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!


Starchen Brown – Running Buddy of the Month for June 2010


I recently had the pleasure of meeting Starchen Brown, and his owner Liz, from Redcliffe, QLD, Australia. Liz and Starchen started the Pooch to 5k program earlier this year and, after a short interval to help with a dog rescue,  are now up to week 8 of the program.

Starchen is looking great! He’s got a nice tuck to his tummy, and Liz says he’s really loves to go out running. Gotta love that ear!

Kudos to Liz for sticking with the program, she’s rapt to have lost 12kg so far, and they’re both having a ball. Starchen is a very deserving running buddy for June.

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