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!

About Us


My name is Audrey, I’m a veterinarian with 20 years experience in small animal practice. That makes me feel pretty old!

I have a passion for preventative health care and obesity management in dogs, and that includes regular exercise. It’s good for their body, and it’s good for their mind. It’s also great for your relationship with your dog. I also have an interest in dog behavioural problems and how to manage them.

I have trained and competed in dog agility, obedience and also dabbled in flyball and frisbee.

I run with my Australian Working Kelpie, Guinness. He’s an awesome dog. He can run forever, but being black, he does tend to get warm in the Queensland sun. He and I both love the trails, and we’re also lucky enough not to be too far from the seashore, and that too is a great place to run.



I’m Francis, I too have a solid background in dog training and obedience. I’ve been running for years, and I love ultra events on the trails. I am also an accredited athletics coach.

I run with Cinnabar, my Australian Cattle Dog. He tends towards being a bit curvy around the middle, so I need to keep up his exercise. He’s great company on a run.

Why not send us a note and introduce yourself. We’d love to share your dog’s journey to fitness and better health.

Thanks to Tim Miller from Dreamcoat Photography for the use of these images.