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!

May
29

Pick Up That Poo!

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I remember when I finished The Lakes College Fun Run last year, a gentleman came up to me and congratulated me for picking up Guinness’s poo during the race. I thought that was really nice of him. I have a major issue with people who leave dog poo around, and I’m a dog owner. It must be even less popular with those who aren’t into dogs.

There is nothing worse than scrubbing dog poo from between the ridges on the soles of your running shoes! But that’s the least of your worries. Dog poo can be a source of illness. It can be a source of tapeworm infection in people, which can cause blindness and brain damage. It may also harbour hookworm larvae which are also not very pleasant if we should become infected. Dog poo may also spread infections such as Giardia.

It is estimated that over 4 million tons of dog poo makes its way into America’s waterways each year. This is not good for the environment!

When you lace up your running shoes and grab your dog’s lead, pop a few small plastic bags in your pocket. If your dog has a poo, pick it up and put it in the next bin. This will not only be good for the environment but if people notice dog owners being responsible, dogs may be more welcome in the community.

Categories : General

2 Comments

1

I am a diligent poop picker upper! I have also had people comment when they see me pick up after my dogs, especially on the main street in my town.

I have had the unpleasant experience in stepping an dog poop at the Wiggle Waggle Walkathon (5K walk to raise $$ for the Humane Society) and I was not impressed at all.

Poop left behind also poses a risk to our dogs, they can catch nasty parasites

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It is awful! My friend Le-Anne has a habit of stepping in poop that is smack in the middle of the path, so easy to see but she still steps right in the middle of it :-)

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