With both human and canine obesity at an all-time high,
the Kennel Club has launched an online video of the top
five exercises for both dog and owner.
The exercises were developed as part of the Kennel Club's Get
Fit With Fido campaign and were devised by the creators of Wag
& Tone, an exercise programme for dogs and their owners. The
exercises were designed for people of all ages and abilities as a
brief introduction to improving fitness levels for both dog and
Statistics from the NHS show that over 60 percent[i] of adults in the UK are overweight or obese
and up to 60 per cent of all dogs in the UK are overweight[ii], highlighting the need for action.
The Get Fit With Fido campaign encourages dogs and their owners
to get fit together to improve both health and fitness. In addition
to the education campaign, Get Fit With Fido also includes a
challenge that rewards the dog and dog owner who jointly lose the
most weight, and the dog owner and dog who individually lose the
most weight, with the help of exercising together.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "As the shocking
statistics show, the growing obesity epidemic needs to be tackled,
and both dogs and owners need to boost their fitness in order to
improve their overall health. One of the most serious findings in
obesity studies in both humans and dogs is a reduced lifespan. An
overweight dog is more likely to die younger than a dog of normal
weight. The UK's dog owners have been killing their dogs with
kindness by overfeeding in a lot of cases."
Sue Holstead from Wag & Tone commented: "Dogs can be great
fitness partners for those trying to lose weight and the video was
engineered as a way to inspire dog owners to find new and different
ways to get fit with their dog. The exercises were designed for
everyone to improve fitness levels for both dog and owner. We hope
all the dog owners give it a try and see the benefits of getting
fit with your four-legged friend."
Please find a link to the video here -
The Kennel Club's Get Fit With Fido Challenge runs until
December and prizes on offer for the winner of the 2014 Get Fit
With Fido Challenge include a one night stay at the dog friendly,
4* boutique townhouse hotel Flemings Mayfair; a luxury dog bed from
Charley Chau and Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at the Milestone
Hotel in Kensington.
As part of its Get Fit With Fido campaign, the Kennel Club
provides tips and advice on activities, exercises and walks that
dog and owner can enjoy together. To find out more about the Get
Fit With Fido Challenge, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getfitwithfido.