What Dog Breed is Right for Your Fitness Style?

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 1.30.13 PMI joined a gym.

It was a painful decision because I had to admit a) I was out of shape and b) parts of my body were heading towards my toes.

Now I know this is the first blog I'm writing for Positively.com and realize it should be something more inspirational-- something with an epiphany.. but that's not me. Not really.

So, instead I thought I would come clean.

I am out of shape, getting old.. and can be lazy at times.

And as I was writing this.. I realized. Oh my gosh- I've become my dog.

Don't get me wrong- I love her like my child.. but she is out of shape.. getting old.. and well, reallllly lazy.

I tried doing all kinds of activities with her.

Playing catch? Nope. You can see it in her eyes.. her thoughts of futility. If I go get that ball and bring it back.. then she is just going to throw it again. What's the point?

Go for a run? nah-- she's thinking.. not unless the cat is chasing me.

Swim? She looks at her "girlish" figure and thinks.. there is nothing that says 'sink' than this girth.

So-- that lead me to try to discover what kinds of dogs would be good for which kinds of exercise...? Enjoy.

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Positively Expert: Holly Firfer

Holly is an Emmy-nominated journalist and a correspondent for CNN. She is active in many charities and actively raises money for cancer research and animal shelters. Holly co-hosts the Positively Podcast and was featured in an episode of 'It's Me or the Dog'.


3 thoughts on “What Dog Breed is Right for Your Fitness Style?

  1. 2011CTSV

    Everything in that video was true, but to expand on it a bit as far as Siberian Huskies are concerned, you can also use them in non-snowy areas to pull scooters. There are a number of companies that make scooters specifically for dogs to pull them, mine is a Diggler, and the tugline hitch is placed relatively low on the scooter's frame to match up with the dog's height.

    I'm in Las Vegas where it usually doesn't snow but it does get down into the 40s and 30s in the winter, and my husky was ecstatic to get out in the cold air and pull, which is what he does best.


  2. Holly Firfer

    I LOVE Diggler! What a handsome boy!! I did not know Huskies did that- but it makes sense. I wish my dogs would do that-- but I fear I would end up needing help out of a ditch. I loved the video.. thanks for sharing!!!

  3. 2011CTSV

    Absolutely. Huskies, and Malamutes, are born pullers, I didn't train Rex to do this. Everything you see in this video is just Rex doing what comes naturally. So at least with the scooters, those of us in warmer climates can still give our huskies the exercise they're howling for. 🙂

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