Because the three of us believe that canine fitness should be something you work on year-round, I was nominated to pose a series of mini-challenges in between the main sessions of camp – Keeping Up With K9 Kamp. I know some of you have been following along all summer.
If you haven’t been able to take the mini-challenges with us, not to fear. You are still more than ready to jump into K9Kamp with us.
We were really happy with the number of pups and humans that participated in the last K9 Kamp challenge. The feedback we got was that you liked having a bit more leeway to tailor the challenge to your dog’s likes and needs.We are giving you the freedom to have fun with the October challenge too.
The October K9 Kamp challenge is:
Our Personal Goals for K9 Kamp
Here in the Northwest, the rainy season is upon us. We have already had a couple of days where it rained the whole time.
I will admit that we like exercising outside WAY less when it is raining. I will also admit that we haven’t been good at finding indoor alternatives (sadly, snuggling on the couch doesn’t count).
We are going to aim for an extra 30 minutes of indoor activity 3 days a week. We’ll focus on “fun and games” by rotating between playing tug-o-waw and fetch with squeakie toys, nose work (if I can figure out how to hide the treats without Chester and Gretel seeing) and, the new activity we are most excited about, working on our core.
Yes, I said WE. Boy, are my abs flabby. Chester and Gretel could use stronger cores and balance for more paddleboard adventures next spring.
Working on their core is going to be easy and fun too thanks to the Dog Tread K9FITbone that PetZen Products sent us (we met them at Superzoo earlier this year and were itching to be one of the first to try it).
Here we are trying it for the first time
What You Can Do
The best part of this challenge is that you can do whatever the heck you want as long as you could justify it as “exercise” and you shoot for the 30 minutes 3 – 4 times a week.
You can choose an indoor or outdoor activity depending on the weather. You can also pick something you can do at your house or go to dog-sporting facility.
If you need help getting the creative juices flowing, here are some things that you could try:
We want to hear your goals for Kamp, what you are doing and how you are liking it. We have created a Blog Hop that will be open for the whole month. We want to create a running list of all Kamp related posts and fitness ideas (Feel free to add articles on fun fitness games from other places as well). If you write a blog post related to Kamp activities, please come back here and link that post to the hop (use the link at the bottom of the hop).
We look forward to sweating with you at K9 Kamp this month!