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September 16, 2013

10 Plus 1 Reasons a dog treadmill can be good for dogs

by Krista Wickens

Let’s face it running outside gives us and our dogs an element of freedom and stimulation that exercising inside just doesn’t accomplish. The smells, the sights, the fresh air have documented benefits to our body and mind. However, there are times and situations when it just isn’t possible to get outside. Then what?

First, let’s dispel the myth that dogs have the same phobia to treadmills that many people inherit. Like their humans, some dogs will enjoy it more than others. Largely enjoyment (or lack thereof) depends on the training and the experiences that are provided around the treadmill. For instance, if you are pushing your dog to get in his/her 20 minutes a day with your stop watch and whistle in hand, it probably won’t be fun.

On the other hand, if it as a new fun trick that gets rewarded with excitement (and an occasional healthy treat), the outcome is much different. Exercise works when it is fun – anything else is just work – and it starts with you.

Truthfully, and quite often, what we are doing outside with our dogs just isn’t enough to keep them healthy and fit. The evening stroll or sniff is great for the senses, not so much for the body. That is when a dog treadmill and other indoor exercise equipment can be a dog’s other best friend. Not a replacement for outside adventures, merely a supplement to fill in the voids.

ELIMINATES EXCUSES

Rain or snow can dampen any good running intention. Not necessarily your dog’s intention, but yours. Running inside on a dog treadmill means that you don’t have to have to cancel a workout because of bad weather. It also includes weather that is too hot. Since dogs don’t cool efficiently the tendency to overheat is much more common than for humans. A dog treadmill means that you can provide a temperature-controlled environment which translates to more regularity and fewer excuses.

EASIER ON THE BODY

Some treadmills designed specifically for dogs are equipped with shock absorption platforms that result in less stress on the joints, as compared with running on asphalt or concrete. This is especially helpful for dogs approaching their golden years. If sized correctly, a dog treadmill will also provide an adequate running platform that enables your dog to stride out in comfort vs. a human treadmill which may be too short. Choppy strides developed from avoiding the rear roller are not an enhancement to your dog’s biomechanics; make the investment in a running platform that fits your dog’s body.

CONTROLLED SPEED

Running outside means that your dog is tempted to stop and sniff often. While this is also important to your dog’s overall well-being, it doesn’t help to keep the heart rate elevated to promote overall conditioning and health. Dog’s that exercise with intensity burn more calories and produce more feel-good endorphins which packs a double fitness punch for weight management and behavior.

FULL BODY WORKOUT

One of the best conditioning exercises you can provide for your dog is the Extended Trot Gait for approximately 20 minutes. This weight-bearing exercise works both sides of the body evenly. It is very difficult to maintain this gait consistently outside because of terrain and distractions. Plus it helps you keep track of mileage and time.

GET THE ZOOMIES OUT

By changing speed and incline you can mimic outdoor conditions to keep the mind stimulated and the body adjusting to new parameters to improve strength and conditioning levels. Many cities enforce tight control on leash laws, which limits the areas your dog can run effectively. If you don’t have space to stride out, a dog treadmill can be a great alternative to stretch the muscles and work on endurance.

GAIT FORM

Dog movement involves every organ system in the body; up to 99% of the skeletal muscles and their bony structures. Just how well the organ and muscle systems are working together (or lack thereof) is often seen in your dog’s gait. A dog treadmill platform will give you an unobstructed view to watch your dog’s gait for any abnormalities.

SAFE RUNNING ENVIRONMENT

Most dogs run by instinctive reaction. As they age and eyesight and hearing decrease, it is more important to use a running surface or track that is designed to limit impact. It also means that you don’t have to deal with potential running hazards like cars and busy street traffic.

ANY TIME FITNESS

According the APPA National Pet Owners Survey 50% of dogs are left home alone during work hours. For most, this means their dog can be left alone for 6-10 hours at a time. This puts workout time in the wee morning hours or late at night…or maybe not at all. Running on a treadmill offers convenience and often a safer alternative for many dog owners. Plus it gives you the flexibility to work out before you leave in the morning and upon your return.

