Exercise

DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

DIY Ball for Blind Dogs

If you follow our blog, you know of our dog Tino and the fact that he went blind around age 9. His blindness never stopped Tino from doing any of the things he loved, including an occasional game of fetch. We searched high and low for a ball that would make a continuous sound and eventually found on... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

A to Z Challenge: Zoomies

A to Z Challenge: Zoomies

Today is the last day of our A to Z Challenge, the letter “Z”, it was an easy one, we choose ZOOMIES. Anyone who has a dog, knows what the “Zoomies” are. For those of you that don’t, zoomies are a kind of run that a dog does when they are absolutely, completely in the m... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Five Tips on using Incentives to Train Your Dog

Five Tips on using Incentives to Train Your Dog

Today’s A to Z Challenge letter “I” post is about Incentive and how to use Incentives to train your dog. Having Labs, using food as incentives comes natural, but what if your dog doesn’t find food that attractive, how do you incorporate incentives into your training program? ... »

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... »

FitDog Friday Anniversary Awards

FitDog Friday Anniversary Awards

We are proud to announce our FitDog Friday participation awards. These awards our reserved for our most faithful and dedicated participants in the FitDog Friday Blog Hop. In order of appearance, the awards are:   High Mile Award: Paws and Pedals Consistency Award: Hawk AKA Brown Dog Pack Variet... »

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... »

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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... »

Update | Resolve to Move Your Mutt

At the end of last year, we held a Resolve to Move Your Mutt Blog Hop. The goal was simple: set a New Year’s Resolution for you and your dog and share that resolution with a cute photo. We had nineteen Bloggers join the Hop and lots more join us on Facebook.   Given we are almost to the e... »

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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... »

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... »

Wordless Wednesday 2-19-14

Wordless Wednesday 2-19-14

Our two healthy & fit 10 year old Labs, Jack & Maggie running in the yard.     BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!   »

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... »

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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... »

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Dog Food Ingredient Splitting

We decided to re-post and update our important article on ingredient splitting. We updated the statistics and found that there are a lot more instances of ingredient splitting in dog food than we first thought :-(. Remember that glancing at the ingredient list can be misleading. Make sure you look f... »

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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... »

How do I Find a Dog Camp?

How do I Find a Dog Camp?

Canine fitness centers, doggie boot camps, canine adventure clubs & swim centers are all the rage right now. I see or read about new ones all the time. We are huge fans of these places because whether they are indoors or outdoors, for the dogs alone or for humans and canines together, they are a... »

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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... »

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: ... »

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... »

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... »

slimdoggy jack at pooch hotel

Slimdoggy Jack on location at Pooch Hotel WLA

Slimdoggy Jack and Steve were busy this week filming a series of video segments for eHow.  Our topics this day included: How to walk a dog on a treadmill (we used the advice of our friends at Dogtread) How much to feed a puppy How much to feed an English Bulldog How to prevent your dog from chewing ... »

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... »

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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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Black and White Sunday – Post Run Bond

Jack and Steve after a run. No doubt the exercise experience creates a stronger bond between them. We’re joining Black & White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to our Blog Hop sponsors: My Life in Blog Years, Dachshund Nola »

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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... »

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... »

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 ... »

I’m So Ashamed….

I’m So Ashamed….

  We’re joining Kol’s Notesand My Brown Newfies for a fun day of Human-Shaming. What does your human have to be ashamed of? »

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... »

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Drugs and the Rising Cost of Pet Healthcare

I attended (and presented “My Dog at What?”) at the BarkWorld Conference last week.  It was a fun event with many great presentations on a wide array of topics that are relevant for today’s pet industry.   There was one presentation on the rising cost of pet medicine, by PetCareRX.com (an onlin... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Deer

In our continuing series about Tino and his mischievous run-ins with various critters, our next installment is about Tino & the deer. This happened many years ago – Tino was in his prime, probably about 4 years old. We frequently ran & hiked in a place called Cherry Canyon in LaCanada,... »

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... »

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... »

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Rescue Cocker Spaniel is Chubby!

Dear Labby, My Cocker Spaniel, who we rescued from a shelter 6 months ago, is 5 yrs old and has gained four lbs.  She is looking too chubby and we don’t know what to do! She weighs 27.4 lbs, and the vet thinks she should be at 22-23 lbs. I feed her Nutrisca dry food, chicken and chickpea recip... »

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... »

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. ... »

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... »

Park Day 2.0

Park Day 2.0

Darn, Park Day 2.0 is here already and we didn’t get a chance to get to the park AGAIN!! Last week, I sprained my ankle, so mom said I had to REST – I hate that. This week, there was a BRUSH FIRE near our park and we couldn’t go! But here’s some pictures of the fire taken fro... »

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... »

Park Day

Park Day

We’re joining Gizmo & Finn’s Blogville Park Day celebration. Unfortunately, mom was going to take me to the park today for some pictures, but I sprained something on my run with dad this morning and I’m limping and now she says I have to ‘rest’. So we don’t ha... »

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 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... »

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