FitDog Friday- K9Kamp Recap

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FitDog FridayAs 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 isn’t as athletic as Jack and she had a minor injury this past week, so we didn’t do as much with her, but she still runs 2x per week and walks every other day. We will provide some tips on running with your dog in next week’s FitDog Friday post.

Benefits of exercising with your dog

I think that some of us, especially those who regularly exercise with our dogs, might sometimes take for granted all of the amazing benefits that we get from working out with our pets.  Our K9Kamp experience, which has led us to explore several new exercise options, has helped to reinforce these benefits which include:

  • Physical fitness and strength
  • Mental fitness and strength
  • Bonding experience with our dogs
  • We look so much sexier 😉

We also learned a lot from our fellow Kampers and FitDog Friday bloggers over the past few weeks.

Here are some of the new things that we learned from others:

  • Paddle boarding!
  • Huppity (hind leg balancing)
  • Equipment for biking
  • Swimming
  • Stair climbing
  • Sit pretty command
  • Nose work and other mental exercises ( hide & seek, find the food)
  • Agility and flyball training techniques
  • Retriever work (bumpers & scents & ‘honoring’)k9kampbadge

We are grateful for all who contributed articles and thoughtful comments to help make the Kamp (and FitDog Friday, which will continue each Friday) so successful.   If you missed any of these tips (or other great posts about canine fitness), search our blog for fitness, Fitdog Friday, and of course, K9Kamp.

Slimdoggy Jack has also enjoyed his Kamp experience.  He really loves the core work, and of course he loves the long runs.  He looks so amazingly fit now—like a dog ½ of his age.  We should all be so lucky. He thought he was going to have to sleep outside in a tent on the hard ground, so he was glad it was a ‘virtual’ Kamp.

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Although we believe Jack to be at his optimal weight, he lost about 1 lb over the last three weeks, no doubt due to the extra kcals he burned with the increased activity.  This is not a bad side effect in our opinion.  Keeping our dogs lean and lighter as they age can help reduce the impact of arthritis and other orthopedic conditions.

What about you?  Tell us your favorite tips and stories that you have learned during the K9Kamp experience.

fitDogFriday_avatarPlease 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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  1. It was fun hanging out at K9 Kamp with you. I admit that I wasn’t able to keep up with all the post from other Kampers due to my wrist so this was a great recap for me.
    Jessica recently posted…When You Reeaally Want Your Dachshund to Do SomethingMy Profile

    • Hope your wrist is better!

  2. Loved K9 Kamp. Got some great tips from others and mom has even looked into some nose work classes for me but they are hard to find in our area and not available very often but my hound nose may sniff some out eventually! The whole dog/human fitness thing is the very best…mom always calls us here fitness buds and we do motivate each other too! Hopefully more dogs will get out with their humans at least a little bit more!
    emma recently posted…K9 Kamp Final Tips | GBGV | FitDog FridayMy Profile

    • I think we’re all doing a great job in getting the message out. We’ve got some other cool ideas up our sleeve that we’ll be announcing soon so stay tuned!
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  3. Nice recap on all the things you and fellow dog bloggers have been up to in the past few weeks. Shows you how much variety is out there for you & your pooch to get involved in……
    Paws and Pedals (Kate & Scooter) recently posted…Extreme Road Test – EzyDog Harness reviewMy Profile

    • I know – it’s pretty amazing when we all come together and share our ideas and tips. So much great info and challenges to be had!
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  4. I would say the biggest thing I learned is that I can still squeeze a little more time in for exercising. Thanks for hosting the hop and we are looking forward to new and creative ways to stay fit.
    Jodi recently posted…Get Your Hustle OnMy Profile

    • Glad to have you join us. I know there’s always time for something – even if it’s a quick ‘walk up the driveway’ as we call it at out house.
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  5. Love all the ideas and this blog hop. Thanks for hosting and inspiring. Lots of fun ways to bond and get fit with our dogs.

