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What Is Canine Fitness Month (aka Active Dog Month)?

As a dog owner, your job is to make sure your dog has a long, healthy, and happy life. Part of that is ensuring he gets enough exercise and play time, and that he follows the right diet. The month of April is Canine Fitness Month, or Active Dog Month. This holiday reminds us to assess our dog’s activity levels, weight, diet, and overall health and see if our veterinarian recommends any changes. Keep reading to learn more.

Who Started Canine Fitness Month? 

Canine Fitness Month was started by FitPAWS. This organization supports the overall health of dogs, and wants to help their owners understand the importance of canine fitness and wellness. They created the holiday in the hopes of raising awareness of the dangers of canine obesity and a sedentary lifestyle for dogs. 

What Should You Do For Canine Fitness Month? 

Canine Fitness Month is a great reminder to dog owners to schedule a visit with their veterinarian. Your veterinarian can assess your dog’s overall health, weight, age, and diet and determine if you need to make any changes. Other ways you can celebrate the holiday are:

  • Take your dog for a daily walk.
  • Incorporate active play into your daily routine.
  • Play a game of fetch or hide and seek every day.
  • Minimize the number of treats you give your dog or switch to healthier treats.
  • Take your dog to doggy daycare when you have to work all day or know you won’t have time for a walk.
  • Hire a dog trainer or dog walker.

How Do You Know If Your Dog Is Too Sedentary?

There are warning signs you can look out for that will make it clear if your dog is too sedentary or is at risk of canine obesity:

  • Destructive behavior
  • Whining, barking, or aggression
  • Rough play
  • Restlessness
  • Weight gain
  • Breathing problems
  • Stiffness or achiness

You can also talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s overall health. Get your veterinarian’s advice before making any major changes to your dog’s diet or exercise routine.




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