Exercise

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 5

Today is the fifth and final installment (we think) of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness. You can read the first four installments: part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Dogs need a strong core to be athletic and reduce injury risk I have covered this topic many times in the past but it deserves the emphasis. In so many ways, a dog’s body is similar to a ... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 4

Today is the fourth part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness. You can read the first three installments part 1, part 2, and part 3. Injured dogs require rehab and retraining Because of their seemingly boundless enthusiasm, and their inability to speak, dogs appear to be up to virtually any physical challenge they encounter. This is especially true when it c... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 3

Today is the third part of a five-part series on things people don’t know about canine fitness. You can read the first two installments here: part 1 and here: part 2. Senior dogs need exercise Just because a dog reaches their senior years, doesn’t mean that they should stop exercising. Much like with humans, older dogs can still benefit, if not thrive, with regular exercise. In fact, I... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 2

Last week, I started our series on things that people don’t know about canine fitness. This multipart series is meant to uncover some interesting tidbits of information that most people are not aware of when it comes to keeping their dog fit. Without further ado, here are two more things that most people don’t know about canine fitness. Dogs need progression to get more fit A dog’... »

Things People Don’t Know About Canine Fitness Part 1

I recently started a series on the top things that people don’t know about dog food (part 1 and part 2 are here). Which made me think that a similar type of format would also work for canine fitness. After all, as readers of this blog will know, exercising with a dog can be so much more than just going for a walk, and the way a dog’s body will react and adapt to exercise is fascinating... »

The Best Time to Work Out with your Dog

Exercising your dog consistently is one of the keys (along with diet) to keeping them fit and healthy. Heck, consistent exercise and proper diet is the key to your own health and fitness as well. One of the behaviors that I have noticed over the years when it comes to fitness is a “start then stop” mentality. The “start then stop” exerciser will begin a fitness program with great zeal but the enth... »

Calculating a Dog’s Body Mass Index?

The body mass index, or BMI for short, is a quick way to ascertain whether a person is overweight, underweight, or just right. For humans, the BMI is calculated by the formula: BMI = weightlbs / (heightinches )2 * 703 The resulting value is used to classify the person’s body condition. A score of 16-18.5 is considered underweight, 18.5-25 is considered to be ideal, and greater than 25 is con... »

Is Your Dog a Weekend Warrior?

The expression “weekend warrior” is a term used for people who do little physical activity during the work week and then go out on the occasional weekend and attempt to play sports (e.g. like basketball or tennis) intensely or exercise strenuously. Often the result of such a strategy is a very sore body or worse, injury. The reason that weekend warriors are often sore or injured is because their b... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get: Part 2

Last week, I wrote about the reasons why a puppy should be exercised differently from an adult dog. Due to the fact that their bone growth plates have not fully formed (closed), a puppy’s body cannot safely withstand long duration or high intensity exercise. Thus, a puppy who is over exercised can be at risk of injury, both acute and chronic. What Types of Exercises are Safe for a Puppy In s... »

How Much Exercise Should a Puppy Get? (Part 1)

We had a reader recently ask about how much exercise a puppy should get. This is a great question and certainly worthy of a post or two. Speaking from experience, I wish that I had this knowledge many years ago when raising our Chocolate Labrador, Sally. Sally was an energetic lab (aren’t they all?) and I mistakenly took her running with me starting from about age 4-5 months old. We ran a lo... »

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