Dogs and Diets: Get in Shape Together!

by Mary Haight on February 9, 2012

Dogs and dietsDogs who carry excess weight are subject to many (not all) of the same diseases we are – why not nip those quality of life stealing issues in the ankle and get in shape together? Don’t we often do things for our dogs we would not for ourselves?

Let’s face it,  those of us in the North can get a bit lazy in winter because in many places the weather is not conducive to a nice long walk.  Not all dogs are enamored of single digit degrees and biting winds. When Tashi doesn’t stop to sniff the metal sign post, I take the hint. Blowing sharply cold winds can deter even the most determined dog and their person! But we must do something to step up activity, even if it’s indoors, because if your dog is overweight it’s up to you to fix it – wisely.  Preparing slowly indoors as the snow melts outdoors will see you both ready to hit the pavement…once you can see it again:)

Peggy Frezon has a new book out, Dieting with My Dog, that takes you through her weight loss journey with her dog Kelly.  Her dog lost 6 lbs, has more energy, excellent blood work results, and is enjoying a healthy dog life! Dr Lorie Huston interviewed Peggy Frezon for Animal Cafe asking the question “can dieting with your dog help you lost weight?

Since I mentioned indoor games with your dog, want to share?  What kind of games do you play with your dog when the weather is uncooperative? I’ve heard some people set up play dates with friends dogs.

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8 comments
Rich Brown
Rich Brown

Great post! I find it so selfish that some people let their dogs get overweight to the point where they struggle to do any exercise, just because they can be bothered to walk them. I know my dogs have never minded going out in the rain, wind and snow, as long as they get their walk!

Elle
Elle

I think dieting together has been the best way to keep myself on track. Great post!

Candace
Candace

Healthy dogs not only get better vet check up reports, but they also tend to have less skin irritations and fewer behavioral problems. One of the best ways to get a healthy dog is to exercise, and everyone knows that exercising is more fun with a friend! Thanks for taking the time to mention such an important issue!

Pamela
Pamela

We never miss a walk. Honey's coat keeps her warm in any weather and the stimulation from all the smells is a big part of her day. Even so, we play tug and nosework inside. And playing fetch at the stairs is a great way to get a workout.

heyitsjethere
heyitsjethere

Great suggestion, I always appreciate having to get out a few times a day for a walk with Jet and JJ. I know when I had to get my TB test annually for pet therapy in the children's hospital, I deeply appreciated the staff allowing my precious golden, Koko, to accompany me.

RumpyDog!
RumpyDog!

Oh Dog! And they have a great blog too!

kolchakpuggle
kolchakpuggle

Kolchak and I love to play tug of war, which is a great all over work out for him and a good upper body workout for me! If I want to really push my limits I will try to lunge or squat while we tug. By far though, our favourite game is something we call "Fetch It Yourself" I throw the ball with the chuck it and then I try to race him to the ball. We're both exhausted after a game! Peggy & I are actually hosted a whole K9 Kamp fitness challenge last year and we're going to do it again in May. We'd love for you to join in.

Peggy Frezon
Peggy Frezon

Thanks for mentioning the book! I throw a tennis ball up the stairs and Kelly runs up to get it and back down to bring the ball back to me. Admittedly, it's not a lot of exercise for me, but it's good for her!

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