Today I wanted to talk about something very important: dog health. Ms. Peggy e-mailed me a while back saying today was FitDog Friday blog hop! I hoped my assistant would remember and she DID! Points for Mommy! Anyway, being fit is important. Ms. Peggy said "According to the 2012 National Pet Obesity Survey, more than 52% of our dogs are overweight or obese." That's a lot and I can't even count! The best way to stay fit is eating right and exercise. Exercise can be tough, but it's good for your human too. I've gathered some tips to help you exercise your human, and by extension, you!
Walking is always better with a cool bandana!1. Start early. I mean early in the day of course. My daddy is up first and usually feeds me. I nap a bit before waking up Mom. If she doesn't get up when I think she should, I scratch at the bed to help motivate her. Sometimes humans need motivation.
Sometimes it's fun to walk somewhere not in your neighborhood!
2. Speaking of motivation, make sure they feel guilty for not walking you. You might try sad puppy dog eyes or a heavy sigh. I'm expert at both. I, however, usually employ the "I-only-poop-on-walks" trick. When I first came to live with Mom and Dad, I had bad separation anxiety. I pooped in my crate every time the people left me alone. I also refused to poop in the yard, so walks it was. I still won't poop in the yard unless I feel like it, so Mom gets nervous to leave me if I don't walk her.
3. Now that your human is up and motivated, jump around and bark and act like a loon. This helps your human know you appreciate their efforts.
Sometimes you see brides getting pictures taken on walks.
4. Wait for the door to open and to be released. Then run like mad to the first tree!
5. Make sure you stop for frequent breaks. Exercise is tough at first, especially for humans, so stop at every tree, give it a thorough sniff and pee on it. This gives your human a chance to catch their breath. Don't listen when they try to tell you to hurry up. Remember, the longer you are out exercising, the better!
Be careful when walking in snow.
A coat can help in cold weather!
It's important to exercise, even if you're a pot-bellied pig.