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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Inulin

Today we move to the letter “I” in our ingredient A to Z series and we are featuring inulin as our ingredient of the day.   What is inulin? According to Wikipedia, inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants. Inulins are dietary fibers that are cl... »

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Black and White Sunday – Post Run Bond

Jack and Steve after a run. No doubt the exercise experience creates a stronger bond between them. We’re joining Black & White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: My Life in Blog Years, Dachshund Nola »

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Reasons that a Dog is a Great Workout Partner

Last week we wrote about the research which supports the idea that having a dog can mean increased activity for the owner. The evidence is pretty compelling: dog owners are likely to get more exercise than non dog owners. For this week’s FitDog Friday post we have created a list of reasons why a dog... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Herring

Today we move to the letter “h” in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring herring as our ingredient of the day.   What is herring? According to Wikipedia, herring are a forage fish, mostly belonging to the family Clupeidae. They often move in large schools around fishing banks and near ... »

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Your Dog as a Workout Partner – Research Recap

Getting motivated to exercise/workout is a challenge for many people.  Life always seems to get in the way and many of us just accept a sedentary lifestyle.  As hard as it is for me, an exercise-aholic, to fathom this the numbers tell the sobering story.   US Obesity Statistics As we reported i... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z:  Glycerin

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Glycerin

What is glycerin? Glycerin , is a sweetener and binder (humectant) that is commonly produced as a byproduct of soap making.  It has traditionally been used in dog food as a texturing and sweetening agent.   Common names for glycerin The most common name variations include glycerol, vegetable gl... »

Benefits of Balance Training Your Dog

Benefits of Balance Training Your Dog

  This week, we continue our discussion of an optimal fitness program for your dog and are highlighting the fourth component:  balance training your dog.   What is balance? According to Wikipedia, in biomechanics, balance is an ability to maintain the line of gravity (vertical line from ce... »

Pets Mover of the Month Prize Winners

Pets Mover of the Month Prize Winners

News flash. We just announced the inaugural Pets Mover of the Month winners on PetsMove.org. Check it out here: http://petsmove.org/pets-mover-month-prize-winners/ Join the PetsMove community to participate in the fun, win some prizes. Get off of our butt, workout with your mutt! »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Fennel

Today we move to the letter F in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring fennel as our ingredient of the day.   What is fennel? Fennel is a perennial, aromatic herb with yellow flowers and a bulb like stem.  Although native to the Mediterranean, fennel is now found throughout the world. ... »

Exercising Your Dog: Eliminate Excuses and Get Fit!

Exercising Your Dog: Eliminate Excuses and Get Fit!

Editor’s note: the inspiration behind this post came from a conversation with our friend and fellow blogger Kimberly Gauthier, of Keepthetailwagging.com.  We were discussing our PetsMove.org initiative and Kimberly made the great point that many of us come up with excuses when it comes to our pet’s ... »

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Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Enterococcus Faecium

Today we move to the letter E in our ingredient A to Z series and are featuring Enterococcus Faecium as our ingredient of the day.  Admittedly, this is one tough ingredient to understand and there is some conflicting, and somewhat scary, information on it!   What is enterococcus faecium? Entero... »

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Ingredients A to Z: Dandelion Greens in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “D” entry of our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on our previous “C” post on calcium carbonate.  We searched for “calcium carbonate” in our food database and found that it was an ingredient in 45% of all dog foods. A similar search on the term “calci... »

Benefits of Core Exercises for your Dog

Benefits of Core Exercises for your Dog

Previously, we have written about the benefits of strength and cardio training for your dog.  Today we will examine the benefits of core exercises for your dog.  As always, please check with your vet before markedly changing your dog’s exercise regimen.   Core work, although fairly well integra... »

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Ingredients A to Z: Calcium Carbonate in Dog Food

Before we begin today’s “C” entry in our Ingredients A to Z series, we wanted to share a statistic on out previous “B” post on biotin.  We ran the numbers searched for “biotin” in our food database and found that biotin was an ingredient in 79% of all dog foods!  That is one popular ingredient. &nbs... »

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Ingredients A to Z: Biotin in Dog Food

What is biotin? Biotin is water soluble B vitamin that is essential for protein and fatty acid metabolism. Water soluble means that the body will not store excess amounts which are eliminated during urination. Common names for biotin Some common names for Biotin include vitamin B-7, vitamin H, and v... »

Announcing PetsMove.org

Announcing PetsMove.org

This week we have a very special announcement to make for our FitDog Friday post.  Tomorrow is the official launch of our new “PetsMove” program (http://petsmove.org) .   Like the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity awareness program “Let’s Move”, our “PetsMove” initiative aims to wake up... »

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Dear Labby – Why is ascorbic acid in my dog food?

