Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp

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K9Kampbadge_250Exercising 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 while staying fit with your pet.

 

The current K9 Kamp Challenge, Doggy (aka Doggie) Hide and Seek, is a simple, fun activity that can be elevated depending on you and your dog’s fitness level.   Here are the specific details.

 

Doggy Hide and Seek: How to Participate

  1. Select an item–your dog’s favorite toy, a treat, etc. When your dog isn’t looking, hide the item. If your dog is new at this, start off with the item under a pillow or behind a table close enough to find. If your dog is a pro, make it challenging.
  2. Now tell your dog “Find it!” Run along with your dog, encouraging him as you go.
  3. Be sure to offer lots of praise when your dog finds the item.
  4. Now, it’s your turn! Be creative and think up new ways to play Doggy Hide and Seek.

 

Pretty straight forward!  Slimdoggy Jack and Maggie play a version of this almost every day.  The game is called “find the food” and it challenges their senses as well as provides some low intensity exercise.

agility drill with dog

Jack and Steve using cones for speed & agility

 

For our participation in K9 Kamp, we are going to turn it up a notch.  Our plan is to turn Doggy Hide and Seek into an agility/cone drill that Slimdoggy Steve uses for his own training and crank up the intensity level for Jack.   We will require an outdoor space, some cones, and some small treats to make it happen.

 

Benefits of Doggy Hide and Seek

There are many benefits to turning exercise into a game for your dog, like we are suggesting with Doggy Hide and Seek.

  1. Bonding: playing and exercising with your dog facilitates the bond between you.
  2. Physical fitness: anytime you are running around and playing with your dog, the both of you are getting some physical benefits.  You can dial up (or down) the intensity level by varying your pace and distance covered during the game.
  3. Mental fitness: by making the exercise a game for the two of you, and asking your dog to ‘find it’ (whatever “it” is), you are stimulating their mind which leads to increased brain activity.
  4. Sensory fitness: especially if using treats or favorite toys, Doggy Hide and Seek can challenge your dog’s sensory skills which, like muscles, require use to stay sharp and toned.

 

Stay tuned for our next K9 Kamp post where we describe the Slimdoggy Jack version of Doggy Hide and Seek and some interesting research on how it can help improve memory function.

 

We hope you take up the challenge and design your OWN version of K9 Kamp Doggy Hide & Seek. That’s part of the fun, make up your own game that works for YOUR dog! For the next month, practice your challenge with your dog and then post photos, a video, or just your ‘diary’ on how Kamp went. Be sure to join our Blog Hop on February 21st with your Blog or Facebook Post.

 

Don’t forget to sign onto our Rafflecopter in order for a chance to win this great prize package.

The Rafflecopter is open to anyone, so be sure and sign up. Here’s the prize package:

prize package

Prize package includes:

  1. Chuck-It fetch ball
  2. Petmate Interactive Treat Tower
  3. Dogzilla large rubber bone for strong chewers
  4. Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder
  5. Medium Paw Plunger
  6. 1 – 5oz bag SmartCookee all-natural treats (Chose from the three available flavors)
  7. The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
  8. Slimdoggy t-shirt
  9. Slimdoggy frisbee

You can enter the drawing by entering the Rafflecopter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Prize giveaway closes Feb 24, 2014

Disclaimer: A special thanks to SmartCookee, Petmate & PPI for donating the prizes. We were provided these prizes as gifts for giveaway. No other compensation was provided to us. 

 

fitDogFriday_180x150 Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below – lots of fun fitness tips and advice!

 

 

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67 Comments

  1. I just knew Slimdoggy Jack would kick it up a notch. He’s a great inspiration to all our Kampers! We’re so excited to start K9Kamp together with you and To Dog With Love!
    Peggy Frezon recently posted…K9Kamp Challenge– Let’s Play Doggie Hide and Seek!My Profile

  2. We’re looking forward to see how you incorporate the agility cone drill AND the research you mention involving improved memory function. One thing I will say from experience, running agility has helped my memory as I have to learn and remember different courses to run with Rocco. Looking forward to all the K9 Kamp fun!
    Diane recently posted…Welcome K9 Kampers! Winter session is now open!My Profile

  3. WoW. Lots of fun ideas for some great activity here guys. PLUS prizes – cant go wrong with that. Look forward to being part of the fun. Happy FitDog Friday….

