Friday, January 2, 2015

A Fit Dog Happy New Year!


We're enjoying some Fit Dog fun in south Florida this week, finding new places for dog walks and enjoying some beach time.


We'll tell you more about those places next week, but today we're looking back on our 2014 fitness goals to see how we did.

Last year we said we wanted to:
  • Get Rocco ready for his first agility trial
  • Master the weave poles and make sure Rocco had the maturity and focus to compete
  • Get in better shape for me so I could keep up with Rocco on the agility course
I'm happy to report our 2014 year in fitness far exceeded my expectations. Rocco not only started to compete in agility but he also achieved his Novice and Open titles in AKC Standard and JWW, his AKC Novice FAST title, and USDAA P1 titles in Standard, Jumpers, Snooker and Pairs. 


I also amped up my fitness level, lost 10 pounds and gained lots of strength and endurance, so I feel great running Rocco around the agility course now!


As added inspiration, I got certified as a K9 Fit Club trainer and taught some classes along with agility classes I already was teaching.

Gretchen works out on the FitPaws balance disc at a K9 Fit Club class
This year, our goals include:
  • Compete in our first full year of agility trials (they'll start up again early spring)
  • Get our AKC Excellent titles and move up to PIII in USDAA.
  • Continue to eat right and build up more strength and cardio endurance for me (and keep the weight off!)
  • Explore more places to hike
  • Continue with conditioning exercises to keep Rocco healthy and in top shape
  • Have fun!
Rocco turned two in September and competed in his first full agility season in the fall of 2014
Conditioning and stretching exercises help keep both me and Rocco healthy and injury-free

Happy Fit Dog New Year! What are your fitness goals for this year?



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18 comments:

  1. You are the most awesome agility dog we know, Rocco! Keep up the good work and enjoy Florida! Watch out for gators, though ;)

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    1. Thanks! We had so much fun in the sun, but we're back in chilly Atlanta now!

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  2. Wow - busy and healthy year for the two of you. Congrats to you both!

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  3. Lucky you Rocco in Florida! Its going to get really cold here in the next few days, I won't get any walks! Have fun! Love Dolly

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    1. I've heard about the frigid temps in Chicago. Getting cold in Atlanta too this week. brrrr! Stay warm!

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  4. Rocco certainly exceeded his goal. Look at all those ribbons! Jealous of your time in Florida!

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    1. We had so much fun staying warm in Florida! Now it's back to freezing temps! Brrr!

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  5. So great that you are keeping Rocco healthy! Pet fitness is a great goal for the new year. - Petnet(io)

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    1. Thank you! We hope to keep it up this year!

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  6. Wow, congratulations on a great year! All of those ribbons look wonderful....good luck with your goals for 2015. I've just been so busy with the holidays and keeping up, I haven't really sat down and thought about our goals yet, but I plan to.

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    1. We just got back from our vacay too! Now it's back to more serious goal setting! Good luck with yours!

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  7. I'm just as jealous as Tenacious Little Terrier ~ my pack would love to be in Florida right now (it's our goal of living there at some point)!
    Rocco & yourself look great in the agility ring :-) We're looking forward to taking our first K9Nosework/Tracking class this year.

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    1. Have fun with Nosework and Tracking! I did some Nosework with Cosmo and he really liked it! We wish we were back in Florida now... it's getting super cold here in Atlanta!

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  8. Happy New Year and congrats on doing so well meeting your goals. Have fun in South Florida. I spent a lot of school breaks there. :)

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    1. So did I! It's much different now than when I was in school. It's all cleaned up and more grown up :)

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  9. Wow, look at all those ribbons! Well done on meeting all those goals. All the best in 2015!

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    1. Thank you! We hope to keep it up this year!

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