Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound
How you and your dog can lose weight, stay fit and have fun together.

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ & Rebecca A. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN


A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk and never judgmental.  The human-companion animal bond is a great way to help you and your dog lose weight or stay fit.  When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash.


As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70% of Americans and 50% of dogs are overweight or obese, resulting in staggering health care costs and suffering.  The causes, consequences, and treatment for overweight and obesity are strikingly similar in people and dogs.


The book helps you move from a food-centered relationship with dogs, to an exercise-centered relationship.  Even better, you don’t have to own a dog to do this!  The book gives several creative suggestions to exercise or walk a dog even if you do not or cannot have one.


The book is designed for dog lovers, dog owners and families. It will also help professionals working to fight obesity and promote fitness (e.g. physicians, veterinarians, physical therapists).  Dog-walking can easily be implemented in neighborhoods, parks, workplaces, animal shelters, hospitals, retirement homes and obesity clinics. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound presents guidelines for dog walking based on sound science.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Dog walking: the ideal activity for fitness and weight loss


Chapter 2. Know the health numbers for you and your dog


Chapter 3. Why getting fit is so important for your and your dog


Chapter 4. Dog walking, step by step


Chapter 5. Outfitting for fitness


Chapter 6. Hate walking? Here are other great activities with your dog

Chapter 7. Get help from the pros


Chapter 8. Start something big!

Chapter 9. Create new patterns

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