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!

Archive for Dog Friendly Runs

Sep
21

Cani-Cross

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I have been reading a bit about Cani-Cross lately, a great running dog sport that is popular in the United Kingdom.

Cani-cross is cross-country running with your dog for all breeds, any size, big or small. In the UK there are organized events and races for you and your dog(s) to run together.

The running can be done with a conventional collar and lead but it is easier for you and your dog if you use a cani-cross belt for you, a cani-cross harness for your dog and a cani-cross bungee elastic lead connecting you and your dog. The belt means that your arms can swing freely and naturally; the harness is attached to the dog’s powerful chest rather than its neck and the elasticity of the lead absorbs sudden surges by the dog.

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Jul
06

Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run Race Report

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Caloundra foreshore fun run is definitely one of my favourite fun runs, not only is the event dog friendly it also is one of the most scenic runs I have been to. Starting at Jensen Park Pelican waters and along the Esplanade, passing Golden beach, Kings beach, Shelley beach and ending at Moffat and Dicky beach you truly get to see the best of Caloundra in all its beauty!

A gorgeous sunny day had me and Girl (Blue heeler) running at a nice steady pace and stopping for many drinks at the stations provided. My absolute favourite view of this run is approaching the finish line on the top of the hill near Moffat beach. I couldn’t help myself I had to stop and take a picture.

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Jul
01

Woodford Fun Run

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The Woodford Fun Run is put on by the Anglican Parish of Woodford and Kilcoy.  With so much obesity around, and poor health on the increase, it’s refreshing to find a social  group raising money by encouraging people and their dogs to be active and have a run, rather than spend money and eat chocolate.

Starting from the back of the church hall of Saint Matthias’, Woodford, the fun run heads down a short decline before pushing gradually up a series of little hills for two and a half kilometres.  It then heads back down a big hill, before closing with a return run up the first downhill. Read More→

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Apr
24

Wild Horse Criterium

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The second annual Wild Horse Criterium was held on Easter Sunday, April 24.  With distances of 50, 30, and 10 km on offer there was something on offer for almost every human or dog runner.

A run which winds its way through the forestry plantation around the base of scenic Wild Horse Mountain, this entirely off-road experience welcomes dogs into all events.  There were many canine entrants in the 10 km event, with our own Guinness, Sherbet, Tiger and Sinner taking part, as well as a couple of dogs in the 50 km event – Bengal and Ebony.  No dogs toed the line in the 30 km event, but maybe next year there will be a starter or two.

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Aug
16

The Lakes College Fun Run – Race Report

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This is a race report from Jen Da Silva, owner of Girl.

Our first North Lakes run, and what an event it was! It’s great to see dog friendly runs out there!

Girl and I started at the back of the group and ran through a scenic 10km course along the North Lakes pathways.

We passed the Golf course and lagoons filled with bird wild life. The course had a nice feel to it with large pathways which were beautifully landscaped with bush and native plants.

The weather was great, a nice clear day although it did heat up quickly, Girl had stopped for a few swims along the way to cool off!

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Jul
12

Guinness Hits the Trails

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A few weekends ago, Francis and I, and our two big dogs, Guinness and Cinnabar, went for a trail run at the Glasshouse Mountains, about half an hour north of where we live. Many parts of Glasshouse are national park, and dogs aren’t permitted there, but there is enough state forest where we can take the dogs on a leash.

It was a lovely cool morning with a drizzle of rain and some low cloud as we set out. Our plan was to run two loops of trail that were in a figure 8, then go for coffee and brunch afterwards. I was glad it wasn’t too hot, Guinness doesn’t like the heat.

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