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
14

K9 Camp Challenge 4 – Kampers Choice

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Here we are at the end of the K9 Camp challenges, and this one is just about what we do to keep fit with our dogs. It’s easy to tell that we run with them, anywhere from 5km to a half marathon. We run on roads and footpaths but we much prefer trails. We run in groups of dogs and  their owners, or just with our own four legged best friend.

So, why do we run with our dogs?

 

  1. It keeps their weight under control.
  2. The endorphin rush they get after a run evens out their temperaments, and it genuinely seems to make them happy and relaxed. Research has shown that dogs don’t get this rush with just a walk.
  3. Those big brown eyes make us feel guilty if we don’t, so we go out and run which is good for our health.
  4. Taking our dogs out running, and entering fun runs with them will hopefully encourage others to do the same. This can only be a good thing.
  5. We get to enjoy our dog’s company while running in some awfully pretty spots. The pic accompanying this post is from the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run which, incidentally, we’re running in on Sunday.

Can you think of any more good reasons why running with your dog is worth doing? Even more importantly, can you think of any reason why you shouldn’t?



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5 Comments

1

Endorphins, huh? It’s good to know that running them can calm them afterwards too. :) It’s been fun kamping with you!
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2

My dog has never enjoyed running with me (she would much rather sniff around!) Have fun at your run on Sunday!!

3

Have a great run! We enjoyed Kamping with you all! :)

4

There are a lot of fun runs here that I’d love to participate in but I have yet to find one that allows dogs. It makes me sad because I think she would love it.

I hope you have a great time this weekend!

5

I started off running with Rakker because the pubescent beagle clearly had too much energy for my mother in law.

But soon I enjoyed his excitement when he saw me arriving in my running outfit, and now I also enjoy the positive response from other people when they see Rakker and me running together.

Rakker has become my permanent running partner for my endurance runs in the weekend.

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