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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 9, 2013

the-newest-trend-in-healthDog Fitness and Dog and Person Fitness is on the rise and becoming the newest trend. It seems every day, another business or person unleashes a new class or decides to offer a person and pooch fitness class.

Since K9 Fit Club isn’t everywhere (just yet), and dog fitness programs and classes generally aren’t regulated (although we are working on it), it’s up to you to do your research and make sure the program you consider follows certain standards.

K9 Fit Club offers the following suggestions to consider before you and Fido sign up for just any program.

Training and Credentials – Trainers should have experience and training in the services they are offering. All K9 Fit Club trainers are Certified Personal Trainers and K9 Fit Club Certified. All dog trainers and dog wranglers are also certified in Positive Dog Training Certification and K9 Fit Club Certified. K9 Fit Club offers a list of their credentials and affiliations within each facility.

Veterinary Emergencies – “It is also important that the fitness facility have qualified staff that has some experience in veterinary care,” says Tricia Montgomery, Founder & President at K9 Fit Club. “Always ask what their staff qualifications are, and make sure they have a veterinarian who can attend to emergencies or situations that might arise.” Each K9 Fit Club has a veterinarian on consult, along with an affiliation with a veterinarian who can be called for after-hours emergencies if when needed.

Programs Offered: The program or facility should be able to tailor programs for not only a person’s needs but a dog’s age, breed, weight range and additional health-related issues. Make sure the exercises and programs are fundamentally sound. From Begging for Beginner to Bow Wow Bootcamp, K9 Fit Club offers a wide range of programs for both novice and advanced.

Equipment: Equipment used within classes and programs are equally as important to the classes themselves. Is the equipment used specific for dogs and people? Is the equipment safe for both? Since dogs are different from humans, is the equipment used specific for a dog’s needs. Just like humans, the ability to maintain endurance, balance and engage core muscles for strength is important. “Dogs need products that were designed for the way they move, think and learn,” adds Krista Wickens CEO of DogTread Canine Fitness Equipment, “to ensure proper movement and form is maintained during exercise.” K9 Fit Club has partnered with FitPaws/FitBall and DogTread to provide all participants, both two legs and four, with a great and safe workout!

Assessments, Evaluations & Healthy to Participate: Does the program offer an assessment and an evaluation for the newbies? Are there special classes designed for the new participants to learn the basic fitness moves and obedience commands? Does the program require a veterinary standard or Healthy to Participate form? K9 Fit Club offers both, a Healthy to Participate and Assessments/Evaluations prior to participation in any class. K9 Fit Club additionally offers a Begging for Beginner Workout and an Intro to K9 Fit Club class providing any participant a great, safe workout.

Ratio of Instructors and Dog/Owner per Class: Safety for dog, owner, participants and instructors is a big concern for any class involving both dogs and people. To ensure a safe, effective and most of all FUN workout for all participants, evaluate the number of instructors per class, per the number of dog and owner teams. Can the staff designate and handle an aggressive or fearful dog? Are there enough instructors in the class to properly monitor the number of participants within the class? At K9 Fit Club, our classes are limited to 8-10 participants per class, with a minimum of 2 instructors, CPT and Trainer/Wrangler, both certified in K9 Fit Club Certification.

 

Programs for Disability: Is the program you and your pooch considering for the buff of the buff or the six-pack crowd? Is there an entrance for the seniors of disabled? Are their programs tailored for anyone? Although K9 Fit Club is dedicated to health, fitness and wellness, most of all, we leave no one behind. Whether a Sit & Be Fit or Waggin’ Wheelchair, K9 Fit Club has a program designed for you.

Accidents & Procedures: Make sure the program offered is up to date on certifications. Additionally, make sure they have an emergency plan to deal with whatever may happen. No one wants to think about, or plan for the worst. However, when it does occur, having plans in place can make the difference in any life or death situations.

Facility – Cleanliness is next to Godliness!:) The facility should be clean, welcoming and designed with your both dog and person in mind. Evaluate how each dog and owner enters and is greeted. The area should be secure to prevent canine escapes, should a dog become off leash. The facility should maintain liability insurance. K9 Fit Club maintains veterinary approved AVMA, AAHA and OSHA standards for each club.

As with any aspect of your dog’s health, you should consult with your veterinarian before you and your dog engage in a new fitness routine.

K9 Fit Club is growing a Nationwide Community of Clubs dedicated to the Health, Fitness and Wellness of both dog and owner. Changing Lives One Dog at a Time™.

Tricia

Tricia Montgomery
Founder & President, K9 Fit Club

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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.

K9 Fit Club is the Nation’s First Indoor Fitness Facility dedicated to the health, fitness and wellness of dogs and their people.

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August 14, 2013

You know it’s good for you. You know that exercise can give you energy, help you maintain a healthy weight, keep your muscles and joints flexible, help you live longer, and above all, make you feel better.

IMG_5416If you and your dog are getting a little more “pooch”, you’re not getting enough exercise–but neither are they. Simply walking the dog more often than only once a day can add a significant calorie debt to your balance sheet. Better yet, fit dogs, like people, tend to have fewer reasons to go to the doctor, less chance of cancers, and less risk of joint ailments.