UNLEASH AGGRESSION

From a behavioral perspective, the same antidepressant-like effects associated with “runner’s high” found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones. But this is only achieved with a workout or run that is performed with intensity. For dogs that tend to be leash aggressive using a dog treadmill to work on leash behavior manners is ideal to prevent unplanned or embarrassing conflicts on the trail.

PROMOTES WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

According to Pet Obesity Prevention Association nearly 52.5% of dogs are overweight. Exercise is proven to increase the metabolism which translates to more calories burned. For dogs that are obese, a dog treadmill that is flat will help get your dog moving slowly without distractions and undue stress on the joints. The monitored environment also helps you to stop the workout if your dog is too fatigued.

ENRICHES YOUR BOND

One of the least discussed attributes of fitness on canines is its indisputable impact on the pet-human bond. As pack animals dogs need the social connection with their leader. The type of activities you do and the manner in which they are performed helps increase the bond. Leaving exercise to someone else only enhances their bond with your dog, not yours. Seek activities that you can do together regularly and routinely. Exercising beside your dog on the treadmill is easy to do. Pick up some weights, do some lunges and praise your dog and you both for a job well done.

About the Author: Krista Wickens is an athlete, lifestyle fitness advocate, author, speaker, inventor, and co-founder of PetZen Products, a manufacturing and design company dedicated to designing canine fitness products and programs. She is also the co-author and producer of the first Treading for Dogs DVD and 30-day Dog Treadmill Training Program. As a former fitness product manager, Krista created best-selling products and programs used by some of the biggest names in Human Fitness, including iconic brands like Reebok, Gold’s Gym and NordicTrack. Krista’s love and understanding of animals, particularly dogs, started on a Montana Cattle Ranch where she was raised. She trained her first dog, Bear, at the age of 7. Her unique understanding of the mechanics of fitness and canine experiences have led her on a mission dedicated to helping develop healthy and beneficial relationships for dogs and their humans.

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September 2, 2013

Summer is ending soon and it will be a very busy period in people’s lives. Parents will be busy preparing children’s snacks and kids will spend more time in school. Dogs are going to face their “back to school blues” alone. There will be less playtime, dog exercise and bonding time for pooches. It will be difficult for them, especially when they are so attached to their owners. Dogs are loyal pets that need much attention like children who seek affection from their parents. Abrupt changes in daily routines may result to great amount of stress for dogs.

dog-boy-readingSuch doggie dilemma may lead to different behavior problems. Dogs will not only be the ones that will be affected by these changes but also pet owners. Dog behavior problems such as soiling in the house, chewing, clawing furniture and excessive barking with other dogs are not only annoying to owners, but also dangerous to dogs that may suffer from serious health problems. Along with depression, a variety of health-related issues may be associated with those Back to School Blues. Dogs may lose appetite or overeat and depression may also weaken the dog’s immune system that may increase risks of heart disease, arthritis or even cancers.

Like people, dogs can cope to adjustments and life changes, but it must be taken slowly over a period of time. It is best to apply changes little by little in the dog’s daily activities. Slowly lessen the dog’s playtime or walking time without leaving it feeling left behind. When it comes to food, be careful in making changes with the dog’s diet. It is important to consult the Veterinarian before changing the dog’s feeding time. The end of summer signals the start of this pet dilemma, so to avoid such dog depression; here are some ways to help them cope easily with their “back to school blues”:

1. Provide a dog toy

Dog toys, such as Kong, will keep them occupied for hours and forget about being left alone. But leaving dog toys is not as simple as giving whatever may fit into the dog’s mouth. Be cautious in leaving dog toys to your pooch. Dog toys come in different chew types, formulations and sizes depending on the age, chewing style, breed and weight of the pet. For dogs in between sizes, larger size chew items are appropriate. If you have a strong chewer, it’s better to get a larger chew item to give challenge to your pal. Consider the largest and strongest chewer if you have more than one dog in your house.

