How to Keep Your Dog Fit!

My everything! Puggy!

Dog Fitness? It’s an ongoing issue for a lot of people especially if you have more of a house based dog or live in an apartment.

In this short article I’m going to give you a few tips on keeping your dog fit. First off let me introduce you to puggy! Why the name puggy? As he is a pug and he’s the puggest look pug to walk the earth! I love the little guy to death! That’s my little guy to the left.

So lets jump right into it shall we. Here are my top five tips on keep your house dog fit.

  1. A schedule
    It’s quite simple really. Have you notices that successful people generally have personal assistants and a schedule? Well to keep yourself on track you can combine your own fitness with a schedule and take you do with you.

    Live in a concrete jungle? Go for a morning run with your dog before you head to work. Is it training out side? Get active with your dog doing laps around your apartment or house. It’s not that hard to stick to getting some fitness in the same time everyday that involved your dog.

  2. Feed the same amount of food daily
    Have you noticed that when it’s a free for all you gain weight? Well the same goes for you dog if you always give in and give them extra treats and snacks.

    It’s best to to know what you are going to feed your dog and when. This way you won’t over feed. Also following on from point number one you can have a schedule with your dog treats. Say every Tuesday and Friday you pooch gets a treat.

    Another option is to buy an automatic dog feeder. This way you just fill the feeder to the top and the timer releases the right amount of food every few hours.

  3. Dog Parks!
    Dog parks are a great idea! Not only will you get to be social with other dog owners your dog is going to absolutely love it. They will get to play with the other dogs. For a dog this is not just exercise but it’s also mentally good for them to be around other dogs and be in their natural state.

    It also reduces stress for the dog and gives you dog meaningful interaction. Sun, rain or shine the do park is always a great way to go about keeping your dog fit.

  4. Dog Treadmills.
    If you are really not able to get your dog out to play then a great alternative is to invest in a dog treadmill. Cheap ones start at the few hundred dollar range and go all the way up to the expensive boutique version that’s can cost $2,000.

    The great part about dog treadmills is that the are very easy to store. Most actually fold up and can be stored in the cupboard or under the bed. Then when you need to pull them out they snap back together and at a moments nice you have you dog on the treadmill getting his fitness in for the day.

    A dog treadmill is great of most dog owners. As lets face it, life gets in the way. What about winter and not going out side as it’s to cold or stormy? This way you don’t have to worry about not keeping your dog fit.

    You can read more about dog treadmills at the official resource on the topic over at DogTreadmills.org.

  5. Dog Toys
    There are a variety of dog toys that can keep you pooch entertained.

    A dog that has a few toys can easily get rid of a lot of energy just by playing with a toy. You might want to buy a few as it’s quite easy for a dog to chew through a toy if they play with it enough.

    If you want to get involved the play tug of war with your dog. But make sure you let him win now and again so he fells like he has the upper hand! If you have a garden the the age old classic, fetch, is perfect to mix in between a game of tug of war!

So there you have it. Now you have no excuse to not keep your dog fit and healthy. And to finish this off and add to this make sure you only feed your dog healthy and pet approved dog food.

The Fast Track to Weight Loss with Puppy Play Time!

Assuming you have no mobility issues the best way you could possibly think about dropping the pounds is by getting active with your dog.

Stop and think about it for just a moment. What does your beloved pooch love to do all day long? Nothing but have fun and play right? So why not combo the two together?

You do can get out and play while you start your new fitness routine also.

Start by walking. You’ll drop a few pounds very, very fast! The best way to start

is by going on walks two or three times a week. Don’t worry if you are unfit. It’s just a slow paces walk while your dog trots along beside you. It can really be this simple to drop the pounds. You always hear the stories of people dropping a lot of weight by walking so now it’s your turn to do the same and you are killing two birds with one stone doing this by as your dog will get exercise also.

If you don’t do this then what is your option? Well I suppose one option is to go to the gym but then how do you have time to get your dog the exercise it needs.

One option would be to hire a dog walker. For example you could get a company like dog walkers in Bristol to take on the job. This is just an example but from their site it costs £20 for a walk. If you add that up and get your dog walked three times per week it’s £60. Or £240 a month. That is quite a lot. But it depends on your schedule.

The best option is to just go and have fun yourself with your dog. It;s part of the family and you love the little guy right. Go play catch with him at least! This way you keep your dog fit and you start to get fit.

This way as you get fitter you can move into going for jogs with your pup. Your dog will love it once you start to jog along side him and then you can eventually move into actually running. And if you are felling ambitious you can move those runs into runs through the forest or woods that you might live next to as your dog will love the new area he will be exploring.

So to recap:

  1. Start with short walks and take your dog. Your dog will love it and you’ll start to get fit.
  2. As time goes by move into jogging with your dog.
  3. Once your drop the pounds and get fitting take you dog for a run and even explore new areas.
  4. If you don’t have time and you opt for the gym instead then hiring a dog walkers is a great idea.

You can also watch this quick video that has some tips about running with your dog.