Losing weight or getting in shape seems to be on just about every other
person’s to-do list for the new year—and if it’s on yours, you may already have
a great workout partner: your dog!
Just like humans, overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes,
osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries, and
cancer. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59%
of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight.
So now that you have the stats, here’s some tips to help you get fit
your pet’s food to make sure you’re not overfeeding
interval walking/jogging with your dog instead of just a simple walk.
You’ll both burn more calories and it makes the walk more interesting for
Play hide & seek
with your dog. Put him in a “sit/stay”, hide somewhere in the house, then
call your dog to you. Reward with small treats and praise when he finds
Spread meals out
throughout the day (but make sure the total amount fed for the day is the
Instead of a game of
fetch, play “catch me” with your dog, rewarding him with the ball when he