  6. Kamp has been a good experience for us…It challenged me to be creative in coming up with new ways for us to be active and I’ve discovered community resources I didn’t know about before…Can’t wait for the next session
    GizmoGeodog recently posted…K9 Kamp Ends on Fitdog FridayMy Profile

    • it’s always good to get out and about. I’ve noticed a big change in Jack’s outdoor behavior – being out and about more makes him calmer in new situations. Always a good thing.
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  7. Loved reading about everyone’s activities at K9 Kamp, and it inspired us to play on our Fit Paws items again! Rocco can’t wait ’till he can move up from junior camp and try some of the big dog activities!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco
    Diane recently posted…Pictures from K9 Kamp!My Profile

    • And we can’t wait to watch him progress. Expecting big & many Blue Ribbons Rocco!
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  8. K9 Kamp would have been great for us, but with Callie still recovering/rehabbing after her TPLO surgery in late February, we had to be careful with her exercise. Now that she has the okay from the surgeon to go back to her “normal” activities a little bit at a time, we’ll be hanging out in the backyard in the morning (as long as it’s not raining or hot as you-know-where). We’ll check out some of the activities from this season’s kamp and see what we can taylor to our own use. Thanks for this great post!

    • Ouch – poor Callie. TPLO’s are tough – our Sally had one too. Ease back into the exercise slowly to prevent a re-injury. If you read the other Bloggers on here, you’ll find lots of great tips – some that aren’t to strenuous. How about swimming?
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  9. We had some wicked weather to contend with, so we didn’t get to do nearly as much as we wanted to this year with Kamp, but we keep working on trying to keep all the dogs active. What we’re really struggling with right now is a senior dog with some health issues and how to balance that in the mix with three younger, more active dogs.
    houndstooth recently posted…A Good Walk Cures A LotMy Profile

    • I understand – when the pack has different needs it really creates havoc with your schedule. I make Steve help out so I’m not doing double/triple duty.
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  10. We didn’t actively participate in the K9 Kamp…it was all we could do to keep up with our regular routine which we had just increased before Kamp started! But we enjoyed reading some of the posts. We are looking forward to trying out a balance cushion and some stair climbing. One thing I definitely took away is that there is so much more to do with your dog beyond playing fetch and walking!
    Jan K recently posted…FitDog ShebaMy Profile

    • Ain’t that the truth! It’s given us lots of fun ideas too. We run and walk all the time, but that can get pretty boring! Thanks for joining the Hop.
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  11. We had fun Kamping with y’all. Great recap. I should have done a weigh-in for Rita and I before/at the end of Kamp. Didn’t think of it. Maybe next time. (Anyway, Rita still looks great… me, eh, not so much.)
    Jackie Bouchard recently posted…FitDog Friday: The End of K9 Kamp?My Profile

  12. Jack looks to me like an athlete dog. He’s fit and hunky and does cool stuff with weights. Does he have all the girl dogs chasing after him?!
    Peggy Frezon recently posted…Around the Campfire, K9 Kampers Tell All!My Profile

  13. We really wanted to do camp and work on some core strengthening but we weren’t able to find the time in the last 3 weeks. We’ve been leading a lot of hikes and walking on days we don’t hike. We hope to work strengthening into our regular routine somehow, but it’s tough when the humans spend so much time at that place they call “work”.

    Garth Riley recently posted…My BlogPaws SWAG GIVEAWAY and Other Cool Contests!My Profile

    • I know, that work thing always gets in the way of our fun doesnt it Garth.
      mkob recently posted…FitDog Friday- K9Kamp RecapMy Profile

  14. We’re so glad you guys were kamping with us! I loved reading about your work outs with Jack. He lost a whole lb eh? I don’t think Kol lost that much, but we were topping up his calories to make sure he didn’t. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next time around.
    Kolchak, Felix & Jodi recently posted…#K9Kamp: Closed for the SeasonMy Profile

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