Owning a pet, specifically a dog, can help reduce your risk of heart disease, reports the American Heart Association. Part of this may be due to the fact that owners are more likely to walk with their dogs than other pets.
However, adopting a dog is healthy news only if you exercise properly. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.5 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. This number breaks down to roughly 80 million dogs in the U.S. that are at risk for diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
Take your dog’s health as seriously as your own, and make a resolution to get fit. Download one of these apps for dog fitness to help keep your dog in shape and you on your toes:
Track your dog’s fitness with FitBark, and turn his or her activity into BarkPoints to see his or her progress grow. The app gives you a chance to figure out any changes in your dog’s behavior and talk with your vet about any changes in his or her health or routine. Using the app makes it easier to tell how much physical activity you’re getting by seeing how often you’re out walking and running with your pooch. Easily attach FitBark to your dog’s collar and monitor his or her activity from your iPhone 6. The collar attachment is so small your dog probably will never notice, making play time more fun.
Keep track of your dog’s fitness and diet with SlimDoggy. You can search through a database for the calorie content of over 2,000 different foods and treats for your dog, as well as add new snacks. Next, keep tabs on your dog’s activity with categories like running, fetching, chasing and agility. The combination of diet and physical fitness tracking helps you figure out if your dog is consuming too little or too much so you can adjust accordingly. Although the app won’t do much for you as the owner regarding your diet, you can figure out how often you’re working out with your dog and the type of intensity of each activity.
Have fun working out with your dog with the Thank Dog app. Create a music playlist for your favorite workouts with your dog that you can control directly from the app. If you’re not sure where to start in your dog fitness journey, access how-to videos on guidance commands and exercises. Thank Dog is also one of the few apps that incorporates human workout routines with training and exercising your dog. Work on a sprint, high knees or other cardio programs while your dog participates nearby. You’ll get a real workout while your dog gets to be part of the routine.
It’s easy to get excited about the latest pet fitness technology when you and your dog are healthy and ready to tackle the world. But older pets also need physical activity and may not be able to keep up on walks, especially during inclement weather. DogPacer works like a dog-adapted treadmill for all sizes and types of dogs. Unlike human treadmills, the DogPacer comes with side panels to help keep your dog focused. The treadmill itself is longer to accommodate four legs and is built specifically with dog safety in mind. Set up the DogPacer next to your own treadmill and walk together to keep each other company.