2. Apply Aromatherapy

Like humans, dogs feel relaxed with the scent of flowers. Toxins are also big problems for pets. Aromatherapy is very helpful to keep them relaxed and suit their selves. This is a natural way to ease stress and solve behavioral problems. Certain essential oils can make them feel relaxed, focused and free of anxiety. Lavender essential oil is a powerful calming and soothing substance for rattled and stressed dogs.

3. Music

You know that your dog’s hearing is very sensitive, but did you know that you can create an environment of sound to improve the health and wellbeing of your canine companion? Companies, such as Through a Dog’s Ear, uses the latest science on how dogs hear and react to sound, providing a treasury of fresh insight on the inner auditory life of our best friends. Calming music uses sounds and music as a tool to help alleviate separation anxiety, excitement with visitors, thunderstorm panic, and other behavior challenges.

4. Let them feel school too

Let dogs feel they are also going to be busy like you in the end of summer. Enroll them in doggie daycare or other related activities. This will help your dog to meet new pooches and learn new skills. There are also boot camps that provide exercise for dogs and people. You can workout with your pal while aiming for your fitness goals. You can put this schedule during weekends or after kids have gone to school.

Dogs never forget their loyalty to you, so be loyal to them. There’s always a way to sort things out and balance your time between work and family. Dogs are members of our families, so take time for them too! Though summer is coming to its end, your time for your best friend shouldn’t end with the season. Make sure they are always active, happy and healthy.

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August 22, 2013

We all enjoy a great meal, savoring each bite and enjoying every morsel. What if we were to assume that our dog feels the same way? If we have a hard time controlling what we eat, what about them?

Fat is never healthy for us and never healthy for our dogs. Here are some great tips from Dr. Ernie Ward and the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention.

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What are some of the causes of pet obesity?

Treats are the biggest contributor to the current pet obesity epidemic. Today’s treats are pumped full of fat and sugar, making them highly desirable but extremely unhealthy. In fact, this added sugar and fat causes changes to a dog’s brain. It is not uncommon to see indoor dogs that consume over half of their required calories each day in the form of goodies. Combine high-calorie treats with an essentially inactive lifestyle and obesity develops.

Dog owners don’t often understand how many calories are in those tiny treats. For example, if you feed a 10-pound dog one Milk-Bone Gravy Bones for Small and Medium Size Dogs dog biscuit, it contains 45 calories. That doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that a dog that size probably only needs about 200 to 220 calories each day. That single biscuit equals 21% of the total calories that dog should eat in a day! If an average human were to eat an equivalent amount of calories, they would need to eat two Krispy Kreme Chocolate Iced Glazed Doughnuts. Imagine if you did that two or three times a day; you’d be obese in no time!

How does obesity affect a pet’s health? It’s life span? 

The major health risks associated with obesity in dogs and cats include arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory problems and many forms of cancer. In addition, weight-related disorders not only cause needless suffering, they also cost pet owners tens of millions of dollars each year.

What should a dog owner feed their dog to help it lose weight? 

Choosing a weight-loss diet isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are many considerations including the dog’s current health status, amount of weight that needs to be lost, taste and textural preferences and the owner’s interests and abilities. Consult your Veterinarian; they know your dog and the requirements for a healthy diet. 

 7. How can pet owners help keep their pets fit? 

The simplest way is to get moving, keep your dog fit is to walk daily for a total of 30 minutes. Walking not only benefits your dog but you’ll gain health improvements as well. Strive for a 15 to 18 minute per mile pace to get your dog into its fat-burning zone. 

8. Do you think pet owners know their dogs are overweight? 

People’s perception about excess weight must shift from simply viewing love handles as unattractive to recognizing that their flabby waist is a noose choking their health. A dog’s thick mid-section is a hormone bomb factory waiting to explode.

In this age of cost-cutting and health reform, we must take responsibility for our health and that of our pets. The simplest thing anyone can to do to avoid illness is eat a healthy diet and exercise daily. As a veterinarian interested in obesity, my job is to educate people about their pets. If they learn a little about their own health in the process, everyone wins.

