5 Way to Stay Fit With Your Dog in 2018
April 16, 2018
Let’s face it, swim suit and bikini season are right around the corner and we had too many cookies this winter. Our dad bods are showing through our sweaters and we’re having trouble sitting down without our pants button popping open. Did you know that one in three pets (33%) are overweight and there has been a 150% increase in the number of overweight dogs in America over the past 10 years? Now is the time to make a change for you and your pets! Follow the tips below for a happy, healthy, and fruitful 2018.
- Healthy Snacks – Put the apple pie and vanilla ice cream away, it’s time for healthy eating in the new year. Did you know that many human food items kept in the fridge are safe for dogs AND are low in calories? Carrots, celery, broccoli, string beans, and lettuce, to name a few, are great treats for dogs. Just be sure not to add any spices or seasonings. For a detailed, pet friendly, low calorie treat list send me a message.
- Take a Jog – Long walks, jogs through the park, or sprints on the beach are all great activities you can do with your dog. Playing tag with your dog or letting them chase you around the yard are high energy activities you can enjoy together. Remember, just as with humans, make sure you slowly increase your dog’s activity from low intensity to high intensity; they need time to get back in shape.
- Exercise Together – Aside from strictly cardio activities, you can work on your strength with your dog. Have your dog sit then stand (reward them with a low calorie treat – e-mail me for the list) while you perform a squat engaging the quadriceps, hamstrings, and buttocks. Another example is to have your dog lay down and then jump to give a high five. Combine this with a burpee for 3 sets of 10 and you two will be in shape in no time.
- Outdoor Adventure – In warmer weather, take your dog with you for an afternoon outdoor adventure. Try hiking a local state park, swimming in a dog friendly lake, or stand up paddle boarding at the beach. Some dogs can even learn how to surf!
- Give to Charity – There are many dog friendly 5ks. Research one in your area, train for the event, and take your dog along for a fun-filled morning.
As you can see, there are many ways to stay active with your dog. For more information or questions about exercising your dog, shoot me an e-mail at [email protected].
Dr. Pete Lands is the Director of Emergency and Critical Care at Saint Francis Veterinary Center. In his time off he enjoys traveling, jogging, and trying new restaurants in Philly. He can be followed on instagram @petevet, his website petespetfacts.com, and emailed at [email protected]