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
17

Product Review – Clicker Leash

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I’m a big fan of clicker training. It’s a great way of showing your dog exactly what you want, rather than checking him for doing what you don’t want. It’s also great fun.

The biggest issue I’ve had with clicker training is that I really need a third hand. One hand for the leash, one hand for the clicker and one hand for the treat. It can take practice to get things working smoothly especially when you’re just starting out with this training method.

The Clicker Leash solves this problem. It has a built in clicker in the handle, so you can easily click as you hold your dog’s leash, and treat with your free hand. I had a closer look at the Clicker Leash just last week.

First impressions – this is a sturdy, well made product. The handle is firm and comfortable, and the leash is strong although still soft and flexible. The setup is clever – the leash can be easily removed from the handle so you can add a leash of a different length. The Clicker Leash Company can supply leashes in different sizes from 1 foot to 9 feet, but the default leash that comes with the handle is 3 feet long.

The sound of the clicker is softer than the box type clicker I’m used to, but Guinness could still hear it easily enough, and it was so easy to click.

This leash really makes clicking and treating easy, and would be fantastic in a training situation either at home or at dog club. However, it had its challenges in a running situation.

I huff and puff while I run, and my feet make a thud on the ground. Guinness pants heavily. He didn’t seem to hear the click while we were running. Having said that,  running is not the time to train your dog, you should be training him to stay beside you before you start running, so that’s not at all relevant to the usefulness of this product.

The verdict: recommended. Click the image to visit the Clicker Leash Company on the web.

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