Did you know that April is National Canine Fitness Month and is celebrated every year in the US to "bring awareness to canine obesity and remind everyone to keep their dog active and fit".

Canine fitness refers to the physical activity and exercise dogs need to stay healthy. Just like humans, dogs that lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk of developing health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Regular exercise can help dogs maintain a healthy weight and live longer happy lives.

Elementary kids can play an important role in promoting and creating more awareness about canine fitness by educating themselves and others. By doing so, they can help ensure that dogs in their communities stay healthy, happy, and active.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 2-3 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to explore the different ways to keep our canine friends healthy and fit and also take note of unhealthy symptoms.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Recognizing common health symptoms in dogs: By knowing what to look for, they can alert their parents or veterinarians if they suspect their dog is sick.
  2. Understanding basic dog nutrition: Elementary kids can learn about essential dog nutrition, including the types of food dogs should eat, how much they should eat, and how often they should eat.
  3. Learn more about the role of veterinarians: They can also learn about the importance of regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventive care to help keep their dogs healthy.

Let's start learning!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

Research and learn more about canine health and fitness. Here's a quick and fun video about how to help your dog live a healthier (and happier) life:

Here's video to watch before you bring home your new puppy:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 4 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Canine Health Tips Sheet with Prompts
  • 1 Canine Health Tips Sheet Template
  • 1 Canine Health Warning Signs Sheet
  • 1 Healthty Dog Research Poster Sheet

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