Not only can exercise extend your furry friends’ lives; it may also expend some of their nervous energy and make them a little less likely to chew on the living room drapes.

The thing is, nobody’s filled pets in on all of these benefits of exercise! Without someone to lead the way, they’re not going to run laps or do leg lifts in their spare time.

So as a wonderful pet parent, part of your job is ensuring all your family members get safe, enjoyable exercise on a regular basis–whether they’re children, dogs, cats or ferrets! All pets need some physical activity to live a happy, healthy life.

Different dogs need different amounts of exercise, so you’ll want to talk to your veterinarian before starting your pet’s workout program. With a proper assessment, you can embark on an exercise program that won’t seem like work at all–to your best friend, its play.

Getting in shape is a win-win for everyone, not just in terms of losing weight, but making a commitment to do exercise together

DOGS – THEY GET US MOVING!

IMG_5342You don’t want to hit the ground running with your pooch, though. Just as with any animal–or person–you’ll want a veterinary assessment before you start your dog’s fitness routine. With this assessment, you can discuss plans and ensure your dog has a clean bill of health.

Just remember, like people who aren’t used to exercise, dogs should start off slow. And as we say at K9 Fit Club, a little bit of something is better than a whole bunch of nothing!

 

Moderately paced walking and swimming are a good way to start—both people and pooch athletes build their cardiovascular and muscle strength without putting undue stress on their joints.

A 15-minute walk in the morning and evening, combined with an appropriate diet, can be meaningful. As you and your pet get stronger, you can graduate to longer walks on the weekend, hiking, biking, and even running.

Once he’s adapted to the exercise, you and your dog can run and walk to your heart’s content, if you take a few precautions.

  • Keep a close eye on your dog: watch for any unusual signs of fatigue or trouble breathing.
  • If your pup wants to stop, let him.
  • Dogs that overdo it can suffer strained tendons or ligaments or other orthopedic problems.
  • Don’t expect your fuzzy buddy to be a weekend warrior, even if you only get exercise on the weekends yourself.
  • After a long week without exercise, your dog may be ready to get out and burn off energy. But because of their enthusiasm, many of the popular breeds, such as Labrador and golden retrievers, will overdo it.
  • Safety first—leashes are a plus or a must when you run.

Even the best-trained dogs can run into the path of a car or a territorial animal. And if you have to run when it’s dark out, put reflectors on your dog’s collar as well as on your clothes. Concrete and asphalt are tough on the paws, especially on hot days. Try to run on dirt paths or grass as much as possible. Gravel, cinders, and road salt can also irritate paws.

Take it easy in extreme weather. If it’s freezing cold or hot and steamy out, either keep your run short or play a little indoor fetch instead. The more active your dog is, the more water he’ll need. Make sure he has plenty of fresh water before and after your run. If you’re going for a long run, take some water along for him.

IMG_5367If your dog is getting bored with running or walking, take heart: there are other ways to get him the exercise he needs. A 15-minute game of fetch makes for a good workout. Supervised play with other dogs is a good option too. Tug-of-war is not a good game because it can damage his teeth and may increase aggressive behavior.

If you have the time and your dog has the inclination, you could even try running him through some agility obstacle courses, which incorporate a range of activities.

 

Or, by all means, if there is one in your area, you can visit K9 Fit Club!

 

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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.

You can follow us at Twitter @K9FitClub1 and join us this #fitdogfriday for more dog fitness tips!

 

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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 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 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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July 9, 2013

2-dogs-runningPlay Tag!

Step 1:
Start by getting your dog’s attention.

Step 2:
Walk forward, keeping your dog in the heel position, with your dog’s ear next to your leg. If your dog wants to pull forward, say, “Heel!” and turn to the right, and continue walking in the new direction.

Step 3:
When you reach a designated spot (cone, tree, end of the room), have your dog turn and face you as you say “Come!” and jog backward to starting point. Your dog should follow directly in front of you (facing each other) and shouldn’t pass you. This helps your dog work on staying engaged and keeping eye contact with you.

Step 4:
Once at the start point again, repeat.

*Remember, “Heel” is only used when you want your dog to move beside you in heel position, with your dog’s ear next to your leg. Use “Come” in any other position, so your dog knows to follow you instead of standing next to you.

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February 18, 2013

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As we all know, dogs make wonderful companions and are usually content to do whatever we do, from taking a ride in the car to lounging around on the sofa on a lazy Sunday afternoon. However, having a dog by your side gives you a great excuse to getting a new leash on life!

Whether that means taking a brisk walk or taking a K9 Fit Club class, you and your dog can both benefit.

Besides getting in better cardiovascular and physical shape, attending a K9 Fit Club class can also help in many other ways including:

  • Boost your mood
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Strengthen your bond with your pet who we might add is the best friend and best workout partner you will ever have!

Getting fit with your dog isn’t just good for you; it’s also good for your dog. Exercising keeps his heart, lungs, joints, and digestive and circulatory systems healthy, and it helps him control weight and expend energy. Regular exercise will also keep your dog’s not-so-fun misbehaving under control.

Plus, what could be better than spending quality time (attending a K9 Fit Club Class!) with your best friend?
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