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.
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“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.