AWS Canine Fitness Club

An official AKC FIT DOG club

AWS Canine Fitness Club

We work hard on our fitness skills in the classroom to help our dogs stay safe in the “real world.” Let’s not waste those skills. Let’s get outside!

Starting in the Spring of 2022 Assembly of the Wandering Shepherd will start hosting outdoor walking events.

We have plenty of spectacular places to go on short (and long) walks near our city. It’s easy to find ourselves too busy to get outside, even when it’s something we really want to do. That’s where the AWS Canine Fitness Club can help. We will create, post, and promote a walking schedule. (Sometimes it’s just easier to find the inspiration when we have something on the calendar already.)

Initially we will have two short (1 mile) walks every week on the schedule. We will add walks based upon the needs/wants of the club members.

Because this is a club event, and not an educational class, these walks will be free for everyone who wants to join us.

Why Walk?

Walking is a great addition to any fitness plan - for humans and dogs. When we add an outdoor element we challenge our proprioception skills in ways that we can only try to mimic in the classroom. Walking in nature also helps create endorphins that can help us feel better emotionally. Humans with their great vision and dogs with their impressive olfactory skills will reap immense rewards from an outdoor walk/hike.

Executive Summary from Step It Up!: Surgeon General’s Call to Action

AKC FIT DOG Club

Now more than ever, fitness is important for both dogs and people. The most commonly recommended exercise to improve fitness is walking. Walking is considered a safe activity that improves muscular strength, circulation, memory, weight loss, increases energy, helps with sleep, and reduces stress. The American Heart Association recommends walking a minimum of 150 minutes per week. Participation in the AKC FIT DOG program will bring health benefits to both you and your dog.

If you walk with your dog on a regular basis, join the ranks of AKC FIT DOG and get your free (5-3/4 inches) FIT DOG logo car magnet.

The AKC FIT DOG magnet proudly declares to the world that you are committed to your dog’s health and fitness through regular exercise.

In partnership with Pet Partners of Portland

Walk With Me is a special initiative within the Therapy Animal Program for teams who would like to help promote physical activity within their community by inviting others to go walking with their registered therapy animal. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action, together with a body of research that supports the benefits of walking with animals, makes it clear that walking is yet another way that Pet Partners therapy animal teams can enhance human health and well-being through animal-assisted interventions (AAI).

Robynn and her dog Schatzi are a registered therapy dog team with Pet Partners. They would love for humans to join us even if they do not have a dog!

These walking events are completely free. We ask everyone to follow basic guidelines to keep everyone safe. (Those guidelines will be provided to participants who join us.)

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