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Barking Dog Fitness Blog

Exercise Away Your Dog’s Holiday Stress!

The holidays can be a stressful time for both you and your dog.  Dogs thrive on routine, and the normal daily routines you and your dog are used to are bound to change.  Your dog may have to deal with more people around, strangers touching him, excited children possibly pulling and/or hitting him, excessive noise,

Exercise – a Great Gift for Your Dog and You!

A tired dog is a happy pet parent.  When dogs are well exercised and receive enough cardio, they are calmer and it’s much easier for them to focus.  Exercise does several things for your dog.  It controls weight, increases muscle mass and bone density and can slow the aging process. A dog that receives an

The Benefits of Cardio Exercise for Dogs (and You)!

When we speak of “cardio” we assume we’re referring to aerobic exercise.  As a definition “aerobic” literally means “living in air” and refers to the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands using exercise. Just like us, our dogs require cardiovascular exercise to increase and/or maintain their fitness level. The advantages of including a

Exercising Your Senior Dog

Just because your dog is considered a senior doesn’t mean he doesn’t want or need exercise. That being said, seniors’ needs are different from younger dogs and more care and thought is required when it comes to the amount and type of exercise you plan for them. Unlike us, dogs are considered senior at different

Mental Stimulation for Dogs Through Exercise

Ask yourself how you would feel if you constantly spent every day, all day at home alone without any interaction with people and very little to keep our minds occupied. Those of us who have dogs and lead busy lives many times do exactly that to our dogs.  We leave our dogs at home alone

Tips for Selecting the Right Doggie Daycare for Your Dog

When you leave for the day, does your dog get depressed, lonely and bored? Have you been thinking of sending him to doggie daycare? If so, what should you be looking for? Just like selecting a daycare for your child, choosing the right doggie daycare takes time and research. Your first consideration should be convenience.

Canine Conditioning – The Cool Down Period

Just like a cool down period is important for us after exercising, dogs need to be allowed to do the same.    This is important for muscle recovery and will flush out lactic acid and other metabolites which can cause muscle soreness.  The cool down period should be about 5 to 10 minutes.  This will allow

Canine Conditioning – Specific Conditioning Techniques

Cross training is the healthiest way to keep your dog physically fit because it builds endurance and strength.  Endurance involves running or swimming long distances and gradually increasing the distance, intensity and time.  Strength entails working, pulling and up-hill work for short periods at maximum intensity. Treadmills are great for training because they can be

Canine Fitness Conditioning – 1st step – Proper Warm-up

When we exercise, for the most part, we know the steps we need to take to prevent potential injury and muscle soreness.  Unfortunately, we don’t always put these steps into practice. Sometimes we may be lazy with our exercise practices, but we can’t be lazy with our dogs.  Our dogs count on us for almost

The Importance of Core Strength for Your Dog

It’s well known that personal trainers and medical professionals stress the importance of core strength in order to maintain a strong and healthy body.  The same is true for dogs. Core muscles for us and our dogs support the back, which subsequently supports the entire body.  They maintain balance and allow us to be mobile