Friday, May 16, 2014

FitDog Friday- Play Tag

Looking for a great exercise you can do together with your dog? Why not play tag?

K9Fit Club is an aweseome gym where you and your dog can exercise together. But you can also do these exercises in your own home with your dog. Fitness trainer Diana Ozimek and Zoe the German Shepherd will take us through this, step by step.
Step 1: Start by getting your dog’s attention.


Step 2: Walk forward, keeping your dog in the heel position, with your dog’s ear next to your leg.  If your dog wants to pull forward, say, “Heel!” and turn to the right, and continue walking in the new direction. 

Step 3: When you reach a designated spot (cone, tree, end of the room), have your dog turn and face you as you say "Come!" and jog backward to starting point. 

 Your dog should follow directly in front of you (facing each other) and shouldn't pass you. This helps your dog work on staying engaged and keeping eye contact with you. 

 Step 4: Once at the start point again, repeat.

*Remember, “Heel” is only used when you want your dog to move beside you in heel position, with your dog’s ear next to your leg.  Use "Come" in any other position, so your dog knows to follow you instead of standing next to you.

 This exercise, developed by K9Fit Club, is one of many illustrated in The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance. 
I'll be sharing excerpts from the book here with you on FitDog Friday.  Let's encourage each other to get active with our dogs!


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  1. None of us really do that heel command too well, but it is an interesting exercise. Bailie just started jogging yesterday, so that is our new thing around here.

  2. Hi Y'all!

    Oh what a neat way to change some of my obedience practice...make my Human jog backwards!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  3. I love to practice with mom. Sniff and wags from Laika and Vaks.

  4. Tag is a really fun game...Jack plays it all the time.

  5. Bailey and Katy have there own version of this game. Great exercise and great fun to watch.

  6. We do our own commands when we want. It's fun
    Lily & Edward

  7. That looks like a great little exercise. I'll have to try it with Petal sometime. Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. Love tag, great fun way to exercise. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! Happy FitDog Friday XS

  9. Looks like fun and good indoor exercise! Would be good training for me too, as I screw up all the time and tell Rita "come" when what I really mean to say is "heel." D'oh.


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