I am a 6 yr old 38 lb GBGV and my sister Katie is a 10 ½ yr old 75 lb Kuvasz and our vet has declared us fit as fiddles, with healthy hearts and ideal weights. Today I am joining the Show Off Your Dog’s Waistline Blog Hop. Fit dogs make for healthy and happier dogs!
Mom is an outdoors lover and a fitness freak. One of the main reasons she got her first dog was that she wanted someone to run and walk with. Mom does run by herself but she never walks by herself and trying to always find people to go walking when she wants to and where she wants too is difficult. Thus, we say that we are each other’s fitness buddies!
I am sure getting started is the hardest part but mom has been waking up and running or walking for over half her life so it is just as much a part of her day as getting out of bed. As puppies we were included on the walks with mom as soon as we arrived. When we were little she would carry us off and on when the walks were longer but we learned to be outside on walks, which was the main thing. We also have a house rule “The yard is not a bathroom”. No landmines in our yard! Even during potty training mom took us to a “poddy spot” off our yard to do our stuff. Normally we walk 1 ½ to 2 hrs a day, with our long walk
(at least an hour) first thing in the morning. If you are trying to get into walking this is a great way to start the day! Get your blood flowing, your mind thinking and be done with your walk for the day – no room for excuses like I have to work late or I am too tired after work or something more fun came up. Make it a morning habit to stay on track.
Mom likes variety so we never walk the same route on our morning walks more than once a week. At least once a week mom drives us somewhere for one of our other later in the day walks so we have even more variety. Variety keeps us all more interested.
Being a runner, mom used to run a lot with Katie. Katie actually helped mom train for her first marathon, running up to 15 miles with her, but now that she is older she has retired from running. Mom credits having Katie as a training partner for her 3:37 time in the Hamburg, Germany Marathon 7 years ago! Occasionally, I run with mom but I can only go about 4-5 miles with my short legs so she usually does her run first and then walks with us afterwards for a nice cool down. 2 years ago when she trained for the Twin Cities Marathon she trained alone and said it was much harder than with a dog but knowing we were home waiting for her to walk us motivated her to keep running and get back home faster.
We also walk 365 days a year, weather does not matter. Mom has clothes for any weather, rain, snow, ice, hot or cold. The only change in our routine is when it is more than about -10 Fahrenheit, then we only walk about 20 minutes because it is just dangerously cold.
People that don’t know us very well think we dogs are old because we are so mellow, but we are just happy, balanced and worn out! With all our exercise and playing in the yard, we are content to just sleep a lot when we are in the house. We also go to dog parks but usually just the larger ones where we can walk. We meet other dogs and play for a few minutes but we aren’t into the really wild play.
Using us dogs for fitness buddies is the best idea ever because the humans and dogs stay fit and healthy. One other benefit – if mom feels like we have gained some weight or she feels heavier, we just exercise more rather than dieting and get our figures back in no time! Mom also follows one rule – no ear buds and music or phoning while walking because it is a time to focus on the three of us and our surroundings. We take the phone for emergencies or a fun blog photo, but it is not for chit chat on walks.
Stay fit with your dog…start walking tomorrow morning and making a habit out of it!