Fitness - K9 Fit Club

June 24, 2016

Recently our founder, Tricia Montgomery, was featured in an article for WebMD called “Women’s Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body”. We love hearing K9 Fit Club’s name in the press, read below for a sneak peak on Tricia’s take on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in the occasional treat, of the human variety of course.

Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet

There’s an easy recipe if your goal is to keep away problems like heart disease and strokes.

  • Eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Choose whole grains. Try brown rice instead of white. Switch to whole wheat pasta.
  • Choose lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans, and legumes.
  • Cut down on processed foods, sugar, salt, and saturated fat.

When eating healthy, flexibility often works best, says Joyce Meng, MD, assistant professor at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. If you like to follow a strict diet plan, go for it. If not, it’s OK. “Find what works for you.”

Tricia Montgomery, 52, the founder of K9 Fit Club, knows first-hand how the right diet and lifestyle can help. For her, choosing healthy foods and planning small, frequent meals works well. “I don’t deny myself anything,” she says. “I still have dessert — key lime pie, yum! — and I love frozen gummy bears, but moderation is key.”

 

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January 14, 2016

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(CNN)Dogs make the best workout buddies. They never complain about hills, or cancel on you last-minute. And they’re always stoked to follow you out the door. That energy can be contagious: research from Michigan State University found that canine owners were 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than folks who didn’t have a dog. Even if you’re just taking your pup for a walk, that counts. (Move at a brisk clip and you can burn as many as 170 calories in half an hour.) But there are lots of other activities you and Fido can do together — all while strengthening your bond.

Check out these fun ways to get fit with your furry pal….

 

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August 1, 2013

Gillian Palmerin and Lexie (above) and Jordan Swenson and Cooper (below) feel the burn during a session at K9 Fit Club in Westmont, Ill.

“Dogs are an extremely reliable workout partner,” says Tricia Montgomery, “because they’ll never cancel on you.”

Montgomery is president and founder of K9 Fit Club, a Chicago-based business with plans to open some 30 exercise clubs catering to dog owners nationwide. The former Chicago VMA executive director saw a need for a “mixed-species” fitness program in 2008 when pet obesity was gaining notice.

“We’re on a mission to create a national community of clubs dedicated to creating healthy lives for dogs and their people,” Montgomery said. “The most important decision a person can make in their day is exercising with their pet.”

Each 60-minute session was developed by a team of veterinarians, physicians, psychologists, personal trainers, and dog trainers. Sessions are run by a certified personal trainer who’s also credentialed by the club to work with canine clients.

Dependent on location, classes are limited to eight to 10 participants and range in difficulty, incorporating a mix of cardiac, stretching, and strength training exercises. Options include Oh My Dog Bootcamp, Bow Wow Bootcamp, Pupilates, and Tai Chi Wa Wa as well as a class for children and puppies.

Sessions for special needs clients and breast cancer patients are also available. “We want to make it a safe place for people to work out who may not feel comfortable elsewhere,” Montgomery explained.

Erin Harvey and her dog Goldie, a Golden Retriever and Poodle mix, have been coming to K9 Fit Club since January. “I find it’s really cool to work out with the dogs and stay fit,” said Harvey, who has Down syndrome.

Success stories are many. Not only have Cindy Rodkin and her dog Khaki lost 80 pounds collectively, but also, according to trainers and Montgomery, Khaki is better behaved. Another K9 Fit Club member, Rebekkah Rakow, and her dog came to the club weighing 417 pounds and lost 82 pounds in less than three months.

In addition to the benefits of weight loss, K9 Fit Club strengthens the human-animal bond and promotes positive canine behavior. Montgomery said the club is working with the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative at Purdue University by logging and providing data on participants’ experiences exercising with their pets.


July 19, 2013

fit-dogMany dog owners find their pets cute and huggable when they’re chubby or fat. Sometimes, they even think such condition is healthy for their dogs. Eating too much is very different with an active appetite and a proper diet. It doesn’t mean that when dogs pose a good appetite, they are already in good condition. Some dogs tend to overeat that may result to obesity and other food-related disorders.

Believe it or not, many health conditions associated to overweight dogs are same from those illnesses suffered by obese humans.

Dogs also have risks of having type 2 diabetes, respiratory and heart ailments, joint problems, kidney problems as well as high blood pressure and cancer. In such way, obesity may cause complications to the the dog’s health that may lead to any of the aforementioned disorders.

According to Dr. Alex German, director of the Royal Canin Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool, obesity is really a risk to dogs and it does not only affect their health but also their quality of life. Some pet owners overlook conditions of obesity as laziness when their dogs tend to lie around more and interact less. But Dr. German quoted weight loss as an important factor in keeping dogs fit, healthy, and happy. Here are 8 fun ways to get your dog fit and healthy:

1. Maintain Proper Diet

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), Pet obesity is not a pet problem, but a human problem. Regulating proper dog nutrition is one of the most important things that an owner should consider. You should know which kind of food and the right amount of food in each serving is good for your pooch. Your pet trusts you in his/her meal. Whatever you give him/her, he/she would gladly eat it without thoughts about what it may cause.

2. Walking

Walking is the simplest way to exercise and spend more time with your dog. It maintains not only good reflexes but also a good relationship between you and your four-legged pal. You can make it an everyday routine or give it a different clique. Take your pooch to mini-adventures like hiking, check out the park, or meet a friend in the neighborhood for a doggie date. This can be the easiest way to get rid of doggie fats.

3. Running

If jogging is essential in human exercise, running is vital in dog workout. Let your dog do a daily running activity, but start the routine slowly. Your buddy may take it seriously and injure himself. Start a walk, then a walking-running combination. The next day, try jogging a little then do the run.

4. Swimming

Swimmers are known to be one of the fittest athletes. Let your pal try it out and swim in for a healthy body. First, find a clean body of water and let the pooch try it. If he seems interested, lead him to the water and encourage him to get his feet wet. If not, don’t let him down. Give lots of praise and encouragement. As he learns to like the water, try throwing a floatable toy to encourage his doggie paddling.

5. Flyball

Flyball is a dog sport suitable for well-trained, energetic, and athletic dogs. It is a dog race wherein team of dogs race against one another from start to finish line. The dogs will go over a line of hurdles to a box releasing a tennis ball when a spring-loaded pad is pressed. The dogs then run back to their owners carrying the ball. Such fast-paced sport will train dogs to develop speed and burn their fats as well.

6. Surfing

After your dog’s swimming lessons, it is great to take advantage of his interest with water. Both of you can try surfing together. First, let the pooch try standing on a surfboard on dry land. Put him on water after he gets used to the situation. Your dog may be comfortable lying on the board at first, but with your encouragement he’ll learn to surf with you.

7. Skateboarding

Skateboarding is somehow similar to surfing. But skateboarding can be one of your pooch’s favorites. It can keep your dog busy in skating and forget about his eating business. Don’t leave your dog with nothing to do. Always keep them busy with activities to lessen hunger and food consumption.

8. Dog Boot Camp

Take your dog to a dog boot camp to undergo workouts and obedience training. In this way, the pooch gets a daily workout and learn disciplines in eating. You also have plenty of time to be with your buddy. You play, train, and fetch. There are also fit clubs for pets wherein you and your dogs can be the best workout buddies. You can check on the best Bow Wow Bootcamp at K9 Fit Club.

As an owner, it is your main responsibility to provide the needs of your pet. Don’t let your dog be a stout and lazy pooch. Choose the best way to give him even the simplest form of exercise and spend more time together to make him feel happy and healthy. Know everything about proper diet, right amount of food, and a suitable workout for your dog.

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