It’s National Dog Training Month!
I feel fat. I lost almost 7 pounds this past fall and I feel like I gained twice as much over the holidays I didn’t; but I did gain 5 pounds. I stepped up my work out and I cut back on junk food and I feel great. My goal this time is to get down to a certain number (won’t jinx myself by typing it here) and I know I’ll be there by spring.
30 for 30 Dog Walking Challenge
Rodrigo and Blue are fit as a fiddle. Sydney is still battling with her weight. She just isn’t active like the boys and I’ve decided to start taking her on separate walks. Starting Saturday 1/12/13, I’m going to start a dog walking challenge. Fellow pet blogger, Gizmo Geodog, told me about the 30 for 30 Dog Walking Challenge. We walk our dogs for 30 minutes for 30 days. Just enough time for it to become a habit.
Sydney has trimmed down, but she still has some weight to lose.
We have several
reasons excuses for not walking the dogs regularly…
- The days are shorter and it’s getting darker earlier
- Sydney injured her shoulder so we want her to take it easy
- We took them for a walk yesterday
- She’s lost some weight
Dogs Need More Exercise
It’s easy to allow Sydney to sleep the day away, lounging on the sofa next to me while I type away, but it’s not good for her. We both work so we’re not able to get her out several times a day (like on the weekends), but we’re going to do our best to make time for more exercise for our canine couch potato.
When I first saw the below graphic provided by The Dog Walking Company, I wanted to deny that Sydney fell into the 53%, but she does. She’s not obese, but she is overweight.
So we’ll be taking her for at least 1 walk of 30 minutes each day during the week and 2 walks on Saturday and Sunday. Rodrigo and Blue can handle 4 or more walks, but we’ll start Sydney off slowly and work our way up.
Now it’s your turn! How do you make the time to walk your dogs, especially during the shorter, winter days?