It's a Dogs Life | Fitness | Weight Control | Nutritional Consulting


WHY CANINE FITNESS?
Does your dog pull on the leash, raid the garbage can, or destroy furniture out of boredom? We can help!

Most behavioral problems are the result of isolation, boredom and insufficient exercise. Just like humans, dogs require physical and mental stimulation every day. When denied exercise, a dog doesn't just gain weight. He or she can become destructive, noisy or generally antsy in an effort to relieve stress, tension and pent-up energy.


Daily exercise energizes a dog’s body, mind and spirit. Benefits of canine fitness include:

  • Reduces or eliminates common behaviors such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Prevents boredom and channels the dog's energy in a productive, acceptable direction
  • Keeps pets healthy, agile, and limber
  • Builds confidence and trust in timid or fearful dogs
  • Promotes healthy rest, not restlessness
  • Aids in controlling weight
  • Reduces the incidence of digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps prevent depression

20-30 minutes of running each day – chasing a ball or Frisbee – is considered the minimum amount of exercise for most dogs. With the right nutrition and exercise program, your dog is more likely to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted.

Our dog Nemo can often be found waiting eagerly for Dwain of It’s a Dog's Life to arrive each day. Working full time, we wanted to make sure that our dog received the exercise necessary for his health and Dwain makes sure that he is dog-tired at the end of their time together. Dwain shows genuine care and pleasure around our Nemo. We have been very happy with the great service he provides and we know Nemo is happy by how crazily he runs around the house when Dwain arrives. We would recommend It’s a Dog's Life to anyone who wants someone to love and take care of their dog exactly as they would themselves. -- J. KANE
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GETTING STARTED
When contemplating a canine fitness program, here are some considerations:
  • What is your dog's fitness level?
  • What does your dog do for daily exercise?
  • Does your dog enjoy the company of other dogs?
  • Does your dog have any illnesses, injuries, or behavioral problems?
  • Has your dog recently had a check up at the vet?

If it’s been six months or longer since your pet’s last veterinary check-up, we recommend your veterinarian check your pet’s heart, lungs and joints before embarking on a new fitness program.

Additionally, any health issues that need to be addressed during exercise can be spotted and discussed at this time.