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9/2/09 10:13 A

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This is a great challenge! I can definitely get into walking the dogs! I walk them twice daily now, so fitting in another 15 should be easy - and fun! Toji - our boy- is chubby like his mommy and could use the extra walk! Thanks for the fun idea! Count me in.

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9/1/09 9:34 P

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I ditto that Jane!

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9/1/09 8:45 P

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Jane,

Thank you for finding a challenge that we can all meet in our own way.



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9/1/09 5:54 P

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Oh absolutely!!! lol

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9/1/09 5:48 P

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I will play with my 2 but not able to walk them either. I will play fetch and ball with them and rough house a little to keep them busy and me moving as much as I can too. You can join me in this Kelly if you would like!!

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My three run all the time. We have 1/2 an acre out back and they have a doggie door so they have the benefit of going outdoors anytime they feel like it. Buffy is only 3 the Raider and Snickers are almost 5 and so they're all pretty young still and very active. I on the other hand, with my foot surgery, am not quite so active and not able to walk as normal people do. I am pretty much disabled and use a walker to get around, so I am not able to "walk my dogs". I wear a boot all the time on my right foot and can only put weight on my right foot minimally. When I am able to join in (maybe towards the end of the month hopefully) I will, but we'll have to see! Kelly

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9/1/09 4:17 P

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Actually, I think sharing about meeting this challenge on this thread will be fun. And of course if your movement involves walking your poodle, remember your fitness tracker!

Actually, I'm not sure how to make this challenge a goal that shows up in people's Other Goals tab. Right now, the Poodle Club's goal is walking a mile a day, but I think this might be more appropriate.

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9/1/09 4:14 P

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Oops. My brain must've been oxygen deprived before walking Tara. Actually, the article's also in the Welcome New Members thread. And I'm thinking of posting rest of the (five) dog health articles here too. The next is about nutrition and overweight pups (not surprising that the sponsor is a major dog food manufacturer).

Finding the Fit Dog Within

Keeping your dog active can add years to his or her life. No matter what breed or age, regular daily activities can help keep your dog lean, healthy, and young. In fact, regular exercise and active playtime can make your dog up to 6 months younger!

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Why Exercise?
Dogs need exercise as much as people do for optimal health. Ensuring that your dog gets enough exercise helps to keep your dog slim and healthy and helps to prevent unwanted behaviour, which keeps your dog safe and happy.

A slim dog is a healthy dog. Balancing good nutrition with regular exercise helps reduce your pet's risk of obesity.

An active dog is a happy dog. An active dog is less likely to misbehave than a bored dog. Daily activities keep your dog happy and entertained, which helps keep him or her from nosing around in potentially dangerous items or situations. Exercise also allows your dog to release restless energy in a constructive, rather than destructive, manner, which can keep you happy, too.

How Much Is Enough?
Determining how many times per day your dog should get physical activity depends on your dog's breed, age, activity level, and general health. Some dogs require short walks through the neighborhood while others require more endurance-based activities, such as running and playing. Even senior dogs enjoy spending time outside after being indoors all day. A general goal is to make sure your dog exercises or plays actively at least 3 times per day for at least 15 minutes each time.

What Is the Best Type of Exercise?
When it comes to exercise, the important thing is to get your dog moving. Rotate activities to keep your dog interested in them. In addition to daily walks, integrate playing at the park, playing fetch, and swimming. Also, visit your local dog park to let your dog interact with other dogs, which can improve your dog's socialization skills.


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9/1/09 4:12 P

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Jane, where do we record how many times & for how long each time? BooBoo's been out three times so far & I usually stay out & walk with him about 15 - 20 minutes each time.



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9/1/09 4:04 P

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Yeah, we are! I usually take Boo out walking the grounds @ least 3 times a day, usually more when the weather is nice. Today has been an especially nice day for walking. It's cool, overcast, a very nice breeze is blowing. It has not made it out of the 80's all day, according to Weather Bug. But it feels to me as if it's not gotten to 79 today. And with these cool nights, BooBoo's ready & rarin' to go! (between naps, of course) LOL!



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9/1/09 3:38 P

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Sure enough girl me and Ginny are ready!!

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9/1/09 2:49 P

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Sure I am! where is the article????

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OK, poodles and peeps. The challenge of the month involves action and interaction. Here's this month's lead article from DogAge.com (sans sponsor messages) about keeping your pup fit. It takes 15 minutes of movement three times a day. Tara's been really perky with the cool night's we've been having lately, and she's raring to poodle boogie. Anyone else up to the challenge?

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