We're so excited to share lots of big news today.
First, of course, is that it's the opening day of K9 Kamp and we have one HUGE giveaway, chock full of items to help make playtime fun for you and your pup!
Be sure to read down to learn more about each item in the giveaway below. And then enter for a chance to win on the giveaway widget at the bottom of this post.
And, don't forget the theme for this session of K9 Kamp is
Backyard Fun & Fitness Games!
We can't wait to see all the fun games you all play. And if you don't have a backyard, there's still plenty of fun to be had right outside your front door.
My next bit of news is that I'm so excited to share that I'm now officially certified as a K9 Fit Club Trainer! That means I've passed the K9 Fit Club certification and will start teaching classes in the Atlanta area soon!
It's all a natural progression of the fun and fitness we already enjoy with the pups in our lives. Only now, you can take your dog with you to work out … and they get some exercise and bonding time too!
If you're in Atlanta and interested in classes, please let me know and I'll get you more details.
And you'll likely see some of our K9 Fit Club exercises show up in our upcoming posts!
The Biggest Ever K9 Kamp Giveaway!
Our generous K9 Kamp supporters have provided the best Prize Pack ever to help you enjoy your backyard games even after K9 Kamp is over. Here's a look at what one lucky K9 Kamper can win!
As you know we love to train and compete in agility. But even if you never have aspirations to compete, agility is a great way to bond with your dog and you both get exercise too! I also find it helps improve memory as you learn the patterns of various courses. To get started, we love The Kyjen Dog Agility Starter Kit, donated to our K9 Kamp prize pack by Petco.
The kit includes six weave poles, a jump, a short tunnel, pause box, start/finish line, and it even comes with a stop watch and three award ribbons!
Conditioning for your pup
In order to enjoy the fun and games in life to the fullest, it'll benefit any pup to work on balance, strength and endurance. Exercises on the K9FITbone help to develop strength, endurance, proprioception (body awareness), balance and flexibility. And besides, we think it looks cool too!
The K9FITvest dog fitness vest helps to improve strength, speed, performance and body awareness. Both the K9FITvest and K9FITbone are being contributed to the prize pack by DogTread.
Rocco loves to drink out of his fountain and we hope your dog will do, because hydration is so important to help keep your pup healthy and fit. The Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain is made from porcelain and continuously recirculates 70 ounces of fresh, filtered water. It's easy to clean and looks great in your home!
The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets, and the patented dual free-falling streams aerate the water for freshness, which encourages your pet to drink more. Thanks to PetSafe for providing the Pagoda Fountain to our prize pack.
Yummies for your pup
From our pals at Jones Natural Chews, this center bone is marrow filled, with meaty bits clinging to it, dipped in natural liquid smoke before being slow baked to perfection. The 7" Center Bone is in the top 10 of dog favorites and is perfect for medium to large dogs, or more aggressive chewers.
All Jones Natural Chews are made in the USA.
After a job well done, every good dog deserves a cookie. Smart Cookee is adding one package of its 100% All Natural Omega Dog Treats to the K9 Kamp prize pack. All Smart Cookee treats are corn, wheat, soy and gluten free and made in the USA.
What to wear for both you and your pup!
Donated by Collarific Dog Bandanas, these clever bandanas slide over your pet's collar. The reversible bandanas include a fully lined collar channel with reinforced seams for extra durability. Collarific specializes in designs suitable for large dogs, and their "Ruff Rating" helps you choose the right fabric style.
And finally, just for you… this woof worthy pendant from For Love of a Dog is perfect for any dog lover! A handmade porcelain dog bone proclaims WOOF and dangles from an artisan lamp work floral bead in shades of carmel, brown and tan.
Hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire with a silver bale. Perfect to wear on your own necklace, cord or ribbon. Length is 2 1/2 inches.
Special thanks to all our prize pack contributors: Petco, PetSafe, DogTread, For Love of a Dog, Jones Natural Chews and Smart Cookee. The prize pack is valued at over $350! Wow! That's a whole lot of backyard fun and fitness for one lucky pup and human!
Some final K9 Kamp detailsKamp runs from June 27 - July 18 with the K9Kampfire Blog Hop on July 25. That's where you'll link up your posts about your own backyard fun and fitness games. As always, K9 Kamp will run alongside FitDog Friday, so you can feel free to post about your games at anytime during the Kamp session!
Your K9 Kamp coaches are Peggy's Pet Place, SlimDoggy and us! So be sure to check out our co-coaches to see what kinds of ideas they have for backyard games.
And, if you'd like to post a photo of your K9 Kamp activities just tag it with hashtag #K9Kamp so we'll be sure to see it! Insider hint: If you post it on Instagram and tag it #K9Kamp, we'll feature your photos here on a K9Kamp slideshow!
The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With Love, SlimDoggy and Peggy's Pet Place to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.