Dear Labby, My dog food label is so confusing and contains many ingredients that I don’t recognize.  Today, I noticed that there is something called Ascorbic Acid in my dog’s food.  Acid?  Should I be concerned?  I don’t want to be feeding my dog acid! Signed, I am not a chemist Dear Chemist,  ... »

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Colorings in Dog Food: The Numbers

This week we continue our discussion of colorings in dog food by analyzing our data to determine just how common is the use of artificial food colorings in dog food. If you read our MythBuster post yesterday, you would know that dogs don’t really see yellows, oranges or red coloring – so... »

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

Cardio Exercises for Your Dog

This week, we continue our discussion of an optimal fitness program for your dog and will highlight the second component of a balanced program: cardio exercises for your dog. “Cardio”, from the Greek “kardia”, which means heart, is the common term used for aerobic exercise.  According to Wikipedia: ... »

Coloring in Dog Food – Unnecessary Evils

Coloring in Dog Food – Unnecessary Evils

This week, we will discuss one of our ‘pet peeves’ with the commercial dog food industry – food coloring in dog food.  For what it’s worth, we don’t understand or advocate food coloring in human food either but we will keep this focused on dog food. Why is there coloring in dog food? For... »

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... »

Sweetener Stats – Sweets in Dog Food and Treats.

Sweetener Stats – Sweets in Dog Food and Treats.

  Last week we wrote about the use of sweeteners in dog food and the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sweetener types.  That post made us wonder just how prevalent are these lower quality sweeteners so we dove into our data to find the answers.   We identified a set of low quality sweet... »

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Drugs and the Rising Cost of Pet Healthcare

I attended (and presented “My Dog at What?”) at the BarkWorld Conference last week.  It was a fun event with many great presentations on a wide array of topics that are relevant for today’s pet industry.   There was one presentation on the rising cost of pet medicine, by PetCareRX.com (an onlin... »

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

We have been asked by some of our readers about the special considerations that apply when exercising a diabetic dog.  The fact is, diabetes is a serious, but often manageable disease and it is not an excuse to let your dog become a couch potato.  More than anything, canine diabetes is a disease tha... »

Sweeteners in Dog Food: What to Look For

Sweeteners in Dog Food: What to Look For

Two weeks ago we wrote about the use of preservatives in dog food and hopefully, we were able to shed some light on preservative alternatives.  This week, we will discuss the use of sweeteners in dog food.   A canine’s taste systems are very similar to humans and dog’s do indeed have a taste fo... »

Fruits Can Make a Treat Sweet- Cloud Star Dynamos

Fruits Can Make a Treat Sweet- Cloud Star Dynamos

We are helping to celebrate the two year anniversary of TT this week!  Kol and Sugar, the cohosts, have created an “Iron Chef” type of contest and asked for participants to share recipes or product reviews using a secret ingredient.  In this case, the secret ingredient is…..Fruit! Ironically, we wro... »

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs

Last week we provided some general tips on exercising your senior dog.  This week we are going to provide some specific exercises that you can do with your senior dog to ensure that their muscles are worked in a balanced fashion.  In fact, these exercises can be used with dogs of any age, not just s... »

Preservatives in Dog Food – The Good and the Bad

Preservatives in Dog Food – The Good and the Bad

For this week’s Tasty Tuesday post, we will discuss the use of preservatives in commercial dog food.  Let me say up front that I wish that preservatives were not even needed—our belief is that you want to feed your dog (and yourself) things that contain as few unnatural additives as possible and as ... »

Q and A with Keepdom.com

Q and A with Keepdom.com

This is a sponsored post.  I was recently contacted by the founders at Keepdom.com, a new site that provides tools that help pet care professionals grow their businesses quickly and effectively.   They have an interesting concept, one that enables dog walkers and other pet care providers to easily c... »

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6 Exercise Tips for Senior Dogs

  Welcome to another FitDog Friday post on canine fitness.  This week, we begin our two-part series on Fitness Tips for senior Dogs.  As you may know, we are big fans of senior dogs—our last three adoptions have been dogs eight years of age or older. This week seemed like the perfect time to wr... »

