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!


Suburban Trail Running.


Steady there big fella...Audrey and I were going to go trail running the other day at Kobble Creek while the kids were going to a Scout activity.  I have a cold and Audrey has been away from the hills for a while.  So we were under no illusions of setting a cracking pace, instead just wanting to spend a couple of hours in the outdoors together.  It didn’t work for us – dropping kids off, driving home, driving out, leaving time to pick up the kids, etc. etc. it wasn’t going to happen – eighteen kilometres of unfamiliar trail was going to have to wait another day.

We went instead to a suburban nature reserve, Bunyaville, with Guinness and Cinnabar.

Bunyaville is a pocket of Eucalypt forest in Brisbane’s north-western outskirts, and it’s pretty hilly.  We jogged the flats and downs, and walked the uphills, in true trail-runner style.  There was plenty of standing water around for the dogs to cool off in and drink.  And we saw another Kelpie – a really beautiful young puppy bitch, red and tan.

The dogs love trail running.  Audrey used a Buddy System lead with Guinness on a flat collar.  Although it may have seemed a bit brave, given the black dog’s tendency to charge and stop alternately and at random, Guinness was very restrained and worked very nicely for Audrey on the steep descents.  His charging in fact was of great assistance getting back up the equally steep ascents.

The trails at Bunyaville are shared use – walking, mountain biking, running, and some horse riding.  We saw a few of all, being careful to keep to the left of the paths.  It’s pretty easy to keep everyone happy by obeying the rules and playing fair.

Do you have a little patch of bush / woods / forest near you?  Somehow, a few kilometres under a canopy of trees is much more invigorating than just hitting the same old suburban roads again.  Maybe you could convince a friend to come with you and your dog?

Categories : Dog Friendly Runs

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