This is probably going to put me straight into ‘crazy dog lady’ territory, but when on a dog walk with Ollie and the two dogs recently I had a little thought about how it would be funny/interesting to track the amount of exercise they both do. In all honesty, this was more from a view of how different they both are on a walk rather than wanting to strap them to a fit bit and track how many steps they’re doing. But their fitness levels is definitely a side of this I want to consider. Before I go into more detail, a little about the two pups in question here.
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I have Monty, she’s three years old now and we’ve had her since she was a little puppy. Oh, and yes she’s a she called Monty… She’s a miniature long haired dachshund and a bit of a diva. She will walk/run as long as weather conditions are favourable. A sign of cold or rain though and she is flat out refusing to even make eye-contact with a lead. The myth about dogs all getting excited with wagging tails as soon as the word ‘walk’ is uttered… not true for this one. She would be happier to spend all day snuggled on the sofa than running around a park… that of course doesn’t mean she gets excused from daily walks. It just means she is sometimes a bit of a madam about it and might require some persuasion/making sure I avoid trying to take her out when raining.
Then of course we have Willow – who is one year old and we’ve had her since she was about six months old (she’s a rescue from Dog’s Trust which you can read a bit more about HERE). She’s also a miniature dachshund, but short haired and of course we can’t be 100% sure if she’s mixed with anything as as rescue means we don’t know her full background but she couldn’t be more different to Monty when it comes to a walk. If I even touch the lead she comes running through tail wagging and excited bounce in her step – even if was was the other side of the house at the time. She runs and runs and runs and runs and runs some more when out walking. I would guess for every mile Monty walks, Willow runs three to four…
Which is exactly why I love the idea of tracking the activity they do – which is why when I was contacted by Pedigree about their Pedigree Tracks app I thought it was such a genius idea. You simply set up a profile for your dog and then you can keep track of everything from their diet (making sure those
bribes for good behaviour dog treats don’t get too frequent) and that they’re getting enough exercise. Not just that they’re getting enough, but not too much – as it really is a balancing act for dogs, especially with a breed like sausage dogs where you have to be careful with their backs so both exercise and weight are really important things to keep an eye on.
It means you can select the different types of exercise between indoor play, garden play and walks on lead and off. Then it tracks the time and logs it against the targets set by the information you give on your dog when you set up the profile. At the moment the app only offers one dog profile, but between Ollie and I we can track the exercise they get – overall it’s pretty much the same in terms of time. Monty just tends to stay pretty close to us when walking off-lead, where Willow runs around like a crazy thing… they eat the same and treats are all the same.
But when it comes to juggling all the elements of dog care it’s handy to have such a simple way to track it and make sure they are getting the right amount of exercise each day and not overdoing it on the treats. Basically like a fitness tracking app for humans, but especially designed for dogs. Now just to get my own exercise and snacking routine into as good a shape as the one for the pups…!
This post is a collaboration with Pedigree, but all thoughts are my own. For additional dental care information you can read the following Pedigree Reviews article for tips and advice.