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

Fruits and Vegetables in your Dog’s Food

In recent posts, we have written about the importance and sources of the macro nutrients – protein, fat, and carbohydrates—in dog food.  Today we continue our analysis of some of the other key ingredient groups that are common in commercially available dog food, starting with fruits and vegetables. ... »

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 ... »

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

SlimDoggy Releases a Free Canine and Dog Food Calculator App

As some of you now know, we just released a free version of our iPhone App!  You can download it in the App store — click here.   For now, the free version provides virtually the same features that our paid version does although the paid version will be getting more frequent functional up... »

Super Food at SuperZoo

Super Food at SuperZoo

This week, we were in Las Vegas at SuperZoo, one of the Pet industry’s biggest trade shows.  There were close to 6,000 exhibitor booths, taking up the entire North Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  We taped a video segment  on PetWorldInsider.com with Robert Semrow which will be airing in a few... »

How Many Ingredients are in Dog Food?

How Many Ingredients are in Dog Food?

Today we begin a multi-part series on dog food ingredients that are typically secondary to the protein, fat, and carbohydrates.  We are going to parse out some of these and explain why they are included in the food recipe and what you should look for when evaluating your dog’s food.  To start, we wi... »

Fitness Tips for Hunting Dogs

Fitness Tips for Hunting Dogs

TDIFDF (Thank Dog its FitDog Friday)!  We always have such great contributors to this weekly blog hop, each of which offer up some pretty amazing fitness tips to our FDF community.  As we have gotten to know our fellow bloggers and readers, we have learned a little about sporting dogs and have come ... »

Dog Food Ingredients: Looking Past the First 5 Ingredients

Dog Food Ingredients: Looking Past the First 5 Ingredients

Rule of 5 There is an old saying that you can assess a dog food’s quality by looking at the first five ingredients in the list.  The rationale for this rule is that once you get past the first five, the remaining ingredients each individually contribute very small proportions of the food’s total com... »

Stay Limber, do the Labby Limbo

Stay Limber, do the Labby Limbo

Happy FitDog Friday.   I hope that you all are staying fit and in ‘summer shape’ as we head into mid-July. This week, we want to share an exercise that we stumbled upon down at the park.  We didn’t think much of it until several weeks ago when we paid closer attention to Jack during the movement and... »

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

Running With Your Dog: Tips #6 -10

For today’s FitDog Friday we continue last week’s post with additional tips for running with your dog. Before we present Tips 6 -10, we wanted to share an experience that happened this morning on our run. It is a perfect example for Tip # 8 below. Today, Jack and I were on our normal trail run... »

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby – Genetic Disease?

Dear Labby- We have decided to get a dog (our first ever) and are both excited and nervous about it. We both work and are rather sedentary, so we think we need a low-energy dog; certainly nothing big or active like a Golden Retriever or Border Collie.  As of now, we are leaning toward a Maltese R... »

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Ingredient Labels, Grains, and Some Data

Last week we wrote about ingredient splitting and used our data to show that about 17% of all foods and treats have multiple forms of the “fillers” rice, corn, or wheat.  We then asked a related question—what percentage of all foods and treats contain at least one form of any of these fi... »

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Ingredient Label Tricks – Ingredient Splitting

Looking at the ingredient list on a dog food label is tricky.  In many cases, the lists are long and contain names of ingredients that we are not familiar with.  Today we begin a multi-part series that explains some simple ways to judge the ingredients in your dog’s food and provide some tips to hel... »

FitDog Friday- K9Kamp Recap

FitDog Friday- K9Kamp Recap

As part of the K9Kamp, we were challenged to be even more active with our dogs, SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie, and we certainly were over the past few weeks.  Not only did we have Jack work on his core, but we also increased his running and did more of our longer runs than we have in a while. Maggie i... »

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Cocker Spaniel, who we rescued from a shelter 6 months ago, is 5 yrs old and has gained four lbs.  She is looking too chubby and we don’t know what to do! She weighs 27.4 lbs, and the vet thinks she should be at 22-23 lbs. I feed her Nutrisca dry food, chicken and chickpea recip... »

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

  We compiled this list of dog breeds and their normal weight ranges.  Use this a a guide when assessing your dog’s physical condition.   We say guide because sometimes a dog will fall outside of the normal range and still be at a healthy weight. Frame size, bone density, and other factor... »

SlimDoggy App 2.0

SlimDoggy App 2.0

We are pleased to announce the release of an updated SlimDoggy app, now available in the App store or by clicking here.   We have made some major changes including a new, left navigation panel which you can access from anywhere in the app by simply swiping your screen to the right. We will be a... »

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