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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.


Tuesday 27th of January 2015

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'. ;)

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 27th of January 2015

I'm so glad you joined! :) Thanks for your comment.

Julia at Home on 129 Acres

Saturday 17th of January 2015

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

Lindsay Stordahl

Sunday 18th of January 2015

Oh I'm glad you're joining. It's never too late.

Barbara Rivers

Tuesday 13th of January 2015

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!

Lindsay Stordahl

Sunday 18th of January 2015

So glad you'll be joining us!

2 Brown Dawgs

Monday 12th of January 2015

Sounds like a great challenge. I have to admit that walking in winter is a challenge for us. :)

Diane @ To Dog With Love

Saturday 10th of January 2015

Great challenge! We love the idea of a training activity too. There are so many things we work on while walking and not barking at other dogs that pass is a big one! Thanks for joining the hop!

Lindsay Stordahl

Saturday 10th of January 2015

Of course! It's a fun hop!