Appointment calendars, editorial calendars,
planning calendars…have you ever thought of
a Fitness Calendar for your dog?
There is a lot of great information this time of year about pet fitness. The suggestions range from constructing an indoor obstacle course, games of hide and seek, to activities outdoors. They all sound good, but where do you start? Every time I read one of these articles I think
“that sounds like a good idea” and then that’s usually as far as it goes.
I’m pretty good about keeping a notebook handy to jot down blog posts or web design ideas when they occur to me, so I thought, how about if I start planning to incorporate fitness into our weeks for the Ruff Girls? With all the scheduling and organizing I do in other areas of my life, why not this too?
So I got out my planner, and entered the activities I wanted to starting working on with Maxie and Mia. Here are our top 5 activities we have planned between now and the end of March:
Hide and Seek – the weather in the Midwest this time of year doesn’t always cooperate when it comes to outdoor activities – so I think this would be fun for us especially after a long day away from each other!
Clicker Training – This method really fascinates me. There isn’t a lot of physical exertion (usually) but I think they would enjoy the mental stimulation this time of year. (check out an exciting new product coming soon – the Clicker Ring created by Dog Guy Josh )
Treat Puzzles – I have a few of these I have been excited to try. Again, not a demanding physical challenge but they will enjoy the mental exercise. Although sometimes in the past the Ruff Girls have walked away from these, this is an easy activity to incorporate into an evening together. You can pretty much set it out and see if they approach it from time to time. (hint – keep a camera handy – might be some great photo ops here)
Indoor Obstacle Course – Mia enjoys physical activity and I think she might enjoy this challenge if she doesn’t decide to be timid and shy away from it. I’m not sure Maxie will engage in this, she is more of a “treat puzzle” kind of girl. (again-keep a camera close by!)
Dental care – how does this apply to fitness you ask? With Pet Dental Month just around the corner why not make a note to start a simple dental health routine after your fitness activities conclude? Decide which care routine works best for you – is it a dental treat, dental cleansing pads (that’s what we are doing right now) or tooth brushing? By making a note about this, you are more likely to make this a part of your time with your dog and eventually you won’t need the written reminder – it will be part of what you do, like providing food and water.
Need more inspiration? Visit Puppy Leaks for some really great ideas!
On our agenda this week? Dental Care before work in the morning and Treat Puzzles after work in the early evening.
Next week? We start with the clicker training.
The time spent with your dog(s) will be invaluable; and chances are you will learn something about each other in the process.
Stop by here and share your ideas for a fitness plan for your dog(s) and we’ll keep you up to date with pictures and posts on our social media accounts. Happy Planning!