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Getting fit with your dog in the UK - good ideas for everyone

How to get fit with your dog

Dogs - and their owners - are increasingly overweight. Rachel Dixon explains how to shed the pounds with your pooch

  • How to get fit with your dog
Dogs - and their owners - are increasingly overweight. Rachel Dixon explains how to shed the pounds with your pooch




What's it all about?

Get Fit With Fido is a Kennel Club campaign to encourage dog owners to exercise with their dogs. It's widely believed that pet owners are happier and healthier than the rest of the population, but the truth may be more complicated. Indeed, a recent Kennel Club survey found that more than a third of dog owners are overweight. Given that the same survey found that almost a quarter of dogs are also overweight, and a fifth don't get a daily walk, the solution seems obvious.
So it's just about going walkies?

Far from it, but walking is a good place to start. Every dog should have at least one walk a day, and their owners will benefit from a low-intensity cardiovascular workout too. Dog walking is also a sociable activity and a good way to meet people, so it may also benefit your mental health.
I'm bored of walking. What now?

Unless you live in beautiful surroundings, a daily (or twice daily) dog walk can get a little repetitive. But there are lots of other activities you can do with your dog: agility (show jumping for dogs); flyball (a doggy team sport); heelwork to music; obedience training; working trials (heptathlon for dogs). Find more details here.
Hmm. I'm not really that sort of dog owner. What else?

Once you've built up a basic level of fitness through walking, you can try running with your dog. CaniX, canine cross-country running, is a good place to start. You can alternate between walking and running at first, building up to a 2.5k race. When you get the hang of running with a regular collar and lead, you might want to invest in a special harness that attaches around your waist. Then you can train your dog to take the lead, while you focus on your speed and technique. You can enter events across a whole range of distances, from 10k to ultra-marathons. Find out more at cani-cross.co.uk.


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...-with-your-dog
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