    Also just wondering about the Linky Tools link – should there be a link so we can create the link on our site too???
    Paws and Pedals (Kate & Scooter) recently posted…New Year Resolutions – 3 Ways to Get Back on TrackMy Profile

    • Yeah, I messed up on the Linky -sorry – it’s fixed, but it seems like most everyone found it. Glad you’re joining K9Kamp – Scooter will have lots of fun!
      mkob recently posted…Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp My Profile

  4. I’m looking forward to trying out some new activities and games. I feel bad for Mr. N because Onyxx is getting most of the training time now due to his class.
    Tenacious Little Terrier recently posted…Onyxx’s Tricks Video Version 1.0My Profile

  5. This is an excellent challenge for us! I admit we get stuck in a rut playing the same old hide and seek game so I am excited to try to think up new ways to play. I have been recently reminded of how fun it is to play find ME- I used to teach that game to the pups and kids obedience classes I taught but I haven’t played it with my dogs in a long time.
    Bethany recently posted…Dogs Over The River And Through The Woods, To Alki Beach We GoMy Profile

  6. We are trying some exercices , we alredy tryed the run thing but was a little difficult to acomplish
    YourSpecialDog recently posted…The unlucky Akita | Animal Rescue AlbaniaMy Profile

  7. Maybe we should start posting together as my post is on nose work (finding the hidden treats) today! The code for other blogs for the linky list is missing??? We plan on posting more about nose work, so this challenge will work well 🙂
    emma recently posted…Staying Fit Through Homework | GBGV | FitDog FridayMy Profile

  8. How exciting I never did k9 Kamp before so we are in. This challenge will be fun for the gang. I have great stuff lined up already for this one. Thanks for having the hop and challenge.
    Sand Spring Chesapeakes recently posted…Thursday Barks And BytesMy Profile

  9. We are mostly house bound at the moment due to extreme wind chills and darn ice. Indoor hide and seek might be a fun activity. We have to find something…lol. I am not sure indoor hide and seek will be much of a challenge though. Hope to get out for some real exercise soon.

  10. Where’s the Linky code??
    Dolly the Doxie recently posted…Walking Your Dog: What NOT To DoMy Profile

  11. Hi Y’all!

    My Human likes to play “real” hide and seek with me when we are at the shore. There is lots of cover to hide behind. I’ll explain how to play in a post next week.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  12. Wooohooooo! We will try to get Mama to play hide and seek!
    Kuruk recently posted…A Pup’s Rescue Book…My Profile

  13. What I would be looking forward to mostly in K9 Kamp would be thinking of new ways to play hide and seek. On days when its pouring rain I like to play hide the treat. The dogs love it, but I would love to come up with a new and different way!
    ((husky hugz))
    Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady recently posted…Woofs and Growls!My Profile

    • I’m sure the other Kampers will come up with some great ideas for you. Check Emma at MyGBGV Blog today – she does nose work, which is basically hide and seek.
      mkob recently posted…Exercising a Dog’s Body and Mind at K9Kamp My Profile

  14. We’ll be joining! We have a version we play in the house that I’d love to capture on video 🙂 will try with the gopro so we get Mort’s perspective of the game!
    Jen recently posted…Training your Dog with Acting – Thursday TrainingMy Profile

  15. I tried some hide and seek stuff for Chester and Gretel but I didn’t do it right so neither of us were excited about it. Right now I am building a doggy gym of sorts at my house. There will be some agility equipment in the back yard and the treadmill and balance bone and peanut in the basement. My goal is to start using that stuff regularly with Chester and Gretel.
    Jessica recently posted…#DogDecoding: Why Does My Dog Bark and Lunge at Other Dogs?My Profile

