Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: Puppy Fitness (puppies through 2 years, recommended exercise)

Puppy Fitness That Fits The Puppy: Age Appropriate Exercise Guidelines, by Jane Killion (Madcap University Press, 12 pages [8 ½ by 11 inches] 2015, $5.95/Kindle $4.75)

For You and You and You - Every You!

Are you a dog breeder, a trainer, an owner? Do you have a puppy or a dog under two years old? If so, Puppy Fitness is for you.

I took Puppy Fitness to my Puppy Class and one student liked it so much she said she was going to send a copy to her breeder to put in all his puppy packs.

The Content

In the first few pages, Jane Killion explains why certain activities may be too much for puppy bones plus she gives general guidelines for pups with a scientifically complete and easy-to-understand explanation using excellent graphics throughout.

Then comes the “piece de resistance”: a multi-page chart of activities* as well as exercise types (including tugging, swimming, noodling, and jumping) for all the different ages** of puppyhood. Although the chart is based on more than 30 years of experience with bull terriers, the recommendations generally are applicable to most types of dogs but check with your veterinarian to be sure.

Even though the entire content of Puppy Fitness can be found on, I am not at all surprised to hear that so many people want their own hard copy - or two. I have three-hole punched my booklet and keep it with my dog training materials for puppy classes and basic dog classes. And some reviewers have mentioned that several of the recommendations do not change for a couple of the ages of puppyhood: that is to be expected!

Very definitely worth more than the price!
*also running, chasing, fast turns, free play, etc.

**8-12 weeks, 12-16 weeks, 4-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months. Each page is a different color but each can be read easily and it is easy, therefore, to remember how old your puppy is by the color!

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