Friday, April 5, 2013

FitDog Friday- How to Get More out of Your Walks Together

Raise the Roof for FitDog Friday! A blog hop for sharing news, tips and personal experiences on the topic of pet obesity and fitness, and ways you get active with your dog, co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place and Slimdoggy.

We started this blog hop because we want to help spread the word about the positive ways people are working to solve the problems of pet obesity and stay fit and healthy with their dogs. We'll be here every Friday and we hope you'll join in!

Today I decided to blog about something most of us do with our dogs every day--take a walk.
Kelly and Brooks LOVE their walks, they dance by the front door when we say those magical words ("Wanna go for a walk?"), they try to grab their leashes off the hook, they spring out the door. But sometimes the walk gets a bit routine. Here are some ways to get more out of your walk together:

1. Take a different route-- If your walk is getting boring, try turning left instead of right. If you always go to the same park, try one across town. Meet a friend and walk in her neighborhood. Or even doing your same route backwards might give you a new outlook and put a spring in your step.

2. Carry weights-- Walking may give many dogs a good workout, but isn't always strenuous enough for us. Carry hand weights when you walk for an extra calorie burn.

3. Try intervals- You and your dog may not be up for a flat out run (yet), so try running for a short sprint, maybe one block or one minute, then walk for 5 minutes, then sprint again. If you and your dog are up for the challenge, you may find it breaks the boredom of the regular old walk and gets you both nice and fit.

4. Make it fun-- Whatever you do, be sure to make it fun for both of you--whatever that means for you and your dog!

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23 comments:

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  2. Hi Miss Peggy. This is a wonderful idea for a blog hop! Who doesn't need a little exercise?!?
    Have a great weekend.
    Oz

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  3. Ack! Due to another crazy week, I didn't get a post up. However, I think this idea is fantastic, so I included a link to it in my usual Friday post. I'll definitely be in for future hops!

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  4. Love this idea!! Will need to jump on future hops if we don't get one done today. We've done lots of great walks recently!
    Diane and Rocco

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  5. Love the intervals Peggy. Great way to get fit! And it is so smart to vary the walk routes to keep your dogs interested.

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  6. GREAT tips! Mom & I try to take different routes and walk in different places (like our local parks) to keep things interesting. We've tried intervals, but I find the sight of mom trying to run rather alarming.

    your pal,
    Garth

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  7. p.s. - GREAT idea for a blog hop! Thanks for hosting!

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  8. Great idea to start this hop. We love fit doggies at Pooch Smooches. (Okay, we love the fat ones too...)

    Great post. Good to mix up the walk if it starts to get boring. We have really been exploring our 'hood lately and it's been fun.

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  10. Thanks for the great post. Reminding us all that fun (human and canine) is key will keep us all fit and happy too!

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  11. Great idea for a hop! I'll try to join (catch?) up next week :)

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  12. We walked and played around with the relatives. Yeah for 'FDF'! Exercise is fun!

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  14. from @AnnP I agree about changing up the route - we walk with a pack of 5 dogs, and were doing the same route everyday - and then we changed it up and went a different route - and it was as if the dogs were transformed - everyone out front, noses to the ground (these are off leash hikes on horse trails) and you could see how happy and excited they all were - and how much more tired they were when we finished. We make sure to change up the route we walk now all the time ....

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  15. from @TwoFrenchBulldogs We have mom trained to walk very well
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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  16. from @Amy Great ideas! We have 5 routes that can be combined in different ways for walks of varying distance. Toby claims each street at least once for Tobydom and so believes he owns a 3 mile radius around our house ;)

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  17. from @Roxythetravelingdog Walking is our all time favorite thing.

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  18. from @goldenwoofs Woof! Woof! Exactly what we do. LOVE the intervals and its great way to get your heart rate up. Happy FitDog Friday and Golden Happy to join the hop. Lots of Golden woofs, Sugar

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  19. from @dogloverofmax Great post...Goose already got the guilt going (although luckily Max isn't overweight..but Ma here is)...time to do our thang'

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  20. from @Bethany Great suggestions for fitness fun. Thanks!

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  21. from @Goose Wonderful tips Peggy!! :-D Domeek especially likes the weight bearing one! Thanks for starting and co-hosting such a great bloghop! We look forward to reading everyone's posts!

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  22. from @BeaglesandBargains Great tips! I cannot wait for the spring weather to finally come so we can explore more walking/running routes!

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  23. from @SlimDoggy Great post Peggy! We love all the tips for helping us stay fit!

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Kelly and Ike say thank you for your comments!

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