A third of dog owners aren’t aware of their dog’s genetic make-up, exercise needs and limitations

By Richard Jenkins
Saturday, 22nd January 2022, 9:02 am
Updated Saturday, 22nd January 2022, 9:34 am

A new study of 1,000 dog owners in the UK found that of the 80% of pet parents planning to exercise with their dogs, over a quarter admit to not knowing the correct exercises for their dog’s breed.

However, with over half of dog owners claiming to feel much more motivated and likely to exercise for longer or harder when with their dog, a set of new ‘Doggy Walkouts’ has been designed to get both dogs and their humans fit together for life.

It is hoped the workouts will help dog loving humans beat the January blues whilst getting their dogs match fit for the year ahead.

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Workouts with your dog designed by experts

With exercise needs for different breeds varying greatly, the ‘Doggy Walkouts’ have been devised by vet experts at Wisdom Panel and Personal Trainer Luke Worthington, to maximise time spent together outdoors, giving human and hound a series of moves to torch the calories together. 

Through deep breed-based knowledge acquired through testing millions of dogs’ DNA, the workouts bring together the estimated 221+ pedigree and mixed breeds in the UK into five categories and are based around three core exercises.

Designed for a bonding and energetic workout whatever the time available with minimal props required, they take into account the most suitable and effective exercises for categories as diverse as ‘Little Legs’, ‘Snub Nosed and Sensitive’ and ‘Powerful and Muscular’.  

Luke Worthington, head trainer for the ITV Series Harry’s Heroes and pet parent of Bob The Pug said: “Your dog makes for the perfect workout buddy. They’re loyal, your No1 champion, never judgmental, are tireless and have been shown to boost serotonin levels.

“Not only that, they’re likely stronger than you, definitely faster than you and always up for going outside for fresh air and exercise.

“That’s why I’ve worked with Wisdom Panel to build the Doggy Walkouts based around your dog’s breed specific needs.

“So grab your pooch, head to the park and try these simple exercises to get a sweat on whilst doing your dog a favour too.

Dr. Annette Louviere, Veterinarian at Wisdom Panel commented: “As well as providing a serious physical workout, the Doggy Walkouts have been designed with mental wellbeing in mind, to unleash an even greater bond between dog and owner.

“And a dog’s breed is one of the biggest factors in predicting the amount of exercise they need yet only 1 in 3 of us can say we know this. Luckily, a dog’s ancestry can be unlocked by a simple DNA test with reporting precision down to 1% to determine the right mix of exercise for them amongst many other useful insights - like vital genetic information on key health markers.

“With 12 million dog owners now in Britain we urge people to challenge their assumptions and give their dogs a voice through the data which in turn helps ensure happier and healthier dogs for years to come.

“Always make sure to discuss your fitness and lifestyle habits with a vet before embarking on a new training program or implementing a new exercise routine with your dog. And always make sure that your dog is well hydrated and has access to ample shade in hot weather.”