Why Run With Your Dog?

Personal training for dogs. You’re kidding, right? Actually, no, we’re not. Research suggests up to 40% of our dogs are overweight, and they suffer from the same health complications that overweight people do. Veterinarians (including myself) are becoming more and more concerned about the increase in joint pain, heart disease and other obesity related illnesses in dogs. Hence, Pooch to 5k. Dogs can’t lift weights, or use the gym. If you’re going to increase their fat burning, you need to increase the intensity of their exercise. This means that a daily stroll just won’t cut it any more, it’s too laid back. The Pooch to 5k program will help you get your dog from doing nothing much to comfortably running 5km, over a period of 12 weeks.

Because you’ll be running with your dog, you’ll also get a great workout three times a week, as you train yourself to run 5km. Why not subscribe to our dog health and fitness newsletter and grab your dog, and you’re ready to go!

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Book Review – Dieting with my Dog

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Dieting with my Dog is Peggy Frezon’s honest and heart-warming story of her journey from being overweight and unhealthy, to losing 20lbs and feeling great. She went from struggling to climb the internal stairs in her home to enjoying a hike in the countryside with her husband and her dog.

Speaking of her dog, Kelly, she too was carrying a few extra pounds around her middle that was cause for concern. By the end of the book, she had lost 15% of her body weight and was looking trim taut and terrific.

Written with a liberal dose of good humour and including colour photos of Peggy’s gorgeous family and the oh so pretty Kelly, this is a pleasant read. You’ll get to know Peggy and Kelly very well through the pages of this book. Peggy was up front about sharing the stern comments from her doctor and Kelly’s veterinarian about their love of food and curling up on the couch. Both dog and owner were heading down the slippery slope towards heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

When Peggy’s much loved cousin actually had a heart attack, she realised that she and her cousin were very alike, and she too was at risk of lifestyle related illness. Peggy also recognised that her choices were affecting her dog in the same way. It wasn’t going to be easy to change her lifestyle to a healthier one but “maybe I could do it for Kelly,” she said.

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It’s time for our blog post on our second K9 camp challenge, which was to play with balls in some way to improve your dog’s fitness. Guinness is ball crazy, so this was easy. Again, I wanted to try something a bit different, something other than tossing a tennis ball down the back yard for him to chase.

So, I thought we’d start training in Treibball, which is a dog sport using big gym balls. Guinness is an Australian Working Kelpie, so he is instinctively a herding dog. I figured since I’m not allowed to have sheep (eh, husband!), then he could learn to herd a ball. It doesn’t smell the same, and it doesn’t leave those yummy little pellets on the ground, but he can still chase it.

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Our first K9 Camp challenge was on this past week. Walking on Sunshine – aimed at getting us out there and walking more with our dogs.  This one was going to take a bit of thought. After all, we walk the dogs so often, and usually for a decent distance, there would be nothing different about the challenge if that was all we did. Our Walking on Sunshine had to be a bit special.

Then I had an idea. Mountain View Road!!! This road is about 20 minutes drive from home, and is part bitumen, part gravel but all difficult. It’s not a long climb but it’s really steep; it really gets the heart pumping and the leg muscles working hard. Whenever we want a hard workout, we go up Mountain View Road. We hadn’t been there for a while, and it was the perfect venue for our first challenge.

I grabbed my children, grabbed Guinness the Kelpie, and off we went.

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It’s Time for K9 Camp

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The Pooch to 5k folk are participating in the 2nd annual K9 Camp. What is K9 Camp? According to author Peggy Frezon, it’s an exciting opportunity to walk, play and get fit with your dog, and connect with other bloggers. Sounds like fun! We’ll be trying a new fitness challenge each week, and letting you know how we get on.

There are a couple of reasons why we’re doing this. Firstly, we’re always open to learning about new ways of getting fit and staying healthy with our dogs. The challenges will give us the chance to have a go at something different, something other than going for a run.

Also, it’s always great to hang out with like minded folk, and we’re hoping we get to know others who are as interested in dog health and fitness as we are.

Why don’t you head on over to Peggy’s Pet Place and Kol’s Notes and read about the challenges in K9 camp, and have a go with your dog? If you do, we’d love to hear about how you’re getting on.

The first challenge is issued on Friday, US time. Bring it on!

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Run with your Dog 2012

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This morning found the Pooch team at the 4.9km Run with your Dog fun run, which aimed to raise funds for Guide Dogs Queensland. The venue was the lovely Roma Street Parklands. We were thrilled to see a fun run specifically organised to include dogs and their owners.

It wasn’t too warm when the race started at 7.30am, but by the time we finished, Guinness was starting to feel the heat a bit. There was no starting gun, which I thought was a great idea, for the dogs’ sake. The starter just yelled “Go!”. Francis and I followed a couple of faster runners out of the starting area but unbeknownst to us, some cyclists had removed the traffic cones that outlined the race course. So, we ended up following the others in the wrong direction.

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Product Review – The Buddy System

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I’ve never been a big fan of hands free leashes/waist running belts for running with Guinness. To be honest, the idea scared me – he’s strong and fast and I had visions of myself flying through the air after him, or having the world’s worst rope burn around my middle.

One of our forum readers (thanks Crankygoat!) mentioned in a thread that he used the Buddy System. I had a look and noticed they had a bungee attachment, aptly named the Lunge Buster, and I wondered if that would make any difference.

The only way to find out was to try one!

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