FitDog Friday

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

Do Dogs Need Carbs?

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

6 C's Pyramid

Common Sense Fitness Training for You and Your Dog

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

Is Running Bad for Knees and Joints?

Is Running Bad for Knees and Joints?

I often get asked the question “is running bad for my knees?” or the similar, pet version, “Is running bad for my dog’s knees?” This is a hard question to answer specifically as all of our bodies and health and injury histories are unique. Yet, research supports the idea that if anything, running ca... »

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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... »

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... »

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... »

FitDOG Fitness Quiz Winners!

FitDOG Fitness Quiz Winners!

We are happy to announce the winner of our FitDOG Friday Anniversary FitDog Fitness Quiz! We had over 45 people take the quiz and TEN of you scored 100% – I bet you folks have healthy, happy and FIT pups. (Our winner was randomly selected from the high scoring entrants).   The Winner of o... »

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... »

FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway

FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway

Hard to believe, but our FitDog Friday Blog Hop is one year old!   Our FitDog Friday post today is a FitDOG QUIZ with a $50 Amex gift card to the winner. If you haven’t taken the quiz yet, be sure and get over there and take it.   FitDog Friday Giveaway   As a thank you to all o... »

petnet smartfeeder

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

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

FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway

FitDog Friday Anniversary Giveaway

FitDog Friday ONE YEAR Anniversary is coming up on April 4th. To celebrate, we have a fantastic giveaway scheduled – a package worth over $230! Check out the list below.   In addition to this great giveaway, SlimDoggy is also going to be holding a special FitDog Quiz and the winner will w... »

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Your Dog Can’t Out Exercise a Poor Diet

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

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Cross Training Benefits for You and Your Dog

We are excited to have TWO FitDog Friday posts today – I know that’s unusual, but we are so excited that we released our new SlimDoggy Food Database and Calorie Counter, we had to add the announcement along with our regular FDF post.   One of our fundamental exercise principals is c... »

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

Dog Food Database and Calorie Tracking Now Available

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

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Dog Fit and Healthy

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

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

The High Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

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

SlimDoggy Hide and Seek: Improving Canine Fitness and Memory Function

SlimDoggy Hide and Seek: Improving Canine Fitness and Memory Function

SlimDoggy is proud to be a Kamp Kounselor for K9Kamp, the fun way to get active with your dog. This Kamp Khallenge was Doggy Hide and Seek. SlimDoggy Steve, Jack & Maggie wanted to crank up the intensity a bit to burn a few more calories so they used a variation of a cone/agility drill that Stev... »

Plyometric Drills with your Dog Update: Ball Slams

Plyometric Drills with your Dog Update: Ball Slams

We received a lot of feedback on our article on beginner plyometric drills to do with your dog at home.  Several readers commented that they are unable to perform these exercises due to the winter weather.  While it is true that these drills are more fun outdoors, they can be done in a gym or home g... »

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Beginner Plyometric Drills to do at Home with your Dog

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

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Slimdoggy Fitness Tip: Negative Splits – Turning a Negative into a Positive

We often hear of the expression, “two negatives don’t make a positive” or its cousin, “two wrongs don’t make a right”.  In fitness, I am happy to say, there is a way to make a negative into a positive.  The technique, called “negative split’, is often used by runners but the concept applies to all t... »

agility drill with dog

Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp

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

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7 Tips for Starting a Running Program with Your Dog

Running is a great exercise for both you and your dog.  Yet, many people don’t include running as a regular part of their fitness routine.  This is unfortunate because of all the benefits that running provides to humans and dogs.   Benefits of Running There are numerous benefits associated with... »

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Five Tips to Make Exercise Convenient

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

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

The 6 C’s: A Pyramid Approach to Fitness and Change

Staying fit and healthy is a commitment. For you, and your pet. Fitness and health is achieved not by going to the gym for the 2 weeks after New Years, nor by an occasional bout of exercise every few weeks or months. Attaining fitness, and all of the wonderful benefits that come with it, require a c... »

Move your Mutt

Options for Exercising With Your Dog: PetsMove Mutt-a-Thon Tips

For those that haven’t heard, the inaugural 2014 Move Your Mutt Health and Fitness Expo officially begins on January 1, 2014.  We wanted to describe the Event and provide links to key information pages as well as some suggestions on how to participate in the Mutt-a-thon virtual fitness workout... »

