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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The Benefits of Shelter Dog Running

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If you’d love to be involved in the care of shelter dogs but aren’t able to adopt or volunteer as a staff member, shelter dog running may be perfect for you. There aren’t many of us who wouldn’t benefit from a little extra exercise, and dogs are no exception. The problem is that many shelter dogs don’t get the exercise they need – and that’s where you come in!

Studies have shown that shelter dogs that get exercise and interaction with people on a regular basis tend to be calmer when prospective adopters come to see them, which may make them more likely to be taken home.

There are a number of programs across the US that encourage runners to take shelter dogs for a run. Whether you’re a keen runner or just want to get outside more, shelters are looking for volunteers to pair with some of their well behaved dogs. The runs are usually group based, at least to start with, so you’ll be teamed up with other volunteers and at least one shelter staff member to make sure everything goes smoothly. Even if you don’t live in the US, it’s worth approaching your local shelter to see if you can borrow a running buddy. One Australian runner did just that, and loves running with her shelter dog.

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Certain things inspire my dog, and certain things don’t.  Can you guess what he likes?

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SPI Belt Lead with Pocket

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I recently saw the SPI Belt Dog Lead with Pocket at the Brisbane Twilight Half Marathon’s race expo, and straight away I thought it was a great idea.  An elastic zippered bag attached to the side of a dog lead for carrying, according to them, keys, phone, and cash; according to me, essential dog needs of poo bags, treat, and maybe wrapped up dog waste.  With one of these, there should be no excuses for the “forgetfulness” curse that plagues many dog walkers and runners, where they seem to never take bags with them when they go out with their dog.

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On Sunday 18 March 2012 Audrey and I did something no-one else in Brisbane has done, as far as we know.  We took our dogs Guinness and Cinnabar into the Twilight Half Marathon.  OK, so maybe it’s not up there with Kathrine Switzer’s first running of the Boston Marathon, but for us, it represents a big step on the road to getting dogs accepted as runners, and racers too.

The week’s weather was rainy and humid.  We were a little worried about running with the boys – Guinness and Cinnabar – in rain for 21.1 kilometres, not because of the cold or water in our eyes, but because the dogs foot pads would be softened by exposure to water and may have been more prone to cuts, glass, or splinters.  However the rain held off for the latter part of Sunday so with leads in hand we headed off to the wilds of St Lucia.

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Ultra Running and Dogs

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This is a guest post from our running buddy of the month, Sandra from the UK, who runs with her Huskies. You can read more about her dog and her running here.

The day I met Kez for the first time was the day I dared believe that I had finally met my future ultra running partner.  Fast forward four years and Kez has proven himself to be far more than just a long distance training partner….

Kez, has achieved world wide fame for his running exploits with me.  From sub five minute miles to over 50 mile races over mountains, he has helped me become a better person and a better runner just by sharing time together doing what we love and what gives us so much pleasure.  The simple act of running, lots of running!

I was already an accomplished and self trained ultra runner before Kez joined the dog family.  The family at that time consisted of three other huskies, varying in age from 7 to 13.  All ran every day, different distances and different speeds.

With Kez I has one simple plan, help him become an ultra running husky using my knowledge of huskies and my own experience of teaching myself about running very long distances.

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They know…

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know where the end is

So the other night I went for a run with Sinner (Rediron Cynosure, or Cinnabar if he’s been naughty).

As I have a big run coming up, I decided not to go too far with him.  He’s capable of a half marathon, and habitually I do a very hilly 12km with him around Mt Mee.  Around home we generally do a 10km loop – it’s pretty flat and quiet and doesn’t involve any running over the same path twice.

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