Holy Woof you guys, I can not believe it’s finally here!
For two years, Peggy and I have been telling you how to get fit with your dog.We’ve told you what to do and when to do it. (What a bunch of bossy control freaks!) In Year One, we focused on the basics with a walking challenge, a fetch challenge, a tug of war challenge, jumping challenge and a fun game of “catch me if you can”. Year Two, we stepped up our game with more walking, a bunch of ball games and ways you can get fit a minute at a time. We’re done telling you what to do.
This time around, kamp is all about YOU.We realized something this year: Canine Fitness is NOT a special occasion. It’s not a challenge to be sweated out once a year because you’re hoping to win some great prizes (I mean, we have that too, but it’s not what canine fitness is all about – or so I’m told.) Fitness is a year round, day in & day out affair. We’re going to be throwing kamp several times this year – and talking about it in between. We can give you all the challenges we want, but the truth is that the activities that are going to keep you and your dog fit are going to be the ones you love to do. So this time around, your challenge is this:
Spend 30 minutes extra getting fit with your dog,
3 or 4 times a week.
(*Suggested time only – use yur judgement and consult your veterinarian if you’re unsure. Senior dogs, dogs who are very out of shape or younger dogs who are still developing may not need this much time. Some dogs may need more.)
Do something you love or try something new and exciting and then come back and tell us about it.
Tell us why it helps keep you fit and what you find so fun about it. Share your fitness passions with everyone.
As always, we’re here to help guide you through Kamp.We got all sorts of great ideas for how you can get in your fitness fun. If you don’t have a “got to” activity, here are some fun ideas. Our theme for kamp this time is “Summer Fun” – go outside and play!
- Check out one of our previous challenges. I’ve provided links to them all above. They were a lot of fun and to this day, Koly and I still love a rousing game of “Catch Me If You Can” and love to play keep away with an exercise ball.
- Enroll in a local dog sports class, like agility, flyball or treiiball
- Go outside! There are tons of great paths and hiking trails. Get out there!
- Run with your dog (but first ask yourself “Is my dog well suited for running?)
- Climb stairs – hit up a local high school or the like and spend some time walking up and down the stairs.
- Go swimmimg (unless your dog is a gremlin like Kol, then don’t get it wet – or feed it after midnight.)