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August 13, 2013

Not all pet owners can afford to send their dogs to boot camps or workout clubs for pets. But there’s no reason to just let dogs skip their daily exercise and pamper them with food and sleep, thinking that it can help them be healthy. It’s a big NO. Food and sleep are indeed necessary for every living thing, but remember too much is really bad. Don’t grow your pooch round like a big watermelon. It may look cute, but it can be very dangerous. If you can’t make it up to a workout club for your dog, it’s better to make your own dog exercise routine.

Beagle Chasing A Ball Dog ExerciseIf there’s no chance that you can come to workout clubs, your dog can actually do its daily exercises at home. Set dog fitness goals and help him reach them. Even without any training paraphernalia, your pooch stays fit and healthy as long as you help him get through natural exercises. Here are dog exercises you can do at home:

Walking

You may hear that walking 10,000 steps may help an individual lose weight and get rid of belly fat. Same with dogs, thought it wouldn’t be 10,000 steps, daily walking will keep them in good shape. Walking is the easiest way to exercise your dog. Keep him scheduled for 20-30 minutes, enough time to spend time together as well. You can stroll on streets, visit the park, or walk with other dogs in the neighborhood. In no time, your dog will be the one to take you for his scheduled walk.

Running

Running is the best natural exercise for your dog. Don’t let your dog run alone, run with your pooch. It will really be a healthy lifestyle for both of you. Take several rounds along the neighborhood or take your dog to the park. He can find a buddy to run and play around. But you should keep a list for your running activity. Bring the leash and plenty of water for your pal. Don’t let him dehydrate. Dog toys will also help. Let him run after soft balls or throw a saucer toy for him to catch. You won’t feel like you have spent all that hours playing with your pooch.

Swimming

If you maintain a swimming pool in your house, you can let your pooch swim and enjoy the therapy of water. It may be difficult at first because dogs may refuse to get into the water, but keep him secure and comfortable in your hands. Dogs need something to get their courage from, and that thing would be you. Always let your pal feel that he is safe and water is good for him. Just so you know, he’ll be a better swimmer than you.

Dogs get along easily with simple routines as long as you keep a regular schedule for them to instinctively remember. Your support and motivation are very important on this part. The dog will seek that satisfied happy emotion in your face as he finishes one exercise. First attempts may not be successful, but patience will help your pet get through the exercise. Same with people, dogs tend to cope with the environment and situation as much as possible. Do not force the dog because it’s not going to work, rather it will cause stress both to you and your buddy.

If time comes that you and your dog are ready to enter dog boot camps, it’ll be easier to cope with the number of trainings. Your pooch will not be something to worry about anymore because you’ve trained him ahead to follow certain routines. There are several dog boot camps where you can take your buddy. K9 Fit Club is not just good for your pooch but also perfect to take time for your fitness goals.

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August 8, 2013

You may wonder if your dog understands every word you try to say. Indeed, trained dogs instinctively understands commands like “sit”, “jump”, “roll” or “run”, but what about other important thoughts you want them to know? You may also be puzzled at times, when your dog tries to act like he wants to tell something. The thing is dogs can’t talk. They can’t even show appreciation or comfort you in bad times.

how to tell your dog you love themIt’s not only through wagging tails and big warm eyes that you can feel dogs can deeply understand your feelings towards them. It’s very much true to dogs that actions speak louder than words. The eyes and tail may signal their excitement but it’s merely their emotions sent to you that give you the feeling that your dog understands what you’re saying. If you want to be sure that your pooch knows how much you care, here are ways to show that you love them:

1. Take a walk together

Lovers like to walk together at the park. Dogs feel the same happiness to be walking with you too. Take that walk and spend time with your pooch. It may not take you much time to walk around. Your dog may like to run or play with other dogs also. Take that time to sit and show the dog that you’re being supportive to his interests.

2. Share your thoughts

Treat dogs like friends and not merely pets. They also love to hear stories and life experiences. It’s important to keep the conversation going to avoid them from getting bored. Share your thoughts. They may not respond to what you’re saying, but they are listening. A good conversation goes with a good speaker and a good listener.

