Walking to keep fit
The easiest exercise for me is to walk the dog several times per day. Kilo, my foster Pug, loves a good walk except if it’s raining or snowing, but he can be a bit reactive towards other dogs and is terrified of the park.
Last weekend I had a great breakthrough with Kilo. The weather was dry and not too cold. We went on our third walk with my friend and her Border Terrier Stanley.
We met at the park on neutral territory. I had Kilo on his leash. We kept our distance at first and walked parallel, gradually getting closer and closer. Kilo did not show any aggression to Stanley or my friend. He even threw in a play bow for the first time and did a bit of butt sniffing.
We walked comfortably for almost an hour around the neighbourhood. Kilo was still not happy about other dogs in the park and seemed very grateful when Stanley shooed away an over enthusiastic lab who wanted to play.
I am so excited that he is making progress on his socialization and keeping fit. We’ll be going again this weekend.
Dog Training Sessions – Teach your Dog to Spin
Kilo also needs at least 5-10 minutes of sprinting games and training sessions every 2 hours in the house to burn off mental and physical energy ( he also loves agility).
We have been doing some really fun group training sessions online with talented trainers Sara Carson and Kyra Sundance. Kilo loves treats, so as long as I have plenty, he does quite well on sit, touch, lie down, jump up and jump down. He is still wobbly on sit pretty but he does it on a couch leaning (thanks Diane for the tip).
One of his favourite activities is spin. He can’t believe his good fortune when he gets a treat for doing what he enjoys. Here is Sara’s video with tips to teach Spin. Check out her channel and her gorgeous fit dog Hero the Border Collie (they performed with us at the All About Pets Show- amazing young team!)
We also have several of Kyra’s books and Larry Kay’s.
Happy Fit Dog Friday. Have a great weekend.