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The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

Exercising your dog consistently is one of the keys (along with diet) to keeping them fit and healthy.  Heck, consistent exercise and proper diet is the key to your own health and fitness as well.  One of the behaviors that I have noticed over the years when it comes to fitness is a “start then stop... »

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... »

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 ... »

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

The body mass index, or BMI for short, is a quick way to ascertain whether a person is overweight, underweight, or just right.  For humans, the BMI is calculated by the formula: BMI = weightlbs / (heightinches )2 * 703   The resulting value is used to classify the person’s body condition.  A sc... »

Is Your Dog a Weekend Warrior?

Is Your Dog a Weekend Warrior?

The expression “weekend warrior” is a term used for people who do little physical activity during the work week and then go out on the occasional weekend and attempt to play sports (e.g. like basketball or tennis) intensely or exercise strenuously.  Often the result of such a strategy is a very sore... »

Will a Dog Lose Fitness if they Stop Exercising?

Will a Dog Lose Fitness if they Stop Exercising?

Most dogs are natural athletes and it is easy to assume that they are ready and able to handle virtually any type of exercise load.  Let’s face it, part of the reason this is true is because most dogs, especially the younger ones, will act as if they have an unlimited supply of energy and are enthus... »

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 ... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get? (Part 1)

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get? (Part 1)

We had a reader recently ask about how much exercise a puppy should get. This is a great question and certainly worthy of a post or two. Speaking from experience, I wish that I had this knowledge many years ago when raising our Chocolate Labrador, Sally. Sally was an energetic lab (aren’t they all?)... »

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... »

Creating an Endurance Training Progression for a Dog

Creating an Endurance Training Progression for a Dog

Dogs are natural endurance athletes.  Their bodies contain significant proportions of slow twitch muscle fibers and thus, they are able to engage in long duration physical activities.  However, like with humans, dogs need to gradually build up their endurance training so that they can safely and eff... »

FitDog Christmas

FitDog Christmas

We are taking a break from our normal FitDog Friday post today to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year. We will be back to our regularly scheduled FitDog routines next week!     »

SlimDoggy Santa

SlimDoggy Santa

We haven’t joined Wordless Wednesday for a while, but I think this photo series is appropriate – I don’t need any words for you to understand how Jack feels about the Santa hat.     »

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... »

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

Last week, I wrote about why it is important to keep a dog properly hydrated and some of the health risks that can result from too little, or too much water. This week I will share some tips on how to keep a dog properly hydrated.   How Much Water does a Dog Need? Making sure that a dog gets th... »

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Importance of Proper Hydration for a Dog

Having a fit and healthy dog requires a combination of regular exercise and proper feeding of appropriate foods. Most readers of SlimDoggy.com are well aware of this. There is another aspect to ensuring a fit and healthy dog that does not get as much attention as diet and exercise: proper hydration.... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

Walk Your Dog Week

Walk Your Dog Week

October is a month focused on pet fitness. It’s Pet Obesity Awareness Month and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention runs it’s annual survey.   The first week of October is also Walk Your Dog Week which was started a few years ago by Colleen Paige, a self-ascribed “Celeb... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

Can Exercising a Dog Before Breakfast Help them Burn Fat?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all dogs in the US are overweight. Keeping a dog fit and trim requires proper feeding and ample exercise. I often wonder if some of the techniques that humans use to optimize their calorie balance could also work on dogs. One... »

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... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the Italian research study that showed how daily exercise can reduce stress levels in shelter dogs. This week, I will examine the implications and possible cost savings from implementing a regular shelter exercise program.   In the U.S., somewhere near 8 million dogs an... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Like humans, dogs can feel stress and it can lead to changes in their behavior (e.g. undesirable behaviors like barking or biting) as well as changes in their body chemistry. For many people, the solution to stress is often found in a prescription and although not as common, the same can be said for... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Jack enjoys the view off the back deck.   »

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Overview of Dog Food Protein

Dogs are carnivores by nature, which means that they are meant to eat a diet high in protein. However, when it comes to pet food, all protein sources are not created equal. This means that you can’t simply look at the total protein in a food and instead, must examine both the total protein and the s... »

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

How Much Exercise does a Dog Need?

One of the most common questions I hear is “how much exercise does a dog need?” My first reaction to this is normally “more than you are providing them”! Although I am kidding (sort of), the fact is that most people don’t have any idea how much exercise their dog really does need. One way to determi... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie enjoying the sunshine and flowers in her yard.       »

Overview of a Good Dog Food

Overview of a Good Dog Food

When it comes to dog food, reading the labels can be complicated and when people ask me for some tips, I can often talk for hours on end about the nuances and tricks that are needed to decipher the label. With that said, I have created a simpler approach, a crib notes version if you will, that can b... »

Safely Exercising your Dog in the Summer

Safely Exercising your Dog in the Summer

With the summer quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, the temperatures and humidity levels (in most places) will rise to their peak levels. Summer certainly lends itself to working out as the longer, warmer days provide a larger window of opportunity to get outside and exercise. However, a... »

