Ever noticed your pup getting festively plump? Before you let the weight gain get out of hand, stop the fat in its tracks with this new fitness plan developed specifically for you and your pooch. Banfield Pet Hospital and celebrity fitness trainer Dolvett Quince from NBC's "The Biggest Loser" have a new campaign to help your dog lose weight through preventive care, nutrition and exercise.
"As a personal trainer, I am constantly motivating people to lose weight; however, my passion for fitness and nutrition doesn't stop at the gym," Quince said. "Overweight and obesity is weighing heavily on the minds of Americans and is impacting families across the country, including our four-legged friends. Leading a healthy lifestyle is just as important for our pets as it is for humans, which is why I created a program that pet owners can do with their furry friends to become more active and shed unhealthy weight."
According to Banfield's “State of Pet Health 2012 Report,” since 2007, obesity in dogs has increased by 37% and in cats by 90%. And when pets pack on the pounds, owners should also be concerned with other health problems, including diabetes and arthritis.
Quince's workout plan takes your dog’s — and your — exercise routine to the next level, beyond just a run through the park. Here are just some of the moves:
Get in the plank position, resting forearms on the ground, keeping their bodies in a straight line with their weight on their toes and forearms. While in this position, hold out a dog toy or ball to the side for a game of fetch. When your dog brings the toy back, release from the plank position.
Choose three line markers that you and your dog will run toward. Run to the first point, and run back to start; next run to the halfway mark and back to start; and last, run to the farthest point and back. Repeat for a total of three to five sets; feel free to add sets as you and your dog get in shape.
Find a hilly park or track or football field with bleacher seating. Run the hills or stairs with your dog and repeat.
Banfield Pet Hospital and celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince will host public fitness classes for pet owners and their canine friends in the following cities:
Atlanta, on Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m.; and
Minneapolis, on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m
Pet owners are invited to participate in the fitness classes, led by Quince, and meet with Banfield Pet Hospital veterinarians who will perform body condition testing, answer nutrition questions and provide wellness checks. Attendees will also receive a coupon for a free office visit, nutrition consultation and body condition assessment at any Banfield Pet Hospital. Visit Banfield.com/fitness for locations and event details.
If you can’t attend a fitness class, head on over to Banfield.com/fitness or Banfield's Facebook page at Facebook.com/banfieldpethospital for Quince's workout plan, a downloadable coupon for a free office visit and nutritional consultation at any Banfield Pet Hospital.