Blushing Beaut — August 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Get Your Fitness on with Fido

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Dog owners know that dogs are very expensive and, just like any other family member, it’s very important to make sure that they are healthy and well taken care of. It is definitely important if you want to extend the lifespan of your furry family member. Colleen Demling, who is the founder of Pawtopia Dog Training, gives a few tips on how to exercise with your dog to keep her/him (and you!) healthy and active.

The most important thing to do before starting any exercise is to have your dog checked out by your veterinarian. This is highly important, because your veterinarian will tell you what your dog is and is not able to do. Nutrition also plays a big part of being healthy. A lot of people feed their dog human food, which is a no-no, especially since a lot of things that we eat are bad for dogs. Avocados, milk, grapes, bones, and chocolate are foods that are dangerous and even toxic to dogs if given in huge quantities. Overfeeding is also not good; you should not be feeding a small dog the same amount of food that you would give to a bigger dog. If a dog is hungry instead of giving him/her more dog food or treats you can feed them some greens like lettuce and cucumbers to satisfy them.

Colleen Demling has over 9,000 hours and 12 years of hands-on dog training experience. Someone with that much experience is someone that already knows the ins and outs of having a healthy and happy dog. Below you can find suggestions from Colleen on what exercises are good for both owner and dog to get in shape.

Doggie Paddle With Your Pooch

swimming

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Not only is swimming fun and a great work out for both of you, but it’s great for dogs with arthritis, as well as dogs with short noses that are not efficient for breathing. Taking a dip in the cool water can help overcome heat exhaustion that’s caused by exertion.

Interval Walking and Jogging

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via PetBucket

Dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week, whereas people without dogs walk about 168 minutes. Take longer walks a day and if your dog is healthy enough, try adding a few sprints in between to boost their metabolism, as well yours.

Playing Fetch For Your Abs

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via WalkandTrain

Tone your tummy while your dog sprints for their favorite fetch toy. Sit on the floor and as you hold the toy in your hand come up for a crunch and pretend to throw. Alternate between throwing and faking it and you’ll get a good abdominal workout while your pup works its cardio.

Obstacle Course

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Creating an obstacle course is great agility and circuit training for both you and your companion. For yourself, set up specific stations like jump rope, hula-hoop, kettle bells, etc. For your dog, set up stations like hurdles, mazes, and sprints.

Puzzles

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It’s just as important to keep your pet’s mind as agile as its body. Train your dog to think by teaching them to hunt or play hide and seek with their favorite toys or treats.

These simple exercises, combined with a healthy diet can help your dog live a better and healthier life, while at the same time saving you money. To top it off you’ll be able to keep fit and trim, as well!

According to Colleen, your dog can cost you $20,000-$80,000 depending on its size. A lot of that money goes to health issues, so why not nip some of those health issues in the bud? This will not only save you money, but also create a better life in general for your furry family member.

If you are interested in receiving classes and private training and you live in the San Diego area you can visit www.pawtopia.com for more information. You can also follow them on twitter, their handle is @pawtopia.

Twisted Talk: Were you aware of some of the harmless foods to dogs? Which of these exercises do you already do with your dog?  Discuss below!


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