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby,   We just rescued a 12-week old pup from the local shelter. We think he is a Lab/Pit/Boxer mix or at least that’s what they told us. He is so cute and we have lots of fun with him. We’re planning on taking him to puppy classes soon. The only thing that bothers me is that... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack & Maggie enjoying the spring sunshine.   »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Liver

One of the workhorse organs in the body, and one that normally doesn’t get much thought unless there is a problem with it, is the liver. A well balanced diet can ensure that the liver is functioning properly. There are specific food ingredients that are particularly supportive of proper liver functi... »

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... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

A dog’s muscular system, like humans, is designed to support movement. A basic understanding of the major muscles and how they work together is important to help you diagnose any potential issues and determine whether it is a muscular, skeletal or a nerve disorder. We will look at all three, b... »

Smart Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Smart Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Jack is busy helping SlimDoggy Steve prepare for his presentation on WordPress at the upcoming BlogPaws Conference (Friday morning at 11am). Jack is a wiz when it comes to plugins, security, backups, etc. so if you have questions that you want answers to, just ask them in the comments section below.... »

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

Beneful Dog Food in the Shopping Cart

As a staunch proponent of the many benefits of using quality, healthy food to keep a dog healthy and happy, I often cringe when I walk down the pet food aisle in the grocery store. I realize that I am generalizing a bit with my next few statements, but I will say them anyway. Looking at the dog food... »

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... »

What’s Up with Maggie?

What’s Up with Maggie?

Those of you that follow our blog know that we rescued our Lab, Maggie about three years ago. She came to us from a Lab Rescue who had removed her from a breeder, a breeding farm really. Her condition was not good, both physically and mentally. She was extremely fearful and didn’t eat for thre... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack’s ready for his workout. Up next, core work.   »

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists and serves no healing purpose, is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose it to floo... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Feeding Active Dogs and Canine Athletes

Much like human athletes and generally active people need to fuel their bodies properly to ensure that they are able to train appropriately or keep up their activity levels, so do active dogs and canine athletes. When it comes to feeding an active body, there are 3 important considerations that shou... »

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Maggie | Wordless Wednesday

Maggie contemplates life…   »

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

Feeding a Dog for a Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is (obviously) a precursor to a healthy body. As the engine that pumps the blood through the body, the heart needs to be in top working order to properly perform its job. Unlike the skeletal muscles (e.g. leg muscles), which can rest, the heart is always working, involuntarily, to ke... »

Tino and Buddy

Tino and Buddy

I’ve been asked to write more Tino stories, so here’s another favorite.   Our Tino was a sensitive and perceptive dog. Even though he kept to himself and was very independent, he was also very affectionate and sensitive to family dynamics. Whenever one of us was sick he stuck a litt... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

Jacks version of Where’s Waldo…he blends right into the scenery – especially in black & white.   »

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

U.S. Pet Obesity: The Total Number of Pounds our Dogs are Overweight

We recently wrote about the 2014 Association for Pet Obesity Prevention survey results, which were very disappointing. According to this year’s survey, the number of obese dogs has risen the past two years and the total number of overweight or obese dogs in the US is almost 44 million. I thought it ... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Jack and Maggie both had a bath this past weekend. Neither of them were too happy about it, but they sure look clean & shiny now.   »

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released the results of the 2014 pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2014, continues to show that Americans are over feeding their pets. By a lot.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.7% of all do... »

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

A few weeks ago we wrote about “Frito Feet”, that weird phenomenon that makes your dogs feet smell like Frito corn chips. Turns out it’s caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria on your dog’s feet.   But what about that “wet dog” smell? I’ve had ma... »

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Energy Flux for Overweight Dogs?

Whether for dogs or for people, achieving weight loss and keeping weight off requires the proper levels of net calories: calories consumed less calories expended. For weight loss, there must be a deficit and to maintain the optimal weight, there must be an equal balance between the calories consumed... »

2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz & Blog Hop Winners

2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz & Blog Hop Winners

We are happy to announce our 2015 FitDog Fitness Quiz winner is KB & Shyla from Romping and Rolling in the Rockies. We had over 35 entries and 10 of our readers got a perfect score 10 out of 10! Glad to see we have some FitDogs and smart owners out there!   KB & Shyla win a $50 AMEX g... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes we enlist SlimDoggy Jack to man the customer service line at SlimDoggy. It’s always good to stay in touch with his friends and fans.     »

Brain Foods for your Dog

Brain Foods for your Dog

The fairly well known expression, “a healthy body is a healthy mind”, implies that one’s physical health can have an impact on one’s mental wellbeing. This saying is actually derived from a work by Roman Poet, Juvenal based on the latin adage “Mens sana in corpore sano”. This phrase is often transla... »

FitDog Friday 2015 Participant Awards

FitDog Friday 2015 Participant Awards

Last week, in honor of our 2-year anniversary, we announced our FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway. We have a HUGE prize package worth over $500, so be sure and enter. Entry form can be found below or on the original post. We also released our annual FitDog Fitness Quiz. The winner of the quiz recei... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Joints

