Get fit with your dog in Cheltenham

Every January, thousands of people promise to get fit, lose weight or be healthier.

But instead of joining a gym and only going once, why not take the advice of the team at our Moorend Grove practice and make a new-year resolution to get fit with your dog?

It’s a training partnership that will benefit both of you, but you might want to first check that your best buddy is fit enough for whatever activity you choose.

So, take advantage of one of our vet nurse checks before you begin, as Rachel and the others are always happy to help and offer advice.

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The BBC has said that dog owners are 34% more likely to get the exercise they require on a daily basis. But Kennel Club research also shows that a quarter of dogs in the UK are overweight, meaning they’re more likely to develop health problems.

You and your dog might therefore be the best training motivation either of you could have this winter.

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Five great dog-based exercises

  • Daily walk – It might sound obvious, but it’s all too easy, especially in winter, to give in to a quick walk around the block. Remember, you’re helping both you and your canine companions by sticking to a proper yomp – and a one-hour walk can burn up to 200-calories. Who’s worried about the cold?
  • Jogging – Up for something higher-octane? Speed up the pace and get in the zone – your dog’s likely to be a more willing running partner than less motivated two-legged friends.
  • Agility – It’s fun and stimulating for dogs and keeps you on your toes too, as they get the hang of the apparatus and speed up through the course with you by their side. There are plenty of classes all over the country, so there’s bound to be one near Cheltenham.
  • Bikejoring – Never heard of it? You get on your bike and cycle while your dog runs ahead, pulling you in a harness. It’s mainly one for the bigger dogs, but there’s no reason you can’t train almost any breed to join in the fun. Why not find out more.
  • CaniX – Another one that might be unfamiliar, CaniX involves running events countrywide, starting at 2K. And you’re bound to find a weekend event near you.

So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those walking boots or trainers, get the bike out of the shed and have fun getting fit with your dog.

And remember, if you have any questions, the team at our friendly vet practice are here to help.