Furry Fitness: Words Of Wisdom From A Pooped Human
It’s been a few tiring weeks at my doggy/human fitness class, but I’m glad we tried it out. I’ve never taken a class like this before, and honestly, I had no idea what to expect. As I look back fondly (as I veg out on my comfy couch) at our time spent there, I want to pass along a few things I learned from my experience.
It’s not all about the dog: For some reason, I neglected the human part of the equation. I just assumed that the dog would come home exhausted, but he wasn’t the only one who flopped down on the floor at the end of the class. While there was no doubt that my dog came home tired, I woke up sore the next day! Dog/human fitness classes are tough for people, too – expect to feel the burn the next day.
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- What to wear?: Well, I have been cited for style-related crimes by the fashion police on more than one occasion. In my defence, I’m all about being practical. But let me tell you, it’s hard to find workout gear that holds lots of liver and cheese treats (get on that Lululemon!).
- Drink lots of water: This goes for you and your dog. You’re both working up a sweat, so proper hydration before during and after the work out is key.
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- Pre-pee before workouts: Make sure your dog pees before you go inside. Burger reminded me about this rule. With all the equipment and dog scents in the air, Burger thought we were at the dog park, and concluded that this was a good place to pee. And pee he did… on pretty much everything and everywhere! Yep, just a little embarrassing! Now we tinkle before we head to the gym.
- Find a good instructor: Shalin, our Grassroots Canine instructor, kept the pace just right. She was always there to lend a helping hand, both from a dog training perspective as well as a safety perspective for people. Shalin happens to be both a professional dog trainer and a nurse, so I felt pretty safe in her capable hands, knowing she can perform CPR on humans and canines.
Have you tried a workout with your best bud? Have I inspired you to take a doggy/human fitness class for yourself? Let me know in the comment section below.
Kevin Roberts lives for adventure. Together with his pack of rescue dogs and his husband, he spends as much time outdoors as possible. Kevin lives by the motto: "Get outside and play with your dogs!
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