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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!     »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

Cross Training for Greater Fitness for You and Your Dog

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

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

Exercise Options for Time Constrained Pet Owners

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

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

Obesity in Dogs: Exercise and the Obesity Genes

We have been writing a lot about nutrigenomics, which is the study of how food can influence the gene expressions of a body. A related field is called epigenetics, which is similar, but more broadly studies the impact of exogenous factors, like lifestyle and environment, on gene expression.   While ... »

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

Habits of Fit People and their Dogs: Scheduling

One of the most overlooked, yet ‘easy’ of the seven habits of fit people and fit dogs is the concept of scheduling. By scheduling, I mean the act of putting workout times directly on a daily calendar so that the time is blocked off, just like a regular meeting or appointment might be.   Putting... »

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

High Intensity Workouts with your Dog

The second of the seven fitness habits of highly fit people and dogs is to mix in high intensity training into their regular exercise schedule. Although it can be difficult, high intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, can provide you and your dog with many benefits including:   Improv... »

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

Working Out in the Morning with your Dog

One of the fitness habits that I have noticed fit people possess is an ability to work out in the morning. Exercising in the morning, especially with your dog, is a great way to build and maintain fitness for several reasons. Some of the best reasons to work out in the morning include: Morning worko... »

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

Benefits of a Little Running: Increased Life Span

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

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

Seven Fitness Habits of Fit People and Fit Dogs

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

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: Value of Rest

I haven’t written recently about “fitness tips I have learned from my dogs”. However, a recent run with our two Labradors had me inspired to share the experience and the associated learnings.   Over the past few weeks, a confluence of factors has made it more difficult for me to tak... »

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

Dog Fitness: Working Out for Change

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

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

One of the most popular ways to keeping a dog fit is the good old walk. Whether you are brand new to being a pet owner, or you’ve just introduced a new furry family member to your existing canine pack, mastering the art of dog walking is usually a “work in progress”. In the first of a two part serie... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 260 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

Trail Running Tips for You and your Dog

In our last post, we discussed the many benefits of trail running with your dog when compared to running on pavement and other flat, even surfaces. Yet, all of those benefits notwithstanding, trail running presents some challenges and other risks that you need to be prepared for. Use these tips to k... »

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Benefits of Trail Running with Your Dog

Running with my dogs is one of my favorite things to do. Working up a sweat (or pant) together and bonding through the experience, releasing the endocannabinoids and endorphins, staying fit and mobile, and burning some extra calories are all some of the reasons I love it so much. We are very fortuna... »

5 Tips for Exercising your Dog in the Winter

5 Tips for Exercising your Dog in the Winter

Today’s post is from guest blogger Jonathon Ensor, who shares some tips about making winter exercise more manageable for you and your dog. Exercising our pets outdoors in temperate climates is generally a treat for everybody involved; our furry friends get to expend some energy, and we get to ... »

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

Dog Fitness: Capability Leads to a More Active Dog

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), your workouts start to take shape and you will become more consistent with an exercise progra... »

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Can I Give my Dog Turkey at Thanksgiving?

Holiday Food Calories and the Exercise Your Dog Will Need to Burn off the Calories Holiday season is once again nearing. In the U.S., we will be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday in two weeks and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Most people tend to over... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?

Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made awa... »

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

Healthy Dog Treats or Tricks?

In the spirit of Halloween, our fitness post today is about tricks or treats. Specifically, dog treats and how they can sabotage or support a healthy body.   Popularity of Dog Treats There is no question that dog treats are commonly used by dog owners. According to the American Pet Products Ass... »

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need to Burn 211 Calories?

The Washington Post recently reported on an interesting study in the American Journal of Public Health which suggests that showing people the amount of exercise they would need to perform to burn off a sweetened beverage is more effective in curtailing consumption than is displaying that drink’s cal... »

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

Upper Back Exercise for a Dog

A reader recently asked for some suggestion on how to work their dog’s latissimus dorsi muscles (i.e. their upper back). The thought of SlimDoggy Jack doing pullups both made me smile and inspired me to write this piece.   What are the Lats? Commonly known as the “lats”, the latissimus dorsi is... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently wrote about the Mizuno sponsored study entitled “What if Everybody Ran”, which calculated the benefits of what would happen if everyone in the United States ran and was fit. The study is eye opening as it calculated numerical estimates, across the entire U.S. population, of the associated... »

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Should Dogs be Allowed to Adopt People: Benefits of Owning a Dog

Kimberly Gauthier at Keep the Tail Wagging recently posted an article with a controversial title, Should Overweight People be Allowed to Adopt Dogs? This thoughtful piece, while extolling the benefits of exercising a pet properly, also emphasized that we should not be quick to judge others. It also ... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

What if Every Dog Ran: Benefits of Running

We have gone on record to state that owners of overweight or obese pets are not only shortening their pet’s lifespans, but they are also spending needless billions of dollars each year in extra food and medical costs. Our (conservative) estimate is that this cost is somewhere near $8 billion for dog... »

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

Fit Dog Fitness Tips: Add Intensity for a Boost

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

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

More Back Leg Exercises for your Dog

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

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. ... »

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... »

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

Big Dog – Small Dog Fitness

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

Fitness Tips I Learned from my Dogs: 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... »

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... »

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 with our Dogs: Jack & Maggie Learn to Swim

Fitness with our Dogs: Jack & Maggie Learn to Swim

FitDog Friday is all about canine fitness and we often write about fitness tips or fitness research that can help you and your dog stay fit and healthy.  Today, we are taking a different approach and will be sharing some “fitness fun at the lake”.  After all, fitness should be fun and as... »

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 ... »

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... »

K9 Kamp is Back with Backyard Fitness Games!

K9 Kamp is Back with Backyard Fitness Games!

We are so excited that K9 Kamp is back again with a great theme and an awesome prize package for our Kampers. (Scroll to the bottom for prize sign-up).   SlimDoggy’s main goal is to get everyone participating, so as long as you have a dog…you can be a K9 Kamper. How? Just grab your ... »

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Running with your Dog to Feel Good

Before we start our post, we want to announce the return of K9 Kamp! Yes, Summer 2014 K9 Kamp is schedule to kick-off next Friday. Our theme for Kamp is Backyard Games. There’s so much to tell you about and so many prizes to show you, we’ve put it all into a separate post. Read all about... »

K9 Kamp:  Backyard Fitness

K9 Kamp: Backyard Fitness

Summer Kamp is here K9 Kampers. K9 Kamp begins next week June 27, 2014. Our theme is Backyard Fitness Games so we want you to share stories and photos of you getting fit in your backyard with your dog. Maybe you’re swimming in the pool or doing agility or playing fetch, doesn’t matter, w... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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