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 2

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 2

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

RESOLVE TO MOVE YOUR MUTT! ~ Blog Hop

RESOLVE TO MOVE YOUR MUTT! ~ Blog Hop

We are excited to announce a NEW Blog Hop for 2014. Resolve to Move Your MUTT! We are sponsoring this Hop along with our co-host Keep the Tail Wagging as an New Year’s Challenge for everyone who makes resolutions to exercise themselves or their pet more often or to feed themselves or their pet... »

FloJo Warmup for agility

Agility Dog Training, an Up Close Look: Part 1

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

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A Simple Core Exercise for your Dog: Touch Drill

We often talk about the importance of a strong core, for both you and your dog.  Today we will share a simple core exercise for your dog that requires no equipment and is a lot of fun as well.   Benefits of a Strong Core A strong core can benefit your dog (and yourself) in many ways including: ... »

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: Hill Training

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: Hill Training

Last week, we discussed the importance of working your dog’s hind legs to keep their strength proportionate to their front legs and prevent atrophy as they age and introduced the Slimdoggy Squat exercise.  Another great exercise that you can do with your dog to build their hind leg strength is calle... »

slimdoggy squat

Hind Leg Exercises for Dogs: The Slimdoggy Squat

  It is very important to make sure that your dog’s exercise routine is diversified and hits their systems and muscles in a balanced fashion.  Otherwise, although you may have a fit dog, you might also have an injured dog.  We have written about our philosophy on how to create a balanced traini... »

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Challenging a Dog’s Mind and Senses for Overall Fitness

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

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

From Fat to Fit: Q & A with Gabriella Martinez

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

Slimdoggy app home page

The SlimDoggy iPhone App Update

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

Slimdoggy Fit Tips for Dogs

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

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

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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... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

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... »

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: ... »

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... »

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... »

Geocaching FitDog!

Geocaching FitDog!

Hi, SlimDoggy Jack here. Today for FitDog Friday, we decided to get out and take part in this geocaching craze and join our friends Gizmo and Finn & Charley for GeoDog Day! What is geocaching? Gizmo and Finn & Charley talk about it all the time on their blogs, but basically it’s kind o... »

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... »

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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... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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... »

Tips for Running With Your Dog

Tips for Running With Your Dog

I love running. Even more, I love running with my dogs. I have been running with my dogs for almost 20 years now, starting with Sweet Sally Brown, then Tino, Becca , and now Maggie and Jack. We are fortunate that since we moved to the West Coast, we have lived near great parks and trails, which make... »

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... »

Core Workout for a Dog?

Core Workout for a Dog?

Thank Dog its FitDog Friday!  This week, we are focusing on one aspect of our K9Kamp fitness challenge, hosted by our friends Peggy Frezon and Kol’s Notes. We chose to use the K9Kamp challenge to motivate us to modify Slimdoggy Jack’s regular exercise routine to include a more diversified set of act... »

Is Mental Exercise Really Exercise?

Is Mental Exercise Really Exercise?

It’s FitDog Friday again, SlimDoggy Jack’s favorite day of the week because he gets to read all the fun posts from his buddies and the cool new fitness activities they’ve been doing. It’s also K9Kamp time, so he’s even more excited to see what his fellow Kampers are up ... »

SlimDoggy and K9Kamp – A Perfect Match!

SlimDoggy and K9Kamp – A Perfect Match!

Thank Dog its FitDog Friday!  This week, we are announcing our participation in the K9Kamp fitness challenge, hosted by our friends Peggy Frezon and Kol’s Notes. What is K9Kamp? K9Kamp is a blogging event to motivate and encourage exercise and bonding with our dogs (and yes, cats can participate!)  ... »

5 Signs that my Dog is Fit

5 Signs that my Dog is Fit

Welcome to this week’s FitDog Friday Blog Hop where SlimDoggy and his blogger friends share ideas, stories, and photos on dog fitness and health. An Important Question Today we want to ask (and possibly answer) a simple, yet important question: “How do I know if my dog is fit & healthy?”  I thou... »

FitDog Friday 5-17-13 Q & A with Steve

FitDog Friday 5-17-13 Q & A with Steve

We have been busy in the media lately.  Besides filming another segment on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, we have recorded several radio spots with Robert Semrow of PetWorldInsider which will be airing on  the EMB network, which currently has shows on more than 100 AM/FM stations across North America. ... »

Does your dog “feel the burn” when they exercise?

