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Here's a program to keep you and your dog fit

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Keeping active is incredibly important for dogs and people and provides both mental and physical benefits. Taking your dog for a walk is a great start to your fitness journey. This may even be enough for breeds with lower exercise requirements. There are many ways to keep your dog fit in your daily life and every dog will enjoy a variety of exercises.

Participating in the AKC FIT DOG program will bring health benefits to both you and your dog. Find out how you can get involved in AKC FIT DOG and how you can keep you and your pup fit.

Choose your exercises. It is important to know how much exercise and what kind is best for your dog based on age, breed and health status. Be sure to check with your veterinarian to ensure the exercises you choose are safe and appropriate for your dog’s age and physical condition.

Make a fitness plan. Making and sticking to a consistent exercise regime is important in maintaining appropriate canine exercise levels. This can help prevent injuries, lessen the impacts of age-related issues, and help them stay physically active for longer. Remember to be slow and thoughtful when planning a new fitness routine. Jumping in too quickly with exercise can lead to your dog being sore and uncomfortable and cause strains or injuries. Be sure to check with your veterinarian on how to appropriately increase your dog’s level of exercise in increments.


Outdoor exercises. Getting outside is a great way to jump-start your exercise journey. Some activities include hiking, swimming, fetch, joining skaters and taking your pup with you bike riding. Participating in dog sports is a great way to get your dog physically active. With so many to choose from you and your dog can try a variety of activities including AKC Lure Coursing, AKC Scent Work, AKC Agility, AKC Obedience, AKC Flyball, AKC Fetch, and AKC Rally.

Indoor exercises. Sometimes inclement weather can throw off your exercise routines if you can’t get outside. Indoor activities are just as effective for physical stimulation. Activities such as running up and down the stairs a few times is great for building muscle. Other activities including hide-and-seek, running on the treadmill and games of tug are great for getting the blood flowing. You can even make your own indoor agility course using materials found in your home.

Participate in AKC FIT DOG. Consider adding some fitness titles to your dog’s resume by getting involved with the AKC FIT DOG program. AKC FIT DOG offers structured and individualized fitness plans through FIT DOG titles. Walking is a safe way to increase the amount of exercise your dog gets while improving circulation and muscle strength. With FIT DOG magnet program, you will walk your dog at least 15 minutes per session, 10 times a week for three months or 30 minutes five times a week for three months, depending on the age and level you dog is at. Alternatively, you can consider signing up for a canine fitness class with an AKC FIT DOG instructor either online or in person. Designed to improve both you and your dog’s health, AKC FIT DOG is the perfect opportunity for you to work toward fitness goals while participating in fun activities such as swimming, hiking, and community runs.

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