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Challenge 10 – 100 Lunges!

By admin in Challenges on June 1, 2015 - No Comments

Everyone wants shapely legs and buttocks and lunges are one of the best exercises to get them - plus there is no equipment required so you can do them anywhere, anytime! But of course we need to incorporate reinforcement of obedience cues with our pooches, so while you do your lunges be sure to work on cues your pooch can do while you do your lunges. Good form, as shown in the photo, includes keeping your front knee over your ankle and never past your toes when you lunge; shoulders should be back, head up and looking forward. To start, find …

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Challenge 9 – Cleaning House!

By admin in Challenges on April 29, 2015 - No Comments

All of our challenges to date have focused on exercise and obedience cues, but being active is only one aspect of staying healthy. Your body is your temple and you only have one to last your lifetime, so taking good care of it is key to having a healthier and happier life! Same applies to your pooch but they are completely reliant on you!! So with spring here, now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in regards to what we are putting into our bodies and our pooches' bodies! We all know that we …

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Challenge 8 – Delt Press, Oblique Plank Crunch, Climbers & Mixed Cues

By admin in Challenges on April 2, 2015 - No Comments

With summer just around the corner now is the perfect time to get to work on shapely shoulders and uncovering those 6 pack abs while also having your pooch practice obedience cues. To do the delt press, position yourself in a pike position with your hands turned in towards each other, legs straight and feet as close as you can move them towards your head. Bending your elbows, press downwards to move your head as close to touching the ground as possible. Return to start position and repeat. They may look easy but when done properly you will feel every …

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Challenge 7 – Cardio & Loose Leash Walking/Running

By admin in Challenges on March 1, 2015 - No Comments

Time to exercise your heart, so challenge 7 is all about increasing the length of your cardio workout (thereby improving your endurance) or the speed of your current cardio workout. If you don't have an established cardio workout, time to start one! Regardless of which you select, your pooch will be practicing their loose leash walk/run or cani-cross cues if you have trained your dog for that sport. Not sure what cani-x is? Get more details on our Intro to Cani-cross sessions! Need help with your pooch's loose leash walk? Check out our obedience services! Why is a cardiovascular …

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Challenge 6 – Tricep Dips & Sit to Down Cues

By admin in Challenges on February 1, 2015 - No Comments

Having firm triceps always makes a person's arms look great! Keeping your triceps strong will help keep a shapely arm so get to it with Challenge 6's tricep dips while practicing the sit to down cue with your dog!   Like all of our challenges, adjust it to fit your fitness level and your pooch's obedience skills. Start easy and work your way up. In this video to demonstrate Challenge 6 I choose to do individual cues with each dog instead of both at the same time every 10 dips. Moving forward i could decide to do more …

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Challenge 5 – Five Minutes to Fitness

By admin in Challenges on December 28, 2014 - No Comments

Too often people make excuses about not being able to work out because "I don't have time", when in reality it isn't that you don't have time but rather that you choose to not spend time on exercise. Well this 5 minute session, which requires no equipment, will give your entire body a quick workout and can be done no matter what your fitness level and at a time convenient for you! Plus your pooch can practice their obedience at the same time! As you will be moving throughout the routine it may be more challenging for your dog …

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Challenge 4 – Squat & Sit Cue

By admin in Challenges on December 1, 2014 - No Comments

If you want to tone up and strengthen your legs and glutes, then this is the challenge for you! Squats are a fantastic exercise to do because all you need is you plus your pooch can practice their sit cue while having a staring contest with you! To begin, put your pooch in a sit position facing towards you. If you have never done squats before then start this challenge against a wall as it will provide your core with support and aid you in keeping proper form with a 90 degree bend in your knees. Slide yourself down …

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Challenge 3 – Stretching & Mix of Cues

By admin in Challenges on November 1, 2014 - No Comments

Stretching is an often overlooked, but vitally important part of every workout, so this month our challenge involves stretching for humans and a mix of whatever cues your dog knows! Select one or two stretches that you want to improve upon and after a daily walk or run which your pooch (this will serve as your warm up), while you practice holding a stretch for your goal time ask you pooch for a cue that they know (sit, down, stretch, etc) and have them remain in that position until you ask for another cue or release them. There …

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Challenge 2 – Low Plank & Sit Cue

By admin in Challenges on September 29, 2014 - No Comments

Challenge 2 is geared to strengthen your core and improve the duration of your dog's sit. While most plank challenges set a goal of attaining a 5 minute plank over 30 days, our challenge is for you to double (triple or quadruple) the time of your baseline plank over the month, doing only a single plank each day. So while some people may start with a baseline plank of 1 minute, others may be starting at 5 seconds, but it doesn't matter! What matters is that you maintain the proper form for the entire duration of your …

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Challenge 1 – Push Ups & Down Cue

By admin in Challenges on September 15, 2014 - No Comments

Challenge 1, should you choose to accept it, is 2 fold; choose to do both, or just one of the challenges. Even if you have never done a full push up before, you can still participate in the first challenge and see what you can accomplish in the next 10 days! Your pooch needs to know how to do a down and this challenge will help to work on duration in the down. Check out our obedience training if you pooch needs some help in learning the basics! To participate in this challenge, simply post an update to our …

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