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!


Girl – Running Buddy of the Month for July 2010


Girl is a gorgeous Australian Cattle Dog, who runs with her owner Jen, of Narangba, QLD, Australia.

I’ve had the pleasure of Girl’s company on a foreshore run, and she likes nothing better than to have a dip in the ocean when she gets a bit hot. Even Guinness doesn’t mind her coming along with us, and he does prefer to be the centre of attention.

Girl has been training with Jen quite a lot lately, as Jen is planning a half marathon in September. They’re both looking great!

Look forward to running with you again soon, Girl.

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