That Mutt’s 21-day dog walking and training challenge #ActiveMutts

Are you ready to commit to walking and training your dog more regularly?

I decided to create a fun, motivational 21-day dog walking and dog training challenge.

It starts Jan. 12 and goes through Sunday Feb. 1.

Here’s how it works. There are prizes too!

1. Choose a distance to walk your dog every day for 21 days. For example, 2 miles or 60 minutes. Choose a distance to challenge yourself while being realistic.

2. Choose one small training goal to work on during at least 5 minutes of your walk, e.g., work on heeling using treats or practice down and stay in new areas.

3. Share your goals and progress! (More on that below.)

That’s it!

You can participate in the challenge as much as you’d like, but I encourage you to stick to 21 days in a row of walking and training.

Win some prizes!

Once a week (Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1) I’ll be choosing one participant to win a prize. It will be something fun and simple like a bag of dog treats or a dog toy. Must have a U.S. mailing address to win.

To enter, just share something about the challenge any time by:

1. leaving a comment on any of the challenge blog posts (such as this very post!)

2. emailing a photo of your active mutt on a walk to

3. posting a pic of your active mutt on a walk to That Mutt’s Facebook page or

4. posting about the challenge on Twitter using #ActiveMutts

You in?

The prizes are just for fun, obviously. The real reward is spending time with your dog and accomplishing your own small goals.

Black Lab mix wearing a rainbow striped collar

So here’s my own goal:

Walk my dog Ace for 2 miles every day. During those 2 miles, we’ll practice heeling, especially around other dogs. I will be carrying treats and stopping if he pulls ahead.

Yes, my dog is almost 9 years old and walking without pulling is still a work in progress.

What’s your goal?

Just fill in the blank:

“I plan to walk for ____ miles/mins with my dog every day and work on ___ during the walk.”

Do you plan to take part in the #ActiveMutts challenge?

Don’t forget to sign up for my email updates here. You’ll hear from me about twice per month with my tips about dog training and general life with dogs.

FitDog Friday

I decided to join the FitDog Friday Blog Hop, which is a way for bloggers to share and find new fitness ideas. Visit the blogs below for more fitness tips for you and your dog.

32 thoughts on “That Mutt’s 21-day dog walking and training challenge #ActiveMutts”

  1. Thanks for the challenge!

    I plan to walk for 75 minutes with my dog every day and work on her paying more attention to me while passing other dogs during the walk.

  2. Great challenge! I plan on walking my dog for at least 60 minutes a day and be less strict with him during our walks. I will stop and practice some tricks during our walk, focusing on making it fun for Hiccup.

  3. Pawsome, we’ll join just for since since we obviously don’t qualify for the prize HAHA!

    “I plan to walk 10,000 steps with my dog every day and work on [running with dog] during the walk.”

  4. I plan to walk for 30 min and work on heeling with Callie. She is a rat terrier I rehomed at age 7. She was never walked because she pulled. With a Halti, she is so so much better, but still reactive to other dogs. I have had greyhounds for 20 years. It has been a challenge to have a terrier. I have had her for 18 months. It took almost that long for her to acknowledge me as the leader of the pack. Stubborn girl. She came with no manners: grab that sausage right off the plate in your lap, snatch the treat out of the other dog’s mouth, jump up on people as they enter the house, take a few fingers with the treats,. She now respects me, but no one else. Definitely a work in progress.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Haha! Oh, Callie. She sounds like a lot of fun. Congrats on making so much progress with her. I’m sure she’s adorable, as challenging as she may be at times!

  5. I am so excited about this challenge! Walking and training my humongous chocolate lab, Hershey, was a goal I already planned on working on this year and this will make it more fun! Hershey walks great with a halti so we will make it our goal to walk five laps (about 2 miles) around our favorite park at least five days a week. I will aim for seven but know that with life and three kids and a husband, sometimes everyday is not possible. For training I will work on commands he already knows plus not reacting to other dogs. We might even be able to get other dog friends to walk with us sometimes. The end of the challenge might be a little more difficult since he is scheduled to be neutered on Jan. 28. (He is 11 months old and I am so tired of the raging teenage dog hormones!) I’m sure it won’t keep him down much, though!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      So glad you’re joining us! I’m sure he’ll love going for those walks and working on training too!

  6. As you know, we think this is a great idea. This time of year so many humans slack off and need some type of motivation. Not sure if we will actually join but we all walk/run 4-6 miles a day 365 days a year with the exception of a week like this one where the below zero temps limit outdoor time to maybe just 2-3 miles a day. Breaks are a good thing, though. We have it bookmarked and will see what we decide.

  7. Hi Y’all!

    That sounds like my life since I came to live with my Humans at 14 months. I’ll be 9 in March. My Humans say I’m really so good that they only have photos of weather or blurry photos to post for me on many Mischief Monday.

    I have a question. Isn’t that the purpose of all this daily work and play? To have the perfect dog? Me.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. Thanks for the challenge! With the below 0 wind chills, right now our only goal is to get out and walk every day–right now, that’s been limited to about .5 miles at a time (which we’ve been trying to do 2 or 3 times a day), but we have our yearly goal of 1100 miles by the end of the year that we’re working towards 🙂 We try to incorporate lots of different training goals into our walks to keep them interesting, so we usually do things like “watch” when there are dogs or other animals around and sitting and staying at intersections. Good luck with your goals!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh gosh, I remember those temps so well 🙂 Just getting out for 5 mins was challenging at times when I lived in North Dakota.

  9. I’ll join! Ranger and I will walk 45 minutes a day, seven days a week. We easily do that in better weather, but it is a challenge on weekdays in January. He is a pretty good walker on the leash, but gets terribly excited around cars, so that’s what we will be working on. Every time he looks at me instead of the car going by us, he gets a treat. We go through a lot of treats on our walks!

  10. Awesome challenge idea! Apologies for the late feedback, but the pups & I would like to join 🙂 We’ll commit to walking at least 2-3 miles every day, even when it’s cold out!

  11. I’m very late to the party, but I’m definitely in. Baxter gets two walks a day without fail. The training part is where we don’t do as well. So for my part of the challenge, I plan to walk for at least 30 minutes a day with Baxter every day (weather permitting) and work on recall during the walks

  12. I silently joined you guys near the beginning of the challenge with my goals being walking 45
    + min a day during daylight hours and working on leash reactivity.

    I love the extra motivation but the weather… I cant decide what’s been worse – the record breaking cold temps of 2 weeks ago or ‘snowmageddon’. 😉

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