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!


Guinness Hits the Trails


A few weekends ago, Francis and I, and our two big dogs, Guinness and Cinnabar, went for a trail run at the Glasshouse Mountains, about half an hour north of where we live. Many parts of Glasshouse are national park, and dogs aren’t permitted there, but there is enough state forest where we can take the dogs on a leash.

It was a lovely cool morning with a drizzle of rain and some low cloud as we set out. Our plan was to run two loops of trail that were in a figure 8, then go for coffee and brunch afterwards. I was glad it wasn’t too hot, Guinness doesn’t like the heat.

As it was, we only ended up doing one loop due to some umm navigation challenges which saw us go out of our way several times. It was warming up, and if we did continue on the second loop, we wouldn’t have had time for a latte.

Trails are great for dogs. The ground is easier on their feet for long distances, and after rain there are plenty of puddles for them to splash in. There are often trees for a bit of shade along the route, which Guinness really appreciates.

Dogs enjoy trails so much more than suburbia, but you do need to keep them safe. If you’re going to go trail running with your dog, keep him on a leash. We have nearly lost Cinnabar when he took off after a wallaby. Not only that, but we have come across snakes on our trail runs and they may be dangerous to a curious dog. Take extra water in your hydration pack, and a fold up dog bowl just in case there aren’t any puddles for your dog to drink from. Although they don’t need electrolytes, a bit of Gatorade or similar in their water will encourage them to drink more.

Categories : Dog Friendly Runs



Hi Audrey, could you possibly email me some info on where you run in Glasshouse Mtns? I am on the north side of Bne and would love to get up there for weekend runs but not sure where to park and what distances the tracks etc are – would LOVE some info if you have time to provide? Many thanks, and what a brilliant website this is, I have been reading it all morning instead of working! 🙂


Hi Vanessa, thanks for the kind words. I’ve emailed you.


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