Category Archives: Fitness

The Benefits of Walking Your Dog

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Dogs are great at providing strong motivation to maintain their owner’s exercise program – who can resist a happy dog, panting with excitement at the front door? They make great walking companions and can serve as the perfect social support. So if you are having difficulty sticking to your fitness program, why don’t you try…

Is My Dog Overweight? How to Tell if Fido is Fat

An increasingly common but quite serious health problem in dogs nowadays is being overweight. In fact, according to a study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, about 54% of dogs are either obese or overweight (though we’d venture to guess that this figure is much higher!). Dogs that have excess fat in their…

New Year’s Resolution: Weight Loss for your Dog

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A New Year is approaching, and many people are thinking about exercising more and losing those extra holiday pounds. While you may have added on an inch or two over the last several months, it’s quite possible your dog put on some weight, too. Cathy M. Rosenthal of MySanAntonio suggests we make the following New…

Bad Weather? Here’s How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors

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Like humans, dogs need adequate exercise every day to stay in shape. When the weather is bad, outdoor activities like swimming or games of fetch are just impossible. Thank goodness, there are lots of indoor pastimes that you and your pooch can do to have fun, relieve boredom, and get closer to each other despite…

Canine Fitness: Ideas for Exercising Your Dog

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Dogs are highly energetic animals which makes exercise the best way to channel their great energy reserves. As in humans, adequate amount of physical and mental stimulation makes the animals’ bodies strong, and their muscles toned up. Because pet dogs are generally kept indoors or in close quarters, exercising is especially important for them. Exercise…

On National Dance Day, Get Down & Boogie With a Dog!

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Saturday, July 27th, marks the 4th annual National Dance Day created by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe!  The nationally recognized holiday is an initiative that encourages everyone in America to come together through dance to promote dance education and physical fitness. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans…

Michelle Obama: Dogs Need Diet & Exercise, Too

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It’s no secret that First Lady Michelle Obama is on a mission to get kids in shape and eating right as a part of her “Let’s Move” campaign started three years ago. But now, she’s insisting that dogs need a healthy diet and exercise too! During a “Google Hangout” chat on Monday, the First Lady…

Fun Fitness with Fido

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Dogs are not only great at showing selfless love, being good listeners, and extending their open paws when you need a hug. They also make outstanding workout buddies! Here are some ways you can bond at the same time stay fit and healthy with Fido. Activities to Engage in Together 1. Walking. A very easy…

Olympian Misty May-Treanor’s Dog-Friendly Workout

Gold medal olympian Misty May-Treanor and her beach volleyball teammate, Kerri Walsh will be hitting the sand in London this summer, playing for their third gold medal win. Misty recently visited The New York Times to promote her new campaign, Project Pet Slim Down with Purina, that encourages dog owners to exercise with their pets…

Help Your Dog Drop That Winter Weight

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It’s easy to put on a few extra pounds over the winter months. Not only do we have a couple of holidays which traditionally involve a big, fatty meal (and days worth of leftovers), the cold weather is an easy excuse to stay inside and bundle up instead of taking that walk or hitting the…

Why is My Dog So Fat?!

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Dogs, just like humans, gain excess body weight for a number of different reasons. If your dog is active, eats a healthy and balanced diet, and still seems to put on the extra pounds, you may be asking yourself, why is my dog so fat? Whether your vet has informed you or you suspect that…

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