Your Dog and You: A Great Team

Man’s best friend – aka your dog – can also be man’s best motivator to lose weight.

Posted: August 23, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

For dogs and humans alike, a healthy body takes hard work, motivation and dedication. If you walk or jog the journey together, you and your canine companion will have a better chance of attaining positive results, according to Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

The P-PET (People and Pets Exercising Together) study, conducted by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, demonstrated that companion dogs can serve as the social support owners need for weight loss and maintenance for up to one year.

Before dashing out the front door with your dog on leash, remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure your outing is safe. First, wait until the weather cools off. It’s much too hot for dogs to be out jogging right now.

Then, when determining an exercise regimen, consider your dog’s shape, age and breed. Even overweight dogs who are athletic work their bodies harder than they would if they were at their ideal size. Be sure to have plenty of water available as well as a place for you and your dog to cool down.

Has your dog already benefited from a joint-exercise effort? Enter him in Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s dog weight-loss competition at Submit your dog’s weight-loss story along with before and after pictures. The winner of the contest will receive a coupon for free Hill’s pet food and may be featured on the  website.

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