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!


Measuring Temperature


I recently found some notes I’d taken earlier this year, about how hot Guinness became when I was running with him. How did you measure that, I hear you ask. Well, the only way to accurately take a dog’s temperature is rectally.

While we were running I stopped and took his rectal temperature every 5 minutes. He was less than impressed. I was a bit worried about people thinking I was weird, so I tried to do it behind a bush. I’m not sure this helped. What would you think if you saw someone behind a bush, having a close look at their dog’s bottom?

Anyway, it was a summer day, clear blue skies, no breeze and about 5pm in the afternoon. The scary thing was that within 15 minutes, Guinness’s body temperature was over 40 degrees C. For our American readers, that’s 104 degrees F. Definitely getting into the danger zone.

Admittedly, Guinness is black and soaks up solar radiation very easily. However, it’s worth noting how quickly his temperature began to rise. He was panting but would have cheerfully kept running with me. I stopped the run and let him have a paddle in the lake, and sat for a while in the shade of a tree. He was fine.

This needs to act as a reminder to us as we approach the Aussie summer. We are ultimately responsible for our dog’s health while we are running. They can’t sweat to cool down, and heat stroke is a very real possibility. I have personally known a dog to die of heat stroke after a run with her owner.

If you’re in doubt, err on the side of caution and leave your dog at home.

Categories : Dog Health



Wow! I hadn’t thought about that Audrey. Nina (tan staffy) seems to feel the heat so much more than Isabel ever did (White with black spots staffy)I only take Nina running these days & I have noticed that sometimes she does seem to take ages to cool down. Would it help to wet her down a little after a run?


Hi Judy

Wetting them down does seem to help, probably because it allows another way for evaporative cooling to happen. It would be really interesting to test temperatures in white dogs vs dark dogs, I definitely think there’d be a difference, just by virtue of absorbing radiant heat. Thanks for commenting 🙂


PS Dont forget to mark the thermometer with Fighto’s name in Sharpie lest an unsuspecting member of your family uses it for Little Jack! LOL!


Oh, definitely! LOL

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