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!


K9 Camp’s First Challenge – Walking on Sunshine.


Our first K9 Camp challenge was on this past week. Walking on Sunshine – aimed at getting us out there and walking more with our dogs.  This one was going to take a bit of thought. After all, we walk the dogs so often, and usually for a decent distance, there would be nothing different about the challenge if that was all we did. Our Walking on Sunshine had to be a bit special.

Then I had an idea. Mountain View Road!!! This road is about 20 minutes drive from home, and is part bitumen, part gravel but all difficult. It’s not a long climb but it’s really steep; it really gets the heart pumping and the leg muscles working hard. Whenever we want a hard workout, we go up Mountain View Road. We hadn’t been there for a while, and it was the perfect venue for our first challenge.

I grabbed my children, grabbed Guinness the Kelpie, and off we went.

This picture doesn’t do the hill justice. Gravel underfoot, slippery in places, and with a really steep incline that goes on and on and on. It’s a tough climb. Guinness was a great help, he loves to stride uphill and he drags me along with him.  We often meet a pair of little Jack Russell Terriers at the half way mark, and one or both of them join us on our walk.  They are fit, sturdy little dogs.

The pic on the right gives a better indicator of the type of climb we have to contend with. Just behind the girls it looks like a very steep drop-off – that’s because it is! They look pretty pleased with themselves at getting to the top of that section, and rightly so.

When we get to the flat bush trail at the top of Mountain View Rd, it’s easy to see how it got its name. You can see all the way to the coast, and north to the Glasshouse Mountains. Just stunning! It’s well worth the hard climb just for the view.

The downward trip is as challenging as the walk up. Very hard on the quads, and while it’s nice having Guinness to help on the way up,his enthusiasm is quite scary on the way down! Fortunately, he’s learned to sense when I’m taking precarious steps down the steepest part of the road, and he stays close by my side.

I’d forgotten how much fun, and how challenging, the walk up Mountain View Rd is. We are going to try and get there fortnightly, and see if we can improve our uphill strength. Totally bummed that I didn’t think of giving the kidlets my phone so they could take a pic of Guinness and I. After all, this is all about him! Next time.

So, if you’re looking to improve your fitness, don’t just opt for the flat places to walk. Look for somewhere hilly that’s a bit more of a challenge, and walk it harder. Your dog’s fitness (and yours) will increase faster with the tougher workout.

It’s not too late to join K9 Camp fitness challenges. Why not get started with your own Walking on Sunshine challenge, and let us know how you get on.




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You are so lucky to have such beautiful scenery! Great post!


Thanks. It is pretty, I just wish we lived closer so we didn’t have to drive to get there!


What a beautiful place to walk. Sounds like week 1 was a resounding success.

Nubbin wiggles,


I was wondering what you’d do to spice it up, since I was pretty sure that you were all in top notch walking condition. Mountain View Road was a great idea! That’s awesome that the girls joined you too, what a perfect way to spend a family day together. Great job on week #1!
Peggy & Kelly


What a beautiful road to do your first challenge together! Sounds like you all are already in tip top shape!

Elyse and Riley


What a gorgeous view! Way to kick it up a notch! We love a great hike to really challenge our walking routine. I love that t was a family trip. I might have to make tomorrow’s challenge a group event!


Sounds like a great first week – what gorgeous views!


What a magnificent blog! Great way to train your dog, keep fit and enjoy beautiful scenery at the same!

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