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 Running Buddy of the Month

We’re a bit early for our December running buddy, but I was just so impressed with Charlie the West Highland White Terrier, I had to post his story. Charlie lives in Yorkshire, England and has a personal best for the half marathon (21.1km) of 1 hour 44 minutes.  His owner, Adam Abel, wrote this post.

Charlie is about 2.5 years old. We re-homed him in summer 2010 when he was 1. How the previous owners could gave him up I have no idea, as he’s just the cutest and well behaved little bundle of energy. I think that’s probably where the problem lay though, as he has a LOT of energy, so needs a LOT of exercise to burn it off. Sure, he will sleep all day if you let him but after a couple of days he goes stir crazy sat around the house.

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We haven’t had a running buddy of the month for a little while. Given the achievements of this lovely black and white boy, it’s time to revive this category.

Bobbie is a Border Collie owned by Jacquie Gibson. He and his sister were surrendered to the vet surgery where Jacqui works, when they were only 6 weeks old.  Sparkles found a home on the land, and Bobbie went to live with the Gibson family in Rothwell.

Even though Bobbie was well socialised in puppy pre-school and obedience classes, he grew up to be quite anxious, and fearful of other dogs. He would snap at them because he was frightened, and would glue himself to Jacquie’s leg.

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Introducing Linc, the Hungarian Visla who runs with El Fischer, from Queeensland, Australia.

This isn’t his best look (look at those flying flews!), but Linc is a lean mean running machine. He’s had quite a bit of time off in the last 12 months, as his family has been adapting to life with new babe Myla. Both Linc and El are looking forward to getting back out there and getting their fitness back.

What a great looking Running Buddy of the Month.

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Girl is a gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog, who runs with her owner Jen, of Narangba, QLD, Australia.

I’ve had the pleasure of Girl’s company on a foreshore run, and she likes nothing better than to have a dip in the ocean when she gets a bit hot. Even Guinness doesn’t mind her coming along with us, and he does prefer to be the centre of attention.

Girl has been training with Jen quite a lot lately, as Jen is planning a half marathon in September. They’re both looking great!

Look forward to running with you again soon, Girl.

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Starchen Brown, and his owner Liz, from Redcliffe, QLD, Australia. Liz and Starchen started the Pooch to 5k program earlier this year and, after a short interval to help with a dog rescue,  are now up to week 8 of the program.

Starchen is looking great! He’s got a nice tuck to his tummy, and Liz says he’s really loves to go out running. Gotta love that ear!

Kudos to Liz for sticking with the program, she’s rapt to have lost 12kg so far, and they’re both having a ball. Starchen is a very deserving running buddy for June.

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