K9 Kamp Week 3: Just One Doggone Minute to Win It

This week’s title is much easier on my Google search terms. Which is a good thing, because the challenge itself wasn’t so easy on my body.

It sounds simple, though, doesn’t it? The idea this round was to incorporate fitness with your dog into your daily routine. This is something I am used to doing all the time. With the super speed lives we all lead these days, sometimes this is the only way to get in any fun. Most of our training with Shiva is done in short bursts on the fly, like shaping a new trick while I wait for my flat-iron to heat up, or throwing a ball for her while I type out a blog post.

Unfortunately, I made the mistake of jokingly complaining in a comment on Kol’s Notes that the challenge wasn’t clear enough, that I didn’t want to come up with my own plan. Some free advice? Don’t ever do that. Evil Camp Leader Koly had no problem coming up with some ideas for me, none of them very pleasant. Here is the challenge he issued:

“1 – 2 minute each of disc, tug of war, running up those treacherous looking stairs, tag, monkey in the middle then…for you…. sit ups, push ups, mountain climbers, burpees andddddd some of those planks with the cat”

Nice. Since I don’t want to be a wimp, I couldn’t back out. I figured, how hard could it be? I used to take stick warrior classes. Well, okay I took exactly three classes. In university. Over ten years ago. But still! If I lived through those, I can do anything!

Of course, this was all before I even knew what a “plank” was. Do you know? If so, you are probably laughing at my bravado already. If not, brace yourself. Here is the description I found:

  • Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor.
  • Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows.
  • Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
  • Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.
  • Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.

It is supposed to look something like this:

Yeah. There are no photos of me doing this exercise.

Not that it was hard. Not at all! I just don’t want to show off and make anyone feel bad.

After all that brilliant fun, Shiva and I braved the low temperatures and took it outside. I found a way to make the stairs less exhausting for me and more enjoyable for her. Instead of just running up and down them together, I tried racing her to the top – giving myself a head start of course. I put her in a sit-stay on the bottom and then took off, only releasing her from her stay when there was a few steps left for me to climb. She still almost beat me every single time but she seemed to like the idea of a chase and I had a blast attempting to compete with her.

After that we took it to the playground. For whatever reason, we haven’t played around on the equipment for a long time. I couldn’t help but giggle out loud as Shiva chased me around the slide and up and over the stairs. As playgrounds are designed for human children, Shiva isn’t capable of some of the games available, like the monkey bars, but there are many ways they can be adapted for dogs. Even just ducking underneath the wooden planks (ugh… planks… evil…) and having quick rounds of hide and go seek with a dog can be a great time.

Once all this was done, I didn’t have much energy left for the cat. I worked on getting him to go up the stairs with me a little and tried more of those p-things while rewarding him for doing absolutely nothing. Then I just pulled out the laser pointer and called the challenge complete.

Most of my time with the cat is spent in very short bursts as he tolerates my antics for only so long. I try to always end on a high note and leave him wanting more. Basically, when it comes to working with a cat, you have to train when he wants to train, and not when you do. If that is three in the morning, then you take what you can get. It may not seem like you are making a lot of progress but the limited success I have had with the feline one proves that even just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference.

It really is true that to win it sometimes all you need is one minute.

Did you do anything new with your pets this week? I’d love to here all about it! Check out the K9 Kamp Posts from Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place and all other participating bloggers!

11 thoughts on “K9 Kamp Week 3: Just One Doggone Minute to Win It

  1. Congrats on finishing the challenge!! I agree that it is hard some days to incorporate exercise with our pooches daily, but they love it when we do!


  2. Kol sure did issue an evil challenge. I think we need to issue a challenge back to him, don’t you think?! I love that Shiva is at the top of the slide! Did you race her down? Good job with doing anything with the cat!
    Peggy, Kelly and Brooks


  3. Wow, that’s so great you are so motivated! And active! Those p-things are torture.

    Not much new this week; just enjoyed a few days of being down to 2 dogs. Went on a nice walk with Lamar in which I was relaxed enough to pick a bunch of mulberries. It’s soon to come crashing down all around me (you know what that means…) but I’ll take a couple of days of relative calm!

    Dogs are so great for keeping us active and fit…though I sometimes feel as if I could stand a little LESS activity 🙂


  4. Inquiring minds want to know…..did Shiva actually go down that slide? LOL
    I love the idea of letting her race you up the stairs, brilliant if you ask me. I think you guys did a fine job and are making an impressive showing at Kamp.


  5. you know, as soon as i saw your little joke in the comments last week, i said to myself, “uh-oh!” i would never mess with kol! nope. not gonna happen.

    meanwhile, i think you guys did great changing things up a bit and it’s awesome you returned to the playground. we have one in the park next door, and i’m always dying to take desmond in there to play, but dogs are not allowed in the park at all (except to and from the parking lot by the dog run), especially not in the children’s area. god forbid we have some filthy dog in the same place where oh-so-pristine children will be.

    we go in the park all the time anyway, but even at 5:30 AM i don’t have the cajones to take des into that playground. if someone saw me, i’m sure they’d be horrified.

    by the way, planks are one of my very favorite exercises, because you don’t have to do anything but stay in one spot. i did some with des this week! burpees, however, are–wait, what the heck are burpees??


  6. See, I read ‘with the cat’ as the cat being on your back… he has to stay, you have to plank. Work for both of you. …


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