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!


Product Review – Canny Collar


Guinness pulls when we run. It doesn’t matter that he’s been obedience trained, he’s so enthusiastic he just can’t help himself. He runs on a Gentle Leader head collar which helps. When I saw the Canny Collar online, I thought it was worth a go.

The instructions on how to measure your dog to get the right size were easy enough, and it arrived very quickly from The Canny Co in Victoria, Australia. It wasn’t difficult to put on, and Guinness didn’t mind wearing it.

The pro’s? It does reduce the pulling a little. When Guinness pulls, the tension is behind his head rather than pulling his head around which may hurt his neck. That’s the most important part to me, because I worry about the twisting on his neck.

The con’s? Because the leash is attached to the back of his head, you can’t “steer” him as well as you can with a head collar. However, that’s no different to the effects of a regular collar.

I don’t think there’s any magic leash, collar or other appliance to stop a dog pulling, but I do think the Canny Collar is much less likely to lead to a sore neck, and that makes it a keeper in my book. Click the graphic to check out their website.

The Canny Company

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I had bought a similar head collars for my JRT’s 2 years ago. They never pulled with it. I really only had to use it on them a couple times. Now with just a regular collar on, they walk great, Mia will usually try to get up ahead, but her leash is loose, and I can easily get her to heel with no problem.

I found the piece that went over the nose, sometimes got up too close to their eys for my likeing.


I find the same thing with Guinness, the nose strap can rub a little bit too. I’m just about to trial a different type of halter, so keep an eye out for that.

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