The American Kennel Club launched Fit Dog Clubs in September of 2018 to focus on fitness for people and their dogs. Regular conistent exercise is necessary to reap the benefits of being active. In order to achieve the AKC Fit Dog designation you need to walk for 30 minutes, five times a week, for three consecutive months. Keeping records of your walks is necessary to recieve this designation. So why may someone want to achieve this? First, if you are currently not active with your dog working towards this designation will help you create a new habit of being active. From the AKC website, “The American Heart Association recommends walking a minimum of 150 minutes per week.” Second, walks provide a great opportunity for mental and physical stimulation that your dog doesn’t get in your own backyard. Third, it’s a great activity that you and your dog can do together and when you add in training to your walks, it can be a great relationship buidling activity. You can work towards your dog’s AKC Fit Dog designation just walking in your own neighborhood.
Canine Craze is a recognized AKC Fit Dog Club. We offer quarterly community walks to get people from the club together and also bring together a community of like-minded individuals who want to be active with their dog. Anyone with a dog can join the club, we have a Facebook group (Canine Enrichment and Fitness) where we talk about fitness, provide training tips, and are constantly providing fitness challenges for you and your dog. You can also share your fitness journey within the group so we all can celebrate your progress. You can also join our mailing list. If joining our mailing list, we will send out training and fitness tips, announcements about our quarterly training challenges, and invitations to our quarterly walks with the date and time of the walk. Pleae remember in order to particpate in quarterly community walks, dogs must be friendly and/or tolerant of other dogs within a close proximity.