3. Take time to sleep together

It will make the dog feel secure and comfortable to sleep beside you. It may not be as often as it can be, but make sure you spend time to sleep with your dog. Some dogs may feel they are outcasts or isolated if they are being restricted to go inside certain rooms. Don’t be so hard on reprimanding your pooch. Stay calm and avoid making them feel that they are not welcome inside your house.

4. Read to your dog

If you are a bookworm, you can read to your dog and share that wonderful story you’re reading. They may also love bedtime stories like kids. The fact that you spend time to read a story for them is a good way to tell them that you love them. Your dog just love to hear your voice and spend time with you.

5. Exercise together

Your dog will gladly appreciate to know you care about their health. It’s not easy to say, “I worry about your weight doggie,” because the dog will not understand such thought. Exercising with your dog or taking them to workout camps makes it easy to relay the message that you care about their health. Encourage your dog to meet fitness goals and show support in his workout. In return, your dog can be a good workout body for you. Be a model to your pooch. Maintain a healthy body to entice that doggie eagerness to be healthy too.

Don’t keep those feelings from your dogs. They have the right to feel loved too. Show them you care the way they have shown they love you. Communicate the way they relay messages through strong and sincere emotions. You and your dog must create a mutual connection with how both sides will understand. It may sound complicated, but with both of you caring for each other, it will be simple as talking to the same kind.

 

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July 24, 2013

Prior to each exercise there is a warm-up and a cool down.

Warm Up

  • Spend a few minutes getting you and your dog ready for the workout.
  • Power walk back and forth across the room for 1 minute.
  • Perform high knees across the room and butt kicks back. Repeat for 10 time.
  • Standing in place perform arm circles to warm up your shoulders while your dog stands next to you.

Let’s get started!

Rover’s Reverse Lunges with Paw

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  • Stand facing your dog. Your dog should be sitting.
  • Perform a reverse lunge, at the bottom of each lunge ask your dog for their paw or “shake”.
  • Release the dog’s paw as you return to standing.
  • Repeat on the other side and see if your dog will give you their other paw. Repeat for 20 reps.
  • *If your dog does not want to give you their paw 20 times, that’s ok, give them a pat on the head at the bottom of each lunge.

Sit and Stay Side Shuffles

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  • Perform a side shuffle back and forth across the room.
  • Have your dog move with you. They should be in front of you facing the direction you are moving.
  • Have them turn to face the other direction when you reach the end of the room while you stay in the same position.
  • Repeat 10 time both directions.

Paws Push Ups

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  • Ask your dog to sit or lie down next to you while you perform push ups.
  • Remember to keep your abs tight and head straight.
  • Try to do a push up on your toes first then modify on your knees when needed.
  • Do as many as you can to failure.
  • Doggy Push Ups: Ask your dog to do 5 doggy push ups. Simply have them move between a sit and a down 5 times.

Waggin’ Wall Sit

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  • Perform wall sit with your back against a wall and your legs bent to 90 degrees or slightly higher.
  • For beginners have your dog simply stand next to you during the wall sit.
  • For a more advanced option you can hold your dog if they are small or if you have a large dog ask them to put their paws on your lap.
  • The increased weight will be an extra challenge for you legs. Hold the wall sit for up to 1 minute.

High-Paw Knees

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Time to move!

  • Perform high knees back and forth across the room with your dog walking or jogging next to you.
  • Repeat for 1 minute

Puppy Planks

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  • Perform a plank on your toes or knees, make sure your elbows are aligned under your shoulders.
  • Be sure to pull your belly button in super tight and keep breathing with a normal breath.
  • Have your dog lie down next to you.
  • Warning, you may get some kisses during your plank!
  • Hold for up to 1 minute. 

 

Repeat Circuit 2 more times for a total of 3 rounds.

Spend a few minutes doing a full body stretch and give your dog a nice rub down from head to toe.

