The Final FitDog Friday Post

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As you probably know, today is the last FitDog Friday blog hop.  We started this canine fitness oriented blog hop as a way to bring the blogging community together on the important topics related to canine fitness. Along the way, we hope that we have inspired readers to not only get their dogs in shape, but to get themselves in shape. The truth is, much of the fitness tenets that apply to humans also apply to dogs and keeping a dog fit will often times mean that the pet parent is becoming more fit as well.

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Over the years, and our fellow blog hoppers have certainly raised awareness about canine fitness and why it is so important for a dog’s health, longevity, and quality of life.  For those who don’t know, canine fitness is a real thing.  Dogs need regular exercise to thrive.  And just like with humans, there are lots of techniques and protocols that can be used to ensure that a dog is exercised properly and safely.  Canine fitness is so much more than just taking a dog for a walk.  Like humans, dogs will benefit from many different types of exercise including HIT, strength training, core and balance work, as well as specific skills training.  We have written on each of these subjects many times for our Friday fitness posts.


Finally, it seems that the world is taking notice as well.


I attended the Global Pet Expo (GPE), hosted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) in mid-March.  At GPE, the APPA releases its annual state of the pet industry and for the first time ever, exercise was mentioned as one of the pet services that are contributing to the staggering growth in pet services (and the pet industry in general).  According to the APPA, pet industry spending in the U.S. in 2015 surpassed $60 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow another 4.1% in 2016 to almost $63 billion.  The fastest growing category of spend is the pet services category, which grew 11.8% in 2015 to $5.41 billion.  But the highlight (to me) of the APPA press release was found in the APPA description of the pet services category:

“Pet services, which includes grooming, boarding, walking, training, exercise and yard services for our pampered pets, saw the largest growth again this year and more than tripled the growth percentage of any other category.”


Yup, there it is.  Canine exercise has finally been recognized as a large enough part of the pet services category to be specifically mentioned in the APPA release.  This has been a long time coming and I am grateful that the industry has recognized the importance and magnitude of canine fitness.  What a perfect item to report on in the final FitDog Friday blog hop post.


We have had exactly three years of hops, and have been joined by many different bloggers who have shared their experiences and knowledge on canine fitness. It has been fun for us and I hope that all of our readers have learned a lot over the past three years. And although our blog hop has come to an end, we will continue to write about fitness each week on We will likely stick with our current topical schedule whereby we cover canine fitness in our Friday posts, so please visit us each week (if not more often) to stay informed on how to keep your dog fit and healthy.


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FitDog Friday Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts To Dog with Love and My GBGV Life.   Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below - lots of fun fitness tips and advice!  


  1. We’re sad to see the FitDog Friday hop go. Thank you for hosting such a fantastic hop for such a long time.
    Earl Lover recently posted…Pinch Punch Post – April 2016 & Blogging From A To Z April Challenge – A Is For Agility & Our FitDog FavouritesMy Profile

  2. It’s a sad day in a way. Thanks so much for including us as a cohost. We have enjoyed this hop from the very beginning and will also keep posting about fitness.
    Emma recently posted…A Look Back At FitDog FridayMy Profile

  3. it was a great hop and we learnt a lot, but even when this hop is over, we have a lot of things we can do now while walking and running :o) many thanks to you and to all fit-hoppers :o)
    easy rider recently posted…easyblog FUNNY FURRYDAYMy Profile

  4. We’re sad about it ending too, but it’s great to hear that exercise is being noticed. It was a great pleasure to be included as a co-host these past few years. Look forward to keeping up on all your fitness posts, even without the hop.

  5. Like fitness itself, the journey has been one of incremental progress and steady work. Well done!

  6. Thank you to SlimDoggy and your co-hosts To Dog with Love and My GBGV Life for bringing us FitDog Friday Blog Hop!
    CEO Olivia
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  7. Just curious, why is the hop ending?

  8. Thank you for a fun three years! We’ve enjoyed every week of it!
    Beth recently posted…A FitDog FinaleMy Profile

  9. I’m so sad such a great hop is ending! Thank you for having hosted it.

  10. I’m sad to see the hop ending! Thank you for hosting and bringing such great awareness to such an important topic! We’ll continue to follow all of your posts!

  11. That is wonderful news that the importance of exercise for dogs is now being recognized more! We thank you for bringing it more to our attention, it has changed our lifestyles for sure and I totally agree that it benefits the humans as well! We are sad to see the hop go but I think many blogs along with yours will be carrying on and sharing about health and fitness for our pets.
    Jan K recently posted…Saying Hello to New Fitness Routines and Goodbye to FitDog FridaysMy Profile

    • Thanks for participating in our Hop so often. You can bet we will continue our message!
      mkob recently posted…The Final FitDog Friday PostMy Profile

  12. Hi Y’all!

    Sad to see FDF go by the wayside. We often think of you when we do something that would make a great fit dog post, even though we only post twice a week now.

    Real life has limited what time is available for fun computer time, so we understand how busy lives really limit social web time.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  13. Thanks for all you have done to keep our dogs healthy with Fit Dog Friday. I have learned a lot from this hop. ☺
    M. K. Clinton recently posted…Treat ‘Em Right with Vita BoneMy Profile

  14. So cool to know that people are realizing how important K9 exercise is to their health!!
    Julie recently posted…Easter Bunny and the Weekend!!My Profile

  15. Thank you for 3 years of fitdog, I think I only was with you two and enjoyed every Friday and enjoyed coming up with fitness posts. Nice to hear exercise is finally being talked about!
    Sand Spring Chesapeakes recently posted…1 More SleepMy Profile

  16. You guys did such a great job with this theme. Kudos on all your efforts 🙂

  17. Thanks for hosting the hop these past three years. We’ve learned a lot!

  18. Thanks for hosting! Sad to see it go 🙁
    Konstantza recently posted…What to Expect At Puppy’s First Vet Visit?My Profile

  19. I’ve really enjoyed the FDF blog hop and I’m sad to see it go. I’m really glad though that you’ll be continuing with the fitness posts on Fridays. I’ve enjoyed all the great tips and helpful advice. 🙂
    Elaine recently posted…Is Apoquel Safe for Dogs With Allergies?My Profile

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