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!


Caring for your Dog’s Feet


Unlike us, dogs don’t usually wear shoes when they run. Having said that, more and more people are trying barefoot running these days, so will be in the same boat as their dog. I’m not here to talk about people’s feet, but to give you some suggestions about caring for your dog’s pads.

Your dog’s feet are at risk of injury every time you take him running. Just ask Cinnabar, who had a tiny sliver of glass removed from a paw after stepping on a broken beer bottle! How do you keep your dog safe?

The most obvious thing is to keep an eye on the ground where you are running. Watch for broken glass, rough stones or other potentially hard surfaces that could cause an injury.

Even grass could be painful if there are burrs or prickles in it. We have small prickles in the grass here called bindii, and Guinness will not walk on them!

If you live in a cold climate, snow can stick to the hairs between your dog’s pads and form little balls of ice. These hurt when your dog walks.

We don’t have to deal with that here in Queensland, but we do have to watch the temperature of the footpath or roadway – the ground can get very hot indeed in summer.

Make sure your dog’s toenails are neatly trimmed, so they don’t hit the ground with every stride. This will quickly become uncomfortable.

Some dogs are happy to run in boots but it’s not something that most dog owners worry about. So, to keep your dog’s feet in good condition:

1. Watch the ground you are running on for hazards and
2. Keep an eye on the temperature of the ground in extremes of temperature, and
3. Don’t forget that manicure!

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