really cool tech gadget called HeyRex.  HeyRex is a New Zealand based company that has developed (and released) a wearable device to monitor your dog’s activity, sleep, and scratching.  SlimDoggy Jack has been wearing this... »

mixed meats

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Meat

    We now move to the letter “M” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring “Meat” as our ingredient of the day.   What is meat? Seems like a trick question, doesn’t it? According to dictionary.com, the definition of meat is: the flesh of animals as used for food.  Accor... »

jack playing find the food

Challenging a Dog’s Mind and Senses for Overall Fitness

This week, we are participating in two blog hops.  Our FitDog Friday hop (of course) and also the Zukes Fuel the Love Blog Hop.  We often use Zuke’s treats when training our dogs and when we play games with our dogs that challenge their minds, bodies, and senses.  Today’s post is about the rol... »

l-carnitine structure

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: L-Carnitine

We now move to the letter “L” in our Ingredient A to Z series and are featuring L-Carnitine as our ingredient of the day.   What is L-Carnitine? L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is naturally produced in the body.  It is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol (the liquid ins... »

slimdoggy jack at pooch hotel

Slimdoggy Jack on location at Pooch Hotel WLA

Slimdoggy Jack and Steve were busy this week filming a series of video segments for eHow.  Our topics this day included: How to walk a dog on a treadmill (we used the advice of our friends at Dogtread) How much to feed a puppy How much to feed an English Bulldog How to prevent your dog from chewing ... »

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

We recently had a conversation about our PetsMove initiative with Gabriella Martinez, the Editor in Chief of Pupculturemagazine.com.   Based in Rochester NY, Pupculture Magazine publishes 6 interactive issues each year on a wide range of topics related to dogs.   It turns out that the interview... »

Social Network for Pet Owners: Q&A with YummyPets

Social Network for Pet Owners: Q&A with YummyPets

We recently were introduced to a company called YummyPets.com. Based in France and spawned from a digital media agency, YummyPets launched in early 2012 to become the social network for pet owners. We spoke with Charlie Leon, Community Manager to learn more about their vision.   SlimDoggy (SD):... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Kelp

We now move to the letter “k” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring kelp as our ingredient of the day.   What is kelp? According to Wikipedia, kelp as a large seaweed belonging to the brown algae family.   Kelp grow in ocean “kelp forests”.   Common names for kelp T... »

Slimdoggy app home page

The SlimDoggy iPhone App Update

For this week’s FitDog Friday post, we thought we would post a video segment about our iPhone App. Believe it or not, many of our readers aren’t aware that we created an app that helps dog owners keep their dog fit and slim. The Slimdoggy app is like a combination of “Runkeeper” and “Weight Watchers... »

thinking Jack

Wordless Wednesday: What is Jack Thinking?

What is SlimDoggy Jack thinking? Knowing him, nothing to do with “trick” and everything to do with “treat“. Happy Halloween!     BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!   »

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Pet obesity linked to emotional eating?

Stories like these make me smile and cry at the same time. In an article in the latest edition of the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Franklin McMillan suggests pets sometimes eat to dispel negative emotions, stress and nervousness   Pet obesity linked to emotional eating – MyWebTimes.com... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Jicama

Today we move to the letter “j” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring jicama as our ingredient of the day.   What is jicama? According to Wikipedia, jicama, which is scientifically known as Pachyrhizus erosus, is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly ref... »

Slimdoggy Fit Tips for Dogs

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Fit and Slim: Infographic #2

Ben Franklin said that “Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other”.   Although dear old Ben was not known for his svelte body, he was quite a brilliant man.  With that said, we would like to share our second, reader inspired infographic with tips for keeping your dog fit an... »

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