Fitness

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 ... »

Dr. Katy Nelson Part 2:  Pet Exercise and Sandy Hook Project

Dr. Katy Nelson Part 2: Pet Exercise and Sandy Hook Project

We thought it appropriate for FitDog Friday to wrap-up Part 2 of our Q&A with Dr. Katy Nelson. We talk to her about her appreciation for fitness and about her efforts to help a family from Newtown CT, the location of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.  You can read Part 1 here. SlimDoggy... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

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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... »

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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... »

Five Tips to Keep Your Pet in Tip Top Shape

Five Tips to Keep Your Pet in Tip Top Shape

Summer is here, no more excuses about bad weather preventing you from getting out with your dogs and getting some exercise. Here’s five simple tips for helping you get your dog in shape…and yourself too!     Five Tips to Keep Your Pet in Tip Top Shape — powered by ehow »

How to Keep Your Pets From Overheating in the Summer

How to Keep Your Pets From Overheating in the Summer

Summer is almost here and time for some tips on keeping your dog cool during the summer months, while still getting enough exercise in to keep them fit and healthy. Our eHow video has some great tips: How to Keep Your Pets From Overheating in the Summer — powered by ehow »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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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... »

sprints with dogs

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... »

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby | Does my Dog Love (or Hate) Massage?

Dear Labby,    Each evening I sit with my dog Kylie and give her a massage – I run my hands up and down her legs and her feet and do a little back massage too. Sometimes she moans and groans and it’s almost a growl…is she telling me she wants me to stop, or does she like it? H... »

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... »

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... »

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

When did Overweight Labs Become the New Normal?

Last week we posted a provocative article regarding what we viewed as overweight Labradors representing the breed in the Westminster Dog Show. We have gotten lots of feedback on the post, from Veterinarians and Lab owners supporting our view and some folks, mostly breeders and show dog owners, telli... »

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... »

Best of Breed, Labs, 2014

No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster

The Westminster Dog Show just wrapped up the 2014 edition. Yet again, the Best in Show was won by a breed other than America’s favorite, the Labrador Retriever. Amazing as it sounds, the Lab has never won the Best in Show award at Westminster. There have been many reasons put forth as to why a Lab h... »

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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 ... »

Plyometrics Part 1:  Building a Base

Plyometrics Part 1: Building a Base

We are often asked about plyometric training and how to incorporate it into a fitness routine.  Recently, one of our followers asked about a home based plyometric workout that includes some exercise and training for their dog as well.  With that as an incentive, we decided to write a series of posts... »

running with dogs

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... »

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of 2013 and about to embark on another holiday season.  With the turn of the calendar, often comes one or more “New Year’s resolutions” by well intended people looking to change or improve their behavior.  This year, why not resolve to keep your pet fit, tri... »

SlimDoggy on eHow – How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill

SlimDoggy on eHow – How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill

For many dog owners, a dog treadmill can be a great tool to help keep their pet fit and healthy. Treadmills allow you to exercise your dog even if: The weather is too cold or rainy It is too dark outside before or after work If you have an injury and can’t run with your dog If you need to stay... »

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: ... »

Dog Walkers – What to Look For

Dog Walkers – What to Look For

We’re happy to be joining the Walk Your Dog Blog Hop again this month. We read lots of really great information shared over the past month by our hosts and fellow hoppers on walking your dog and how to make it fun, challenging and a real workout, Be sure and check out all the previous posts. T... »

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... »

calories for holiday food

Holiday Food Calories and the Price Your Dog Will Pay

Yes, it is holiday season.  In the U.S., we are celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday and will soon follow this up with Christmas/Hanukkah, and New Years feasts (Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving this year).  Most of us will tend to overindulge and likely will pack on a few pounds if we aren’t care... »

Senior Fit Tips

Senior Fit Tips

We have a new infographic to introduce today specifically for our seniors in honor of Senior Pet Month. Please spread the word about these tips and add your own thoughts and advice in our comments. »

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... »

jack playing find the food

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... »

