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April Is Canine Fitness Month

During April, Canine Fitness Month focuses on keeping our most loyal companions healthy and physically active.

Like many of us humans, too many dogs suffer from obesity and “sedentarism,” the two most common preventable conditions in the canine and human populations. Too much sitting and too many calories in treats or poor nutrition choices often contribute to weight gain. Besides causing our furry friends to have sore joints, difficulty breathing, a higher risk of cancer, canine diabetes, and other diseases, obesity also shortens their lives. Canine Fitness Month encourages us to take a step toward developing a healthier lifestyle and bond with our four-legged family members.

ALWAYS: Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pet is healthy enough for exercise and find out what kind of diet routine Fido should be eating.


  • Get walking! One foot in front of the other, and the fresh air will do you both good.

  • Active play - throw a ball, stick or frisbee in a safe environment, or better yet – run or jog with your pet to retrieve it.

  • Play hide and seek with your pet’s daily allowance of treats. Place them behind doors, under bowls and chairs.

  • Create obstacle courses indoors and out all year long. Move rugs and chairs around to create obstacles and a workout worthy of both human and canine. The key is to make movement fun for both of you!

  • Get moving with your best friend. Share your tips and success by using on social media.


FitPAWS® founded Canine Fitness Month to bring awareness to the growing and preventable issue of canine obesity and sedentarism. They have been the leader in canine fitness for more than 10 years and human wellness with their FitBALL® brand for 26 years. FitPAWS® is passionate about shining a light on the limited amount of movement dogs are getting and encouraging people to get out and move their mutts. They recently developed a certificate program for the first Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program with the University of Tennessee. The program provides Trainers, Vets, Behaviorists, and Physical Therapists with equipment and methods to create good, effective canine fitness programs.


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