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July 22, 2013

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Don’t try to put your dog on a very dangerous situation that you will regret at the end. If you are one of the cruel owners who leave their dogs inside a car in the middle of summer heat, then you must realize that leaving them in there is like putting them inside a hot oven. Your dog is not strong enough to endure severe summer heat accumulated inside a car with windows barely cracked. Temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in just few minutes. Your dog will suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

Authorities have already advised pet owners not to leave their pets inside their car no matter how quick or long they will be gone. As much as possible, they are advised to leave pets at home instead. If you really must take your dog with you, make sure that you take extra precautions. There is no exact time and amount of heat that dogs can tolerate. Dogs are very vulnerable to heat. They have limited abilities to control their body temperature in a close area with high humidity. Leaving pets inside cars is not only dangerous but also illegal. You can be prosecuted for leaving pets under conditions that could endanger their health and well-being. Such crime imposes proper sanctions and penalties.

As an owner, you must also know what to do when your dog is exposed to high temperature.

  • Look for signs of heat stress

First, observe if your pet is showing symptoms of heat stress. Heavy panting, unsteadiness, glazed eyes, staggering gait, rapid pulse vomiting, and red or purple tongue are the symptoms of heat stress. Find your pet a comfortable and cool place to be relieved. If cooling is not enough to make the dog’s condition stable, immediately rush the animal to a veterinarian.

  • Move the animal to a cooler area

Lower the animal’s body temperature by applying cold water all over the face and body. Wet towels placed at the back of the animal’s neck, armpits, and groin area is very helpful. You can also wet the paws and ear flaps with cold water. For fast evaporative cooling, you may direct a fan on the wet areas.

Let the dog refresh by drinking cool water. Offer your dog a drink if he/she is alert and wants to drink. But do not force the animal to drink.

  • Take your dog immediately to a veterinarian

There are pet health concerns that only veterinarians can manage. If you know nothing about giving cure for such case, it is better to rush the animal to a pet clinic.

If you see a pet left in a car, exhibiting signs of heat stress, call the local animal care and police department. Take down the vehicles information including model, color, and tag number. If the dog’s life is at danger, find a witness who can back you up and remove the animal immediately out from the car. Do not leave the scene until authorities arrive.

Moreover, heat stress and heat stroke are not the only dangers when leaving your pets inside unattended cars. There have been reports of stolen dogs and cats each year. You can’t afford to realize that your pet is just gone or probably on process of being killed. Pets should really be at home, but if you really must take your pet with you, make sure they have necessary pet carrier and harness. You may also put two ID tags – one for home address and one for destination address. It’s not cool to leave your dog in a car under the summer heat. Be responsible in keeping your dog safe from heat stress.

 

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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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July 16, 2013

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Summer is a fun time to play, walk around the park, go hiking, and enjoy the breeze of the beach. But the heat could be dangerous not only to you but also to your dog. It would really be difficult for dogs to cope with the summer heat. They aren’t like you who can cool themselves. Dogs cool themselves through their pads by panting, but it is not enough to refresh themselves when it’s extremely humid and hot.

The hot temperature may cause overheating or heat stroke that could lead to difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Seizures, blood diarrhea and vomiting along with a very high temperature over 104 degrees may also occur. To pamper and make your pal feel comfortable, take note of these summer safety measures for your dog:

1. Visit the Vet

Take an early summer visit to your veterinarian. Your dog must have a summer checkup to ensure he/she will be able to cope with the hot weather. There are dog health concerns that need the veterinarian’s advise.

2. Give dogs extra water

Your dog can be dehydrated during the peak of summer. It is always important to make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink. Water helps to keep them cool and refreshed. Keep the water dish in a shady corner and change it frequently.

3. Keep dogs in a cool place

Your dog may love to play under the summer heat, but always make sure that your pet has a cool and comfortable place to rest. Imagine sleeping on a very humid room with no way to feel relaxed. Don’t let your dog experience such discomfort. Get an insulated dog house and make sure it is well-ventilated. Not all dogs are trained enough to turn on fans or use remote controls of air-conditioning. It’s your job to give them several ways to cool off.

4. Provide pools for cooling

A pool in your backyard will help cool your dogs, if he/she loves water. You can buy small tubs or kiddie pools from home stores. Your dog will enjoy to play and lounge in cool water. Just keep an eye on your dog like you’re guarding a toddler in a kiddie pool. This can be one of the healthy dog treats you can give your pooch.

