News Release

Contact:    Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services

1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)

Playing is essential to a dogs mental health

Play Fetch, Get Fit!

The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise joins the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the AVMA Auxiliary in celebrating National Pet Week May 2-8, 2010.

Florida, May 1, 2010 – National Pet Week was jointly founded in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the AVMA Auxiliary with a goal to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.  National Pet Week has become widely celebrated throughout the United States and this year’s theme is “Pets and People—Healthy Together.” As rates of obesity in the U.S. continues to rise so has the obesity rates for our dogs and cats so this theme was chosen to promote the importance of exercise for people and pets.

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 44% of dogs and 57% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese.  Animal and human obesity come with the same health risks.  Obesity among companion animals can lead to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and various cancers.

The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise is committed to improving the lives of our pets and their human companions through the life they share and recognizes the physical and emotional health benefits that companion animals and their owners provide each other every day.

Niki Tudge, founder of the DogSmith, says “National Pet Week” is an excellent opportunity to call upon your community and partner organizations to celebrate with appropriate ceremonies to acknowledge the importance of “Pets and People-Healthy Together.”

Tudge says, “Our pets provide us with so much joy and unconditional love we need to return their love by making sure they lead happy and healthy lives by properly training them, ensuring they get ample exercise and feeding them a quality diet.  Remember, if your dog is overweight, you need more exercise.  Keeping your dog fit can be great fun, anything from walks along the beach chasing a Frisbee™ or tennis ball to participating in organized fly-ball, agility or rally competitions.”

For tips on how you can participate in National Pet Week visit or contact your local DogSmith Certified Pet Care Expert.

About The DogSmith - The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about The DogSmith or to become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit or call 1-888-364-7648.