Walk Your Dog on Mischief Monday

Walk Your Dog on Mischief Monday

It never seems to fail that Jack gets into some mischief whenever I’m trying to do a ‘photo’ walk. For the new Walk Your Dog Hop, I wanted to share the view of our valley from the other side of the mountains around us, so last weekend we drove over to the one road that goes up to t... »

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... »

Dear Labby: Playtime with Pup

Dear Labby: Playtime with Pup

Dear Labby, What games should I play with my dog? We just rescued a medium size dog (45 lbs) from the shelter. He seems really hyper. I walk him for 15-20 minutes every day, but he seems fixated on his ball and all he wants to do is play fetch. He is also very destructive in the house, chewing on th... »

K9 Kamp – Fitness Fun & Games

K9 Kamp – Fitness Fun & Games

We’ve been remiss in getting our K9 Kamp posts together and posted. The latest K9 Kamp Challenge is Fitness Fun & Games. Everything Jack does is a game to him, so this is an easy one. But neither Jack or Maggie like to play fetch, or tug, or chase, so we decided to do the one thing they bo... »

SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1

SlimDoggy Fit Tips #1

Here’s our first SlimDoggy Fit Tips infograph. Our great readers her on the blog and on Facebook submitted so many tips and success stories, we couldn’t fit it all in one chart, so we will be doing these regularly. If your tip doesn’t appear on this one, don’t worry, it will ... »

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... »

Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday Edition

Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Wordless Wednesday Edition

In support of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we created an infographic with some thought-provoking facts and figures on the pet obesity problem in the US. We plan to create a second infographic this month highlighting reader tips & advice for keeping their pets fit as well as featuring some... »

Walks With My Dogs

Walks With My Dogs

I’ve had dogs in my life for most of my adult life – about 26 years (not to age myself or anything). These dogs include my first, Maxine and then Sally, Tino, Becca, Jack & Maggie, in order of appearance. I am and have always been diligent about walking my dogs. Luckily, I’m a ... »

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... »

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

Pet Wellness Mythbusters #6

We’re adding to our MythBuster series today and focusing on wellness myths since it’s Pet Wellness Month. What is Pet Wellness? It’s just what you think – keeping your pet fit, health and “well”. It’s preventative medicine for your pet. Many vets provide spe... »

Monday Mischief? Barely…

Monday Mischief? Barely…

I know today is Monday Mischief – one of our favorite Blog Hops, but we have something more important to talk about today. We are hijacking the Mischief post to talk about Pet Wellness. Can’t believe that it is almost October already but it is and October is National Pet Wellness month. ... »

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... »

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

What should YOUR Breed of dog weigh?

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

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!)  ... »

Jack gets Park Day 2.0 Bingo #2

Jack gets Park Day 2.0 Bingo #2

It took us awhile to get our 2nd Bingo for Park Day. Mom’s been busy going to Blog Paws and stuff, but we finally got it! Here’s the card we finished and while some of the squares are the same as our 1st Bingo, we added a few new things to our Park Day adventure. First we visited a park ... »

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... »

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby 3 Tips for Dog Behavior Issues

Dear Labby, We just adopted a young, energetic mixed breed male dog (we think part Lab, part Shepherd). Our vet says he appears to be between 3-4 years old.  “Lenny’ is adorable but he is exhibiting some unwanted behaviors including digging and chewing on our furniture.  He has so much energy that w... »

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

Get the SlimDoggy Widget!

We are pleased to announce that the SlimDoggy web widget is now available. This widget provides some of the features available in the SlimDoggy iPhone App. Check it out below. Use the widget to: Estimate your dog’s daily calorie requirements so you can feed them the proper servings. Look up a ... »

Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim

Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim

We saw an article about getting your dog slim and trim by Ron Miller at Dogintonpost.com . You can read the article here: Helping Your Pudgy Pooch Back To Slim and Trim | The Dogington Post. We obviously think it is great the Ron is writing about this as we have way too many overweight dogs in the w... »

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... »

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Does Your Dog Need More Exercise?

Providing your dog with sufficient amounts of exercise is crucial both for weight management and for ensuring a well behaved pet.  We stumbled upon this article on petside.com which can help you evaluate whether or not your dog is getting enough high quality exercise. You can read the full piece her... »

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... »

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