June 23, 2008
Contact: Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR
Falcon Valley Group
619-997-2495 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fat Dogs Get Fit with K9 Personal Fitness Training
San Diego’s only fitness program for dogs adds years by improving wellbeing
(San Diego) - Obesity is a deadly epidemic in the United States. And since Americans share nearly everything with their beloved pets, it’s no surprise that one in four dogs and cats are also obese. As with human beings, obesity causes a litany of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and joint problems.
Americans spare no expense when it comes to taking care of their pets, spending over $41 billion annually on pet-related goods and services. But obesity in dogs remains a growing, often untreated problem.
San Diego canine physical therapist Trish Penick has now expanded her successful rehabilitation program to offer canine fitness programs. “Training with Trish” is an inclusive approach to personal training and health for dogs including diet and nutritional counseling, weight management, cross training for sports, show and working dogs; instruction in massage, stretching and home exercise programs.
“I know people have so many demands on their time, and it’s easy to overlook the health of our pets,” said Penick. “I want to help people provide the kind of workout their bodies need to stay healthy and live long happy lives at our side.”
Just like you, if your dog isn’t getting at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise three times a week, your dog isn’t getting enough exercise. “A walk around the block isn’t enough,” explains Penick. “Just like people, a dog’s heart rate needs to reach a target training heart rate and sustain it to improve and maintain overall health benefits.”
Ideal candidates for training include:
- Competitive dogs (improves performance in agility, obedience, and trials)
- Working dogs (improves physical stamina)
- Show dogs (gets them into top shape for the confirmation show ring)
- Overweight dogs (low impact water exercise is safe and effective)
- Deconditioned “out of shape” dogs that don’t get enough exercise. This includes most dogs!
Keeping your dog's weight down through exercise provides them with the same physical l benefits as human beings, including improved metabolism and digestion, enhancement of the immune system to better ward off illness, increases in bone and muscle density and overall strength, and maximized cardiovascular system function, improved energy and better sleep quality.
In many cases, it’s the behavioral benefits that improve quality of life. When a dog doesn’t get enough exercise, it can become frustrated, unhappy, and sometimes destructive. It’s one of the primary reasons dogs end up in shelters. Behavioral problems such as chewing, scratching, digging, running or jumping, barking, and aggression can be quickly resolved simply by giving your dog a way to burn off excess energy.
Best of all, regular exercise is one way to increase your dog's life span. The multitude of benefits exercise provides can help your dog live a longer, healthier and happier life.
Learn more about “Training with Trish” and the full array of programs offered by Cutting Edge K9 Rehab at www.cuttingedgek9.com or call 619-227-7802.
About Cutting Edge K9 Rehab
Trish Penick established Cutting Edge K9 Rehab, Southern California's first canine rehab facility, in 1999. After a career providing high-level physical therapy to competitive human athletes including an extensive background specializing in water rehabilitation, Penick was eager to offer these services to our four-legged friends. Cutting Edge K9 Rehab offers an exceptional environment for complete physical therapy and swim therapy over any other facility in the country on the beautiful grounds of the Markim Pet Resort in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego.
Penick graduated from the Physical Therapy program at The Medical University of South Carolina and has completed additional coursework through the American Physical Therapy Association in animal Physical Therapy. Penick contributed to one of the first textbooks published on canine rehab and has been a speaker at the International Symposium on Rehab and Physical Therapy in Veterinary Medicine.
Learn more at www.cuttingedgek9.com or call 619-227-7802.