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 – the I-Knead


If your dog is active, then it’s likely that his muscles ache just as much as yours after a tough running session, and he too would enjoy a rub down. Even in the canine couch potato, massage has its place. It can help him recuperate after surgery, and improve his mobility as he ages.

Massage doesn’t just make your dog feel good, it can reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in his body, and increase the “feel-good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

The I-Knead will help you to effectively massage and relax your dog’s muscles.

This is a neat little massage unit that fits easily into the palm of your hand. Designed right here in Queensland for human bodies, it works very well on dog bodies too. It consists of a patented ball bearing system which allows you to move the massager smoothly in all directions and a resin ball which is removable and easy to clean. The I-Knead is made from durable materials so it will stand up to regular use and will last for years.

It’s very straightforward to use the I-Knead: roll it in small circles on your dog’s muscles, or use it in a long stroking motion. You can vary the pressure, but let your dog be your guide. If he seems uncomfortable, then ease off a little.

The I-Knead is designed to be used with massage oils, as they can be trickled into the hole in the top and the moving ball will spread the oil over the muscles as you rub. This feature is more useful for human muscles. If you do want to use a cream or lotion on your dog, then check with your vet before you do so. Don’t use anything  that isn’t registered for dogs because he will lick anything applied to his skin, and some massage creams may make him sick.

Priced at $29.99 plus shipping for a medium unit, the I-Knead will be appreciated by dogs of all ages and activity levels.

Click here to purchase the I-Knead. 

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