5. Buy cooling dog beds

If you notice your dog preferring to lie on tile or concrete floors at times, then his/her bed might be too warm. You might need to consider buying a cooler dog bed for your pooch. Cooling dog beds offer the comfort and softness that your dog craves. It uses gel-like material or simply water to keep the bed feeling cool. These kind of beds are great for the hot season, but consider changing them when the cold weather comes.

6. Brush your dog regularly

Brush your pooch regularly. You can help your dog stay cool and avoid summer skin problems as well in keeping his/her fur clean and untangled. You might think that shaving off your dog’s fur down to the skin can help alleviate heat, this just puts your pet on high risk of summer skin problems. Keep at least one inch long fur to protect the skin from the sun.

Just like humans, dogs feel a bit under the weather when the summer heat strikes. But despite the hot temperature, many dogs love to play outdoors. It’s not a good idea to keep your pooch inside the house for the rest of the hot season. Just like you, they need to have fun. Always remember variety is the spice of life. Don’t be cruel to keep them away from running around the backyard and get along with other dogs in the neighborhood. Just keep an eye on your buddy to ensure their safety.

 

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July 9, 2013

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It could really be depressing to see your dog vomiting yellow fluid or white foamy liquid. You may feel puzzled to think about what food you fed your dog that caused such characteristic coloring. Different theories and queries will blow up your mind. You’ll end up thinking if there’s something the dog ate at your backyard that caused the problem or there could be something seriously wrong. Always remember, vomiting is not a disease but a symptom or sign that the dog’s body needs to eliminate certain waste. One way to treat such health problem is to identify what causes vomiting in dogs.

According to Dr. Kristy Conn, vomiting in dogs is a forceful discharge of stomach contents out from the mouth. It may be caused by virus, toxins, improper digestion, overeating, allergic reaction, diet change, food intolerance, ingestion of garbage, acid accumulation, or some serious organ malfunction. Vomiting in dogs is not as serious as other health problems as long as it is not accompanied by blood. Vomiting may be chronic or acute. Chronic vomiting lasts for a couple of days, while Acute vomiting can be managed by withholding water and food intake for 12-24 hours and considering a diet for two to three days.

It is important to seek guidance about good diets for your pet. Vomiting is often experienced by overweight dogs and those that are not fed properly. Both overeating and an empty stomach persist vomiting, which is why overweight and empty stomach dogs are prone to such health problem. Overweight dogs tend to eat more than they should. Sometimes, you tolerate your pet’s appetite that you tend to overfeed your dog. Overeating may cause improper digestion and pancreatitis which constitute vomiting. Dogs with no proper diet or eating habit also experience chronic vomiting. When the stomach is empty, acid often accumulate. Too much acid reacts on ingested food or water that causes the dog to vomit stomach contents.

For severe vomiting, it is best to bring your dog to a veterinarian for consultation and immediate treatment. Such case may result to dehydration, stomach inflammation or organ failure. You won’t like the feeling of seeing your dog suffering and not knowing what to do to make it feel better. Vomiting may be natural to a dog’s life, but it is always important to identify the cause to assure it’s not going to be a serious health issue.

You can treat dog vomiting in simple ways. Seeking guidance for proper diet and regular exercise can help your dog get rid of vomiting dilemmas. For overweight dogs, a strict diet and proper eating can be very effective. You can check fitness gyms for dogs like Canine Fitness Center, Rocky’s Retreat or K9 Fit Club for a healthy workout and training for your pet.

K9 Fit Club is a fitness gym that provide fitness classes and workout sessions for dogs. It has a new facility with two indoor workout rooms where both dog and owner can workout and have fun together. The club aims to develop healthy lifestyle for dogs and their owners. You will be able to maintain a workout schedule, which is not only beneficial for your dog but also for yourself. You and your dog will surely be good workout buddies! K9 Fit Club classes also focus on dog behaviors and obedience which may help your pet to develop discipline in eating. The club has trained employees who will help you and your dog say goodbye to stress and depression. They provide unique workout and training facilities for you and your dog. There are dog exercise pens and a mop ready for doggie accidents.

 

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