Does your dog “feel the burn” when they exercise?

The Payoff of High Intensity Exercise for your Dog Hi FitDog Friday Folks!  I hope that you are all staying fit as we near the start of the summer season. Today’s post is about burning calories.  Specifically, we wanted to compare how many calories are burned based on different exercise intensities.... »

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

5 Tips to Help Your Dog Shed Weight (not hair)

Our FitDog Friday blog post continues our discussion about keys to a healthy dog. Last week, we talked about how exercise and diet are both important components to keeping your dog fit and healthy.  We emphasized basal metabolism and how, except in the most unusual cases, a dog’s calorie burn from e... »

FitDog Friday Giveaway 5-24-13

FitDog Friday Giveaway 5-24-13

FitDog Friday Giveaways Our FitDog Friday co-hosts have been hosting fun prize giveaways for our Blog Hop participants the past few weeks. Now everyone who reads the Hops and joins or comments is eligible for our giveaway. If you are a Blogger, you can still link your FitDog Friday blog post to our ... »

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

FitDog Friday #4 – Keys to a Fit & Healthy Dog

Happy FitDog Friday and thanks for stopping by! Today we want to discuss the two primary keys to having a fit and healthy dog: exercise and diet. (You can also link up to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop at the bottom of this post). Exercise We often say that “movement is life”, and it’s true!  Bot... »

FitDog Friday#3

FitDog Friday#3

Before our official FitDog Friday post, we have some great news.  We are proud to introduce a new co-host,  To Dog With Love who will join SlimDoggy and fellow co-host Peggy’s Pet Place for our weekly FitDog Friday Blog Hop! Welcome Rocco! We wanted to use this week’s post to demonstrate... »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop #3 WINNERS

FitDog Friday Blog Hop #3 WINNERS

As promised, we had some great giveaways for participants in our FitDog Friday last week (4-19-13). If you remember our list of fabulous prizes include: SlimDoggy white t-shirt (SlimDoggy logo) SlimDoggy grey baseball cap SlimDoggy blue t-shirt (Get off your Butt, workout with your Mutt) SlimDoggy f... »

Fit Dog Friday: Resistance Training

Fit Dog Friday: Resistance Training

Resistance Training To Increase Exercise Intensity As you probably know, we at SlimDoggy believe that being fit is super important.  A combination of proper exercise and feeding can markedly improve the quality of life and the life span of your dog (and you too!). For today’s FitDog Friday pos... »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop WINNERS!!

As promised we had some great giveaways for participants in our first ever FitDog Friday last week. If you remember our list of fabulous prizes include: SlimDoggy white t-shirt (SlimDoggy logo) SlimDoggy grey baseball cap SlimDoggy blue t-shirt (Get off your Butt, workout with your Mutt) SlimDoggy f... »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop 4-5-13

FitDog Friday Blog Hop 4-5-13

FitDog Friday Blog Hop is FINALLY Here. We are so excited to be hosting this Blog Hop with our friend Peggy Frezon from Peggy’s Pet Place. Why we started the FitDog Friday Blog Hop The reason we started this Blog Hop is to raise awareness about the importance of having a fit & healthy dog.... »

FitDog Friday Blog Hop Giveaway!

FitDog Friday Blog Hop Giveaway!

Hi SlimDoggy fans. It’s getting close to the start of FitDog Friday Blog Hop and we are pretty excited about the number of blogger friends who are signed up to participate! The Blog Hop will open at 12:01AM EDT on Friday, April 5th and you can join the hop here at Slimdoggy or at Peggy’s... »

FitDog Friday Details

FitDog Friday Details

Next Friday will be our first ever FitDog Friday Blog Hop. We’ve been tweeting about this for the last few weeks and are getting really excited about getting all the Fit Dogs (and not so Fit Dogs) out there participating  to share their stories, activity logs and photos!  We would love to have... »

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