A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge Wrap-up

Yesterday we finished up our A to Z Challenge. It was a lot of fun and a couple of those letters presented a real challenge to come up with something that would be interesting, but also fit in with the overall SlimDoggy message of food, fitness & fun for healthy pets.   April was a really ... »

A to Z Challenge: Zoomies

A to Z Challenge: Zoomies

Today is the last day of our A to Z Challenge, the letter “Z”, it was an easy one, we choose ZOOMIES. Anyone who has a dog, knows what the “Zoomies” are. For those of you that don’t, zoomies are a kind of run that a dog does when they are absolutely, completely in the m... »

Did You Say Yogurt Pops? Yum.

Did You Say Yogurt Pops? Yum.

Our Tasty Tuesday and “Y” post for today is on Yogurt Pops. Yogurt pops are a favorite treat in the summertime for the dogs and since summer is coming up, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite recipes. Since mom isn’t very creative, hates to cook  is very busy, she usua... »

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 ... »

A to Z Challenge: Walking

A to Z Challenge: Walking

Our “W” post today is on Walking, one of our favorite activities with our dogs. Jack and I used to walk a lot. We would do regular 3-4 mile walks everyday and then much longer on weekends. I say “used to” because we don’t anymore and I miss it. When we first got Jack, o... »

Jack checking the equipment

SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie: Video Stars

Video, yes today’s post for the letter “V” is Video. It was going to be on vegetables, but since we spent Wednesday with a film crew at our house running B-roll for an upcoming news feature on wearable pet technology, I thought it would be more fun to give you a glimpse into our da... »

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 ... »

Wordless Wednesday | Transformed

Wordless Wednesday | Transformed

Our “T” post and our Wordless Wednesday post is a photo of our transformed dog.     And in case you haven’t seen photos of Jack when we first got him almost three years ago – here’s what he looked like before his “transformation”. Kind of a flabby,... »

Supplements for Pets Part 1:  Food Synergy

Supplements for Pets Part 1: Food Synergy

What are Supplements? According to Wikipedia, a dietary supplement is intended to provide nutrients that may otherwise not be consumed in sufficient quantities. Supplements as generally understood include vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, among other substances. For our ‘... »

dog running

Running and Other Fun Exercises for you and your Dog

Today we welcome Sydney, Australia based veterinarian, Eloise Bright as a guest writer for the letter ‘R’ for our A to Z post on, wait for it…of course, RUNNING! As you will soon find out, Eloise and SlimDoggy have a common point of view on the value of exercising regularly with yo... »

Slimdoggy exercise

Quick Workouts to Burn Calories with your Dog

Bet you thought we’d have a hard time with the letter “Q” for today’s A to Z Challenge post. One of the biggest excuses that people use for not exercising themselves or their dog is the familiar “I have no time”. It turns out that this is not a valid excuse. Anyone pressed fo... »

SlimDoggy Hikes to Paradise Falls

SlimDoggy Hikes to Paradise Falls

We’re doing something a little different for FitDog Friday today since we’ve had so many fitness posts during the A to Z Challenge. Jack and Maggie are taking over and presenting a review of their latest hike up to Paradise Falls near our home. Take it away Jack… Our story is about... »

Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA)

Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA)

Chances are if you have pets, you have heard of the OFA, the Orthopedic Foundation of America. I know ever since I had my first Lab back in 1980’s, I knew of the OFA and their certification process and I made sure that Maxine had her xrays and was cleared for hip dysplasia before we bred her. ... »

Wordless Wednesday: Napping

Wordless Wednesday: Napping

Our A to Z Challenge letter today is “N” for NAPPING. We entered Jack into the Fidose of Reality “Sleeping Dog” contest last month. He didn’t win, but here’s a selection of some of his winning poses. But, Maggie May DID win an Honorable Mention for this pose. How ... »

Mouth-watering Snacks for your Dog

Mouth-watering Snacks for your Dog

We are doing double-duty on the blog hops again today, joining our A to Z Challenge and one of our favorite Hops – Tasty Tuesday. We are half-way through the A to Z Challenge now with the letter “M” for Mouth-watering snacks.   We’re going to discuss some mouth-watering ... »

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... »

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... »

Five Tips on using Incentives to Train Your Dog

Five Tips on using Incentives to Train Your Dog

Today’s A to Z Challenge letter “I” post is about Incentive and how to use Incentives to train your dog. Having Labs, using food as incentives comes natural, but what if your dog doesn’t find food that attractive, how do you incorporate incentives into your training program? ... »

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... »

Gardening: What Vegetables Make Good Dog Food?

Gardening: What Vegetables Make Good Dog Food?

Today’s A to Z Challenge post for the letter “G” is on Gardening. Last month I posted some fun photos of Jack helping me ‘garden’ in our backyard. He wasn’t really gardening, he was digging for ground squirrels, but if I could harness that digging energy, I could ... »

Dogs are great running partners

The Filthy Fifty: Fifty Reps for Canine and Human Fitness

I have always wanted to write about the “filthy fifty” exercise technique but were never quite sure how to work it in to our SlimDoggy posts.  Thankfully, the A to Z Hop needs a post starting with the letter “F”, so here we go at last.  For those who don’t know, the filthy fifty is a Cross-Fit worko... »

Easy Snacks for Your Dog

Easy Snacks for Your Dog

Our A to Z Challenge letter today is “E” and we are posting ideas on Easy Snacks for Your Dog. Want an Easy (and healthy) Snack for your pup? We suggest fruits & vegetables. Many of you will say “Oh no, my dog won’t eat vegetables”, but you’ll be surprised &#... »

FitDOG Fitness Quiz |FitDog Friday Anniversary

FitDOG Fitness Quiz |FitDog Friday Anniversary

Our A to Z Challenge post today is the letter “D” and we offer our FitDOG quiz in honor of FitDog Friday Blog Hop 1 Year Anniversary [mlw_quizmaster quiz=2]   Don’t forget to enter our FitDog Friday Giveaway.   View our FitDog Friday 2014 Awards.     Please enjo... »

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... »

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Dog Food Ingredients A to Z: Alfalfa

Today we start a new challenge for the month of April. It’s the A to Z Challenge and we have to write a post a day using a theme for each letter of the alphabet. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke… Today, being April 1st, we start with the letter “A” and our post... »

SlimDoggy | April A to Z Challenge

SlimDoggy | April A to Z Challenge

You may have heard about the A to Z Blogger Challenge. It’s a Blogger challenge that we read about last year and thought it might be fun to participate this year. The challenge is to write a post everyday during the month of April – using each letter of the alphabet for each day of the m... »