A common ailment that afflicts both humans and dogs is osteoarthritis. This has led to an explosion in demand for NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Humans often use drugs like Naprosyn and Ibuprofen to reduce the pain, while dogs are often prescribed Rimadyl (carprofen) or Deramaxx (de... »

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

SlimDoggy | Black & White Sunday

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FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Quiz

FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Quiz

[mlw_quizmaster quiz=5]   The Quiz contest is over, but please feel free to take the quiz and see how you do.   Be sure and check out our HUGE FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary Giveaway. We have a prize package worth over $500! All you have to do is enter to be eligible to win.   »

FitDog Friday 2nd Anniversary

Hard to believe our FitDog Friday Blog Hop is two years old, but it is. We have a number of fun events planned for you.   First, our Annual FitDog Quiz. We’ve prepared a short quiz (only ten questions) to see how much you’ve learned from our FitDog Friday posts this past year. Once ... »

Coyote Season

Coyote Season

In the area we live there are a lot of coyotes. Sometimes we see and hear them all the time, sometimes we don’t see or hear them for months.   This time of year, when new pups are born we see and hear them A LOT. Almost every night they gather in the fields across from our house and discu... »

SlimDoggy | Wordless Wednesday

This week’s theme for the #52Snapshots, #PBSG photo challenge is FOOLISH. I’m sure many folks will come up with ‘foolish’ photos of their dog and well, we aren’t one to buck the tide – especially when I have this character. I don’t know how she gets in these... »

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Feeding a Dog for Healthy Muscles

Continuing our series on foods that support a healthy body, today we are focusing on the nutrients that are required to support healthy muscle function. As most of us know, protein and the building block amino acids that protein is made of, are the foundations for muscle growth. However, there are s... »

5 Reasons TO Get a Dog

5 Reasons TO Get a Dog

A few weeks ago, we wrote a post on 5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog. It generated some good conversation and hopefully, if the right people read it, they will think twice about their decision before jumping into dog ownership.   Thinking about reasons to get a dog is much easier. Sometimes, all you ... »

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... »

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby: Why Do My Dogs Feet Smell Like Fritos?

Dear Labby,   Whenever I sit down to pet my dog, he typically rolls over on his back so I can rub his belly. When he does he sticks his feet right in my face and I notice his paws smell like Fritos. What’s up with that?   Frito-bandito   Dear Bandito,   We should have menti... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

This week’s #52Snapshots and #PBSG theme is SPRING! Jack dons his favorite SlimDoggy bandana and checks out some of the flowers in our garden.   »

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... »

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

How Does Your Dog Deal with a Disrupted Routine?

Most dogs love routine. They know what time meals are served, when walks are supposed to happen, what it means when they see a suitcase. Life is pretty predictable. They also like to liven things up. We’ve written before about how excited Jack and Maggie get when we take a new route or drive t... »

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

Benefits of a Quick Workout with your Dog

The last of the seven habits of fit people and their dogs is probably the one that most people don’t utilize: having one or two “go to” quick (e.g. 15 minute) workouts to use when time is short.   Time is often the biggest limiting factor that prevents us from achieving our exercise and fitness... »

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

We love dogs. We can’t imagine our life without dogs in it. There is much written about the benef its of owning a dog, the fun that they are, the security they bring, the unconditional love. That’s why we love having them in our life. But you don’t usually see much written about th... »

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

SlimDoggy Jack | Wordless Wednesday

Hey, that’s not how you use the FitBone Jack…   »

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

Feeding a Dog Cheap Dog Food Can Cost You

In the modern world, food is relatively abundant and there is a wide variety of convenient foods available on the grocery store shelf. More often than not, these foods may contain ingredients of dubious quality, yet the general public mostly chooses to ignore the ingredient label and will still purc... »

#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... »

Core Training for Your Dog

Core Training for Your Dog

Fit people and their fit dogs generally have several exercise habits that are common with their fit brethren. One such habit is to consistently exercise the “core”.   Benefits of a Strong Core There are many benefits to having a strong core. Whether it is a dog or a person, a strong core is wor... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Fungal Diseases

Next in our SlimDoggy Health Check series on dog diseases are fungal diseases. A fungus is any member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds, as well as the more familiar mushrooms. Wikipedia   Many types of fungus exist in the environment... »

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather?

Jack was bored the other day and wanted to play a game of Would You Rather? Wikipedia defines the game as: “a conversation or party game that poses a dilemma in the form of a question beginning with “would you rather”. The dilemma can be between two supposedly good options, such as... »

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

Lessons from Beneful Suit: Importance of Reading Dog Food Labels

If nothing else, the class action lawsuit against Purina’s Beneful brand of dog food has reawakened the general public on issues concerning the quality and ingredients in pet food. In the case of Beneful (and many other pet food Brands), the ingredient list is laden with artificial ingredients and f... »

Is There Such a Thing as a Leisurely Walk with a Lab?

Is There Such a Thing as a Leisurely Walk with a Lab?

This is one of my favorite pinterest images – this aerial view of a walk with a Lab, with the Lab going all over the place. It’s funny mostly because it is so true.   Jack is a pretty methodical walker, he walks mostly by my side, and I can predict which bushes he is going to stop a... »

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