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!

Jun
12

Book Review – The Culture Clash

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This book will open your eyes!  You may be horrified to learn that your sweet fluffy canine companion doesn’t cuddle up to you because he loves you, and he doesn’t chew your slippers to get revenge for leaving him at home. Nope. Dogs basically do things or don’t do things because there is something in it for them. Not for love. Not out of defiance. Not for revenge.

That may be hard to get your head around, and should make you stop and think about how you interact with your dog. Do you come home and get angry at your dog if he has chewed the furniture while you were out? He doesn’t connect your anger with the furniture, all he sees is his beloved master coming home and yelling at him. That’s not good for your relationship at all!

Similarly, if your dog doesn’t sit when he is told, is he being defiant? Not at all, there’s just nothing in it for him. Yelling and punishment will probably make your dog do it, but he’s doing it because he’s scared of you. Not good for your relationship either.

This book explains that if your dog doesn’t do as you ask, he’s not being defiant or even “dominant”, he might just not understand what you want. It also shows you how your dog’s mind works, and how you can train him to do what you want using only positive methods.

This is one of my favourite dog training books and should be on the bookshelf of every dog owner.

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2 Comments

1

Culture Clash is a great book that really revolutionized the way many dog owners thought about their dogs and training. Another excellent book is “The Other End of the Leash” by Patricia McConnell. It explores how OUR behaviors affect our dogs.

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Yep, I agree, I also have Patricia McConnell’s book. There are some very astute trainers out there and the information they share benefits all of us and our dogs. Thanks for commenting.

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