|Celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince puts a pet owner and pup|
through their paces at a recent event in Los Angeles
Banfield Pet Hospital and celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince from NBC's "The Biggest Loser" are hosting a fitness class for dogs and their owners Saturday, July 20, in Atlanta and Rocco and I will be there!
Even though I do a lot of activities with Rocco, I think he winds up getting lots more exercise than I do. So I'm really looking forward to learning how I can step up my fitness program too.
Together, Banfield and Quince developed an exercise program that pet owners and their pets can do together to become active, healthy and fit.
According to Banfield's State of Pet Health 2012 Report, chronic conditions such as overweight and obesity in pets have increased at an alarming rate since 2007. Since that time, overweight and obesity have increased by 37 percent in dogs and 90 percent in cats, affecting approximately 1 in 5 pets.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is just as important for our pets as it is for humans," says Quince, "which is why I created a program that pet owners can do with their furry friends to become more active and shed unhealthy weight!"
|Rocco's ready to run!|
Quince calls this exercise "Shuttle Runs."
After picking three line markers that dogs and owners will run toward, Quince recommends that pet owners stand to one side and run these with the dog and create a fun "chase game." Participants can start by running to the first point, and run back to start; next run to the halfway mark and back to start; and last, run to the farthest point and back.
This can be repeated for a total of three to five sets. As both the dog and owner build stamina, additional sets may be added.
You can find more of Quince's pet workout tips on Banfield.com/fitness as well as details about the public fitness classes for pets and pet owners this July. In addition to the class Quince will lead in Atlanta tomorrow, he's leading one more in Minneapolis on Saturday, July 27.
We'll let you know next week how our workout goes with Quince!
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