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Everything to Know About Canine Fitness Month (aka Active Dog Month)

Canine Fitness Month, or Active Dog Month, is celebrated in the month of April. This special month reminds us to check in with our pets’ health and fitness and adjust their diet and exercise routine if necessary. Here’s everything you need to know about canine fitness month and keeping your dog happy and healthy.

The History of Canine Fitness Month

Canine Fitness Month was founded by FitPAWS, an organization that is passionate about spreading information about the dangers of canine obesity. FitPAWS wants to help dog owners avoid a sedentary lifestyle and increase activity levels with their dogs. 

How You Can Celebrate Canine Fitness Month

There are a lot of fun ways to celebrate Canine Fitness Month and improve your dog’s health (and your own in the process):

  • Go for a walk every day, even if it’s a short one.
  • Engage in active play with your dog.
  • Reduce the number of treats you give your dog, or switch to healthier treats.
  • Make a veterinary appointment.
  • Adjust your dog’s diet if recommended by your veterinarian. 
  • Take the stairs when out on a walk with your dog.
  • Enroll your dog in a doggy daycare program.

Signs Your Dog Needs More Exercise

Being aware of the signs that your dog needs more exercise or a change in diet can actually save your dog’s life and extend his lifespan. Pay attention to these warning signs your dog should be more active:

  • Increase in the frequency of destructive behavior
  • Weight gain
  • Long nails
  • Sluggishness or listlessness
  • Boredom
  • Increased aggression
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Signs of stiff joints or achiness
  • Excessive barking or whining

Always check with your veterinarian before making major changes to your dog’s diet or exercise routine. In some cases, a sudden change can actually affect your dog’s health negatively, and a veterinarian can guide you in the right direction.