For those of you who are new to Kol’s Notes, you’re probably wondering just what K9 Kamp even is. (BTW – Hi! We’re so glad to meet you here!)
K9 Kamp is a fun, online canine fitness challenge encouraging you and your dog to get up off the couch, snack smarter and maintain a healthy body weight.
Did you know that 52.5% (or approximately 36.7 million) US Dogs Overweight or Obese – petobesityprevention.com
Um, what the woof?! That’s MORE THAN HALF. We have an pet obesity epidemic on our hands. As a member of the pet blogging community, I feel a real responsibility not only to ensure my pets maintain a healthy weight, but to try to reach other owners to show them what a healthy weight looks like. You would be so surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t) by how often I get told my dogs are too thin, when in reality? They’re exactly where they should be.
Are you unsure how your pet’s weight stacks up?
Body condition (or how your dog looks) is usually a better way to judge if your pet is fit than monitoring their weight.
For example, at 24 lbs, you’d think Koly was overweight. He’s just knee high to a pig’s eye! Where is all that weight coming from?! Well, he’s very muscled. My puggle has the physique of german shot putter. I know he’s fit though because he has a clearly defined waist, his belly tucks up nicely under his hips and I can feel his ribs, but they’re covered with just enough fat that he isn’t all knobbly and “ribby”. Not sure where your pet stacks up? Check out this handy guide:
Even if your pet is in great shape (golf clap for you!), K9 Kamp is a great way to build your relationship with your pet, improve training and discover fun new ways to get fit with Fido!
Who know, you just might discover a great new activity you love! We’ve got an amazing group of featured blogger this year, who will all be sharing their favourite fitness fun with us. We’ll introduce the whole group next week – until then, trust me: they’re awesome!
Plus, we have some GREAT prizes from our K9 Kamp sponsors, EzyDog, NiteIze and Only Natural Pet!
So, how do you join in?
You know you want to! Come back and visit us here at Kol’s Notes or check out my lovely co-host Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place next Friday, May 31. We’ll be sharing our K9 Kamp Challenge, as well as some fun ways to get involved with canine fitness beyond a daily walk.
If you’re a blogger, we invite you to join us next Friday and share a post with your readers about why you’re joining in K9 Kamp, why canine fitness is so important to you and how you like to get active with your dog.
Not a Blogger? We still want to hear from you. Come back next week and leave a comment on our Kol’s Notes K9 Kamp Challenge post telling us about your favourite fitness ideas and why you and your pets want to join in kamp!