  16. Very cool! We play this game from time to time but Camp will give me the incentive to make it more challenging! 🙂 Can’t wait to see how everyone does!
    Nailah Bone recently posted…FitDog Friday – Sitting PrettyMy Profile

    • Also looking forward to seeing how we can switch up the game. Maybe we’ll try hiding different items at once? 🙂

  17. My dog is incredibly lazy, as in his favorite day is one where he gets to sleep 20 hours. As it is also bitterly cold out, I need new ways to entertain us so the winter pounds stay off……. first up, hiding a tennis ball!

  18. We love playing hide and seek. We usually have to do it with small treats instead of toys since Luna is very food motivated. Luna loves finding the prize.
    Beagles and Bargains recently posted…Keeping Beagle Ears Clean with PurOtic + GIVEAWAYMy Profile

  19. Doggie Hide & Seek sounds PAWSOME! We can even play it indoors here in the coldest depths of Wisconsin. Thanks for giving us a new game to try!

  20. I’ve been wanting to try nose work with the dogs anyway….just for fun at home, so this will fit in perfectly and get me motivated to finally give it a try!
    Jan K recently posted…Catch Up DayMy Profile

  21. We’re most looking forward to learning new things that we can do here at home! We learned SO much last year that we’ve been dying in anticipation for this year!

  22. Fit Dogs FTW!
    Nicole recently posted…Team Naughty DogMy Profile

  23. We will give this a go!
    andrea recently posted…Black And White Sunday – “Westies”My Profile

  24. We are playing hide and seek tonight I can’t wait! I guess 50mph wind gusts don’t make for good walking weather! See you in Kamp! Love Dolly
    Dolly the Doxie recently posted…Walking Your Dog: What NOT To DoMy Profile

  25. Super fun! Can’t wait to see what else is coming in K9 Kamp!
    Cattle Aussies~Bella, Terra, & Kronos recently posted…Wordless Wednesday: VideoMy Profile

  26. ‘Find it’ is already one of Alfie’s absolute favourite games so we’ll have to think of a way to shake it up a little and make it extra pawsome for this challenge 🙂
    Linda – Alfie’s Blog recently posted…Entlebuchers – just how intelligent are they? Hint: Train them or be trained!My Profile

  27. Bentley and I love playing hide and seek. We also hide treats under Tupperware dishes, show him the treat, and then let him watch me scramble the dishes around. He puts his paw on the one with the treat. We have played this for years with our dogs and they enjoy it. : )
    M. K. Clinton recently posted…A Thoughtless Thursday Conversation with BentleyMy Profile

  28. This is such a great suggestion! We do hide and seek with different kinds of toys and treats since I’m preparing Kayo for nosework. It’s definitely a brain exercise for her but I haven’t done much to make it a physical exercise. We sometimes stop on our walks/runs for some “find it” but it’s usually in a small space. I’m gonna have to spice it up a bit!
    BoingyDog recently posted…Uniting to Raise Balanced DogsMy Profile

  29. Getting our senior pup up and movin’!
    SheSpeaksBark recently posted…{First Aid Essentials} Approaching an injured animalMy Profile

  30. I will definitely have to try Hide and Seek with my two Bostons when its cold outside.
    Also, I’m curious if the Paw Plunger actually works to help clean paws. I’ve seen it on various sites, but haven’t decided if its a good buy

  31. I am looking forward to K9 Kamp getting me in shape after dealing with a fractured leg, 3 surgeries and 15 months of being laid up. I think doing this with my dog will even make it sweeter. My dog, Drago, and I love playing fetch and learning new tricks so exercising together will help us to bond even more.

    • Excellent – I’m glad you are going to join us. Injuries can be hard to come back from, so your motivation is great. Good Luck!
      mkob recently posted…Tale of Tails: Tino – Final ChapterMy Profile

  32. Can’t wait to watch Rachel’s tail wag often and hard!

  33. This would be great to slim down my fat doggies.

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