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!

Code Of Conduct for Running With Dogs

  • Obey local Laws. We need to be seen to be doing the right thing.  Only then will dogs be allowed more places.
  • Obey Race Directors. They need to see us doing the right thing.  Only then will dogs be allowed into more events.
  • You should run with your dog on a lead, except in designated dog off-leash areas.  This is important for many reasons.
    • Your dog’s safety is greater if it is under your control or in an area set aside for dog activities.
    • If your dog is a nuisance you lower the opinion people have of all dog owners.
    • Your liability for accidents or incidents that may happen is increased if you allow your dog out of your control.
  • Work to your dog’s capacity. Running with your dog is not when you set a best time for that hilly ten kilometre loop. It’s when you bond with a furry friend and spend some quality time together.
  • Pick up after your dog.  No-one can claim to enjoy this task but it’s a fact of life. Dogs need to relieve their bowels, and often the need occurs during a run.  Droppings attract flies and make a mess of paths and parks. Everyone will notice if you pick up or you don’t.
  • Work to avoid confrontation: dog to dog, dog to people, dog to other creatures. If you see trouble coming up, try to deflect it, defuse the situation, and dodge problems before they arise.
  • If you’re in doubt about your dog’s wellbeing, stop running. In hot weather particularly, dogs can get distressed and dangerously unwell before we are even feeling uncomfortable ourselves. Don’t judge your dog by how well you feel, try and observe how well your dog feels.