Friday, January 24, 2014

K9Kamp Challenge-- Let's Play Doggie Hide and Seek!

The Big Day is Here! Time for 9Kamp, and our first Challenge:

Hey, here you are! We've been looking for you. We are soooo excited that you've joined us for the first day of Kamp! Keep reading to find out what it's all about, our first challenge and our great prize Rafflecopter!

Welcome to K9Kamp! Co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love. Before we begin, I'd like you to meet your Kamp Kounselors:

 Kelly--She may be a senior, but she can run and jump with the pups! She loves to swim and go for long walks on the beach. Her favorite activity is jumping on furniture! She's very good at keeping rambunctious kampers in line.

Ike-- This golden boy is full of energy, loves to run, and will follow you anywhere. He has a big appetite for Kamp food, but he knows how to burn off the calories. He's always ready for a game of ball. Any takers?

Jack-- His favorite saying might be "Pump it up!" Jack is a jock who loves to run with his weighted vest. This Slimdoggy is ready to show you how to get fit, too!

Maggie-- Another senior lady, Maggie may be a little more chill, but she can hold her own with the big boys! She'll take you on nature hikes, and she'll be your best friend, too.

Rocco-- The youngster of the group, Rocco is always looking for fun. He's in training to be an agility star, and has all the right moves!

Just what did you get yourself into, you ask? Well, K9Kamp is a blog hop fun and fitness challenge for pets and pet parents everywhere, held January and June of each year. Here at Kamp, we know that when fitness is fun, we're more likely to keep it up. That's why we've designed fun challenges for you to do at home, on your own time. Have I said "fun" enough?! You'll find the challenge today here, and at Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love.  Be sure to visit us all because we each have different ideas and suggestions for making this challenge work for you. We encourage you to tweak the challenge and make it your own.

You'll work on the challenge at your own pace for the next 3 weeks. Then, prepare your post sharing your experiences. If you don't have a blog, you can share on Facebook, or email me and I'll post your results. On February 21st  link up (linky opens at 12:01 am EST) and join our K9Kamp Kampfire blog hop. EVERYONE is invited. Even kats and other kritter folk! We have a big prize package giveaway too, that everyone can enter, regardless of whether you're able to participate in Kamp this time or not.

Best of all, you can adapt the challenge to suit your dog's fitness level, your time schedule, space allowances and health needs. Let's go!

This month's challenge is:

Doggie Hide and Seek

1. Select an item--your dog's favorite toy, a treat, etc. When your dog isn't looking, hide the item. If your dog is new at this, start off with the item under a pillow or behind a table close enough to find. If your dog is a pro, make it more challenging.

2. Now tell your dog "Find it!" Run along with your dog, encouraging him as you go.

3. Be sure to offer lots of praise when your dog finds the item.

4. Now, it's your turn! Be creative and think up new ways to play Doggie Hide and Seek.

Hide and Seek? We're in! What are we looking for?

Here's what we're going to do at our house. Ike loves his tennis ball, so I'm going to hide his tennis ball in increasingly difficult locations, and see how far he can go. I have no idea what to expect! With Kelly, I'm going to hide and see if she can find me! Maybe it'll end up with her getting bored and wandering off, and I'll be hiding under the bed un-found until dinner time. Might just get in a good nap that way!

What about you? Make up your own games of Hide and Seek. We can't wait to see what you come up with! Be sure to take pictures.

We hope you join the challenge. And link up on February 21st, share the fun you had with your dog, when we'll find out:

Who got the most creative with this challenge?
Who found the most objects?
Who played both inside and outside?
Who found the most original item?
Who found the biggest item?
Who found the smallest item?

Now what would K9Kamp be without a great giveaway? Everyone can enter for a chance to win this great K9Kamp prize package:

Petmate Interactive Treat Tower
Chuck-It fetch ball
Dogzilla Large rubber bone for strong chewers
Aikiou Interactive Dog Feeder
Medium Paw Plunger
1 bag SmartCookee all-natural treats (5 oz.--your choice of flavor)
The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
Slimdoggy t-shirt
Slimdoggy frisbee

rafflecopter   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kelly, Ike, Jack, Maggie, and Rocco have been practicing their playing and fine-tuning their fitness, for an exciting session of K9Kamp! Are you joining in the fun?

FitDog Friday is co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love

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  1. Love the Kounselor intros! We're going to have so much fun at Kamp this season! Can't wait for all the Kampers to start arriving today!

  2. Tenacious Little TerrierJanuary 24, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    We'll be joining in and looking forward to it!

  3. My mind is whirring with ideas... I have to remember all of our nose works training...I know the dogs haven't forgotten! This is going to be great fun.

  4. Sounds like so much fun. my first year so I'm in and excited to do the challenge. Thanks

  5. Hi Y'all!

    Oh hide and seek is one of my most favorite games! Let's get started!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    P.S. I didn't find the linky code either. Dollie the Doxie asked Slim Doggy and I don't see it here either? Is this part of the "hide and seek" game?

  6. Hi Y'all!

    Okay, I want my treat! I found the code over at "To Dog With Love"!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. Good hunting job Hawk! You are hereby awarded the Best Nose for Sniffing Out Hidden Linky Code Award!

  8. Get out the water and your sweatband. Have fun

  9. Like your take on the hide and seek game! We usually use carrots other veggies! :)

  10. Hi Peggy its nice to meet you! I am looking forward to playing hide and seek because our weather is so bad I am not getting to go on any walks! Thanks for helping keep us active! Love Dolly

  11. Wilson and I are looking forward to having some fun and getting into better shape

  12. My sisters and I are definitely in for K9 Kamp. We will be working on our nose work which is a form of hide and seek. :)

  13. Very fun! We'll try to play along!

  14. I wish my dog was a little bit worse on hide and seek! It doesn't matter how clever I think I am at hiding her toys or her treats, she finds then in 30 seconds or less! It is fun to see her try to get the toys out from under a blanket, though :)

  15. Love K9 Kamp! I love reading all the posts, but of course my favorites are always the agility related ones. Also, SlimDoggy usually has some great posts about core training and such that is very beneficial for agility as well.

  16. We love hide-and-seek! Not only do we have the "find it" version with treats, but we also play where I have the dogs sit and stay while I go hide.

  17. Hide & seek. Our favourite. Looking forward to it!! Happy FitDogging.....

  18. Oh you are clever. Never thought of sniffing around on the other hosts sites......Duh!!

  19. Ohhhhhh, this is one of our very favourite games! I can't wait to share how we play!

  20. new games to play with my girls, we now play ball, hide and seek, soccer, kickball, Frisbee, and just got a new toy the stick w/ lur on it w/ a squeaker

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