I hope that you all have had a wonderful week! So, today is the very first FitDog Friday Blog hop (woohoo)! "What's that" you might ask?!
My friends over at Peggy's Pet Place and SlimDoggy have come together to bring awareness to the health and happiness of all my canine friends! Did you realize that more than 52% of dogs are overweight or obese, according to the 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey?! That's an insane number, isn't it?! Well, just like humans, that number can definitely change...and who knows, perhaps a simple blog hop might tip the scale (to the left, not right...hehehe)!! ;-)
Here are a few fun facts:
- Wild dogs spend 80% of their day hunting and scavenging!
- Domestic dogs have been "working" alongside humans for thousands of years!
- Stray dogs and cats can travel between 20 and 30 miles, in a single day!
- Destruction, hyperactivity, and unloved behaviors can be attributed to boredom and lack of exercise!
Wowee, honestly, I can't believe that our cousins are so physically active and, I'm guessing, fit! :-D BUT, if you are like me and prefer to spend most of your day curled up on the couch then running on a treadmill, have no fear! To be a perfectly fit and happy pup, you don't need to spend practically all day exercising...depending on your size and breed, most dogs need between 30 minutes and 2 hours worth of physical activity each day! Phew! Just remember, that's every day...not, when it's convenient or when there isn't anything good on TV or when the weather is nice! ;-)
So, what kind of exercise should you be doing? Well, it really depends on who you are, as a pup! :-D Hehe, could I answer a little more ambiguously?!
Here are a few suggestions and activities that I prefer to do:
Walk - Urban or Country
Visit the Dog Park
Play Ball - Fetch
Take Obedience, aka Mentally Exhausting Classes
Compete/Participate in Dog Sports & Agility
I love to be out and about and exercise, so these are just a few of the types of activities that I participate in! What about you guys? ;-)
I'm a big fan of doing what you enjoy...so, if that means that you love to play hide & go seek, well then, go for it! Are you a nose dog? Make a game out of finding different objects or treats (like my buddies Reilly and Denny) in boxes! How about a great stick game, like my buddy Goose?! Or maybe you love running with your Mom and Dad...take a look at Murphy and Stanley!
If you love what you are doing, then it won't feel like a chore or like exercise! ;-D
Thanks for hopping along the FitDog Friday trail guys...and if you want to participate (nutrition, exercise, anything health related), make sure that you check out Peggy and SlimDoggy!!
Have a great day everyone and make sure that you get a little fresh air and exercise!!