Slimming Down in 2011… With your Dog?

If your New Year’s resolution involves dropping a few pounds or amping up your workout routine, chances are part of your plan for a healthier new you involves your pet. A recent study done by the American Kennel Club reveals that nearly 75% of those polled will incorporate Fido in achieving their 2011 fitness goals.

And why not? Including your pup in your workout routine is an excellent idea. Walks, runs, and trips to the dog park are all fun ways to burn some calories while spending quality time with your furry best friend. There are even fitness classes popping up in some places that accommodate both you and your pet. Staying active together not only helps you trim your waistline but also contributes to the wellbeing and happiness of your dog.

However, if your doggy isn’t used to strenuous exercise, make sure to ease into your new workout regimen and watch for any signs of pain or discomfort. Also make sure you both take plenty of water breaks to keep hydrated.

Wishing a happy and healthy New Year to you and your pet!