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Whole Dog Challenge: Global Health & Fitness Month

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

chelsandpi_croppedIn honor of Global Health & Fitness Month, we have a created the WHOLE DOG CHALLENGE!

This is a 10 day challenge that will help you and your dog to have a healthier (and ultimately, happier) life! This challenge is only competitive with yourself, so feel free to modify it however fits your lifestyle.

 

Things you will gain by completing this challenge:

  • Knowledge about canine health
  • Stronger bond between you and your dog
  • Healthier dog
  • Happier dog
  • Healthier & happier YOU!

This post will have all the information for the challenge, but each day will have a more detailed post on activities and information for that day. There are 4 sections of this challenge: Dog Nutrition (DN), Pet Parent Nutrition (PPN), Exercise (E), and Hygiene (H). The challenge begins Saturday, May 17th and goes through Monday, May 26th. Follow us here as we complete the Whole Dog Challenge (WDC) with you. And please share your progress with us here as well! We’d love to see how you’re doing and give any advice we can to help you fetch the most out of this challenge.

DAY 1 DAY 2
DN: Read your dog’s food label and look for any ingredients/words that don’t look familiar to you. Look up your brand of food on the Dog Food Advisor. DN: If your brand of food rated less than 3 stars on the Dog Food Advisor, consider switching foods.
PPN: For today, make a list of foods you eat today and divide it into processed and fresh foods. PPN: If there are more foods on your processed foods side of the list, try upping your number of fresh foods today.
E: Go on a 10 minute walk with your dog E: Take a trip to somewhere new! Ex: go to Home Depot, or find a new trail/path to walk on
H: Choose from: Trim your dog’s nails, Clean his/her ears, or brush him/her H: Choose a different one than yesterday: Trim your dog’s nails, Clean his/her ears, or brush him/her
DAY 3 DAY 4
DN: Incorporate some fresh food into your dog’s diet. This could be eggs, yogurt, pumpkin, canned tuna, salmon skin, etc. DN: Continue to incorporate fresh food into your dog’s food. You can do the same you did yesterday, or try something new.
PPN: Try to replace your cup of coffee or soda with a glass of green tea PPN: Put lemon in your water today to help your body detox and make drinking water more enjoyable.
E: Play hide & seek with your dog, OR practice sit & stay E: Go on a 15-20 minute walk with your furry friend
H: Choose the last option: Trim your dog’s nails, Clean his/her ears, or brush him/her H: Dental Health Day! Brush your dog’s teeth, OR give him/her a raw bone

 

DAY 5 DAY 6
DN: Continue to incorporate fresh food into your dog’s food. You can do the same you did yesterday, or try something new. DN: Start adding fish oil to your dog’s meals.
PPN: Put lemon in your water today to help your body detox and make drinking water more enjoyable. PPN: Omega 3’s have the same health benefits for people! Consider adding a fish oil supplement to your diet as well.
E: Play fetch! E: Give your dog a puzzle toy, or ask him/her to work for his/her food (tricks)
H: Give your dog a bath! H: Wash your dog’s food and water bowls

 

DAY 7 Day 8
DN: Hydration is important for dogs, just like it is for us. If you feed your dog kibble, try soaking the kibble in water before feeding. OR make chicken broth ice cubes. DN: Make your dog healthy sweet potato chews, OR ice cubes OR any other healthy dog treat.
PPN: Make sure you drink at least 60 oz. of water today. And mix it up! Try a new water infusion flavor. PPN: When you crave something sweet today, try replacing it with a delicious fruit salad
E: Start teaching a new trick OR work on an old trick E: Take your dog for a swim OR make a trip to the dog park
H: Choose from: Trim your dog’s nails, Clean his/her ears, or brush him/her H: Wash your dog’s bedding, leashes or collars
DAY 9
DN: Consider giving your dog a supplement with their food
PPN: Consider taking a supplement or vitamin yourself. And if you already take one, good job!
E: Go on a hike, jog or trip to the dog park with your furry family member
H: Dental Health day! Brush your dog’s teeth, OR give him/her a raw bone

 

DAY 10

This is your last day of the challenge, and a free choice day! Choose your favorites from any previous day’s activities and make today a fun and congratulatory day for completing the challenge!

 

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