For an overweight dog, a dog fat camp could be just the thing.
Susan Hartzler of California and her canine Bliss had an issue that numerous Americans and their canines know about. “I was worried to such an extent that I really had her tried to ensure there was nothing therapeutically amiss with her,” Hartzler says.
Euphoria’s concern? She was fat.
Upon discovering an open bag of cat food that Bliss had been helping herself to, Hartzler came up with a solution: dog fat camp.
“We signed up at DogPaddle Hydrotherapy & Wellness at the Rose City Veterinary Hospital. They offer a complete weight-loss program,” Hartzler says. In addition to weigh-ins and underwater treadmill sessions, Bliss received regular massages, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling. After six weeks Bliss’ weight was back to normal.
Time-crunched dog lovers are turning to professionals for dog weight loss, says Sean Sullivan, owner of K9 Conditioning, a fitness center for dogs. Sullivan places most of his clients on an eight-week weight-loss plan based on Fartlek, a Swedish conditioning program originally developed for humans.
“Fartlek preparing conditions the oxygen consuming framework by shifting activity modes, velocities, and powers,” Sullivan says. Toward the finish of each preparation day, canine customers are compensated with relieving rubdowns and paw consideration. “Sore or torn cushions can be an end all. Luckily there are extraordinary items accessible like waxes and boots,” Sullivan says.
Another piece of Sullivan’s success is solid however reasonable love. Regardless of the way that he gives treats for adequate direct, Sullivan doesn’t get out of hand. “[I] don’t respect those hopeless little guy eyes,” he says.
Around evening time, the canines rest in temperature-controlled rooms with a TV or radio.Additional benefits consolidate field trips to the city park, the beach, or the pet food store.
Boca Raton, Fla., is known for its luxurious human accommodations, and Camp Canine there seeks to provide that same atmosphere for the chubby pets who enroll in its program. Owner Lisa Schettino believes that much of the weight loss is achieved by supervised play in a cageless environment and carefully monitored meals. Of course after all that hard work and play, the dogs are treated to some much-needed pampering at the camp’s spa which features “a soothing massage, manicure and pedicure, and either specialty grooming or a bubble bath,” Schettino says.
Canines who enroll in Dogs at Camp, in Canada, can expect a makeover of their diet and exercise regimen, according to Glen Kowarsky, the camp’s director. The first sacrifice on the list? Canned food, since it tends to be higher in calories.
A daily round of exercise includes as much ball and Frisbee play as a dog can handle, depending on the temperature, her weight, age, and general health. Dogs can also hike 35 acres of trails, and swim and retrieve balls from freshwater ponds during the summer months.
All work and no play can be rough on a pampered pooch, and these dog weight-loss camps aim to combine just the right amount of leisure and exercise. And after all that running, sweating, and soaking, you can be sure that your canine companion will look and feel better than ever.
Robin Whitsell is a freelance writer who lives in North Carolina with her husband, two daughters, and Labrador Retriever Foster