Suddenly, people are doing squats and lunges while cradling their burly bulldogs, pudgy pugs and leggy Labs in their arms – and posting the videos to social media.
Holy Shih-Tzu, people. What’s going on?
“Squat Your Dog” — known as #squatyourdog on Instagram and Twitter — is the latest viral fitness craze. Dozens of videos have sprung up on social media in recent days.
According to Inside Edition, Alyssa Greene, a fitness buff and Air Force wife in Wichita Falls, Texas, inspired the craze when she posted an Instagram video of herself doing squats and lunges with her 70-pound golden retriever named Colonel in her arms.
“I’m sure there are plenty of videos of people squatting with their dogs, squatting with their pets,” she says in the video. “But I am a firm believer in there are not too many dog videos.”
Apparently America agreed with her.
Behold the Squat Your Dog phenomenon. The technique is simple: Hold your dog in your arms or hoist it onto your shoulders like a barbell. Then squat and lunge away.
Clearly, and not surprisingly, some dogs enjoy it more than others, which has prompted some people to add this disclaimer: No dogs were harmed in the making of this video.
Also not surprisingly, some vets are looking at all this fun with a wary eye. Squat wisely, they advise.
“My concern is, if you have a dog that is not very happy and tries to leap off your shoulders, there is a possibility that the dog can hurt itself,” Los Angeles veterinarian Jeff Werber told Inside Edition.