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!


They know…


know where the end is

So the other night I went for a run with Sinner (Rediron Cynosure, or Cinnabar if he’s been naughty).

As I have a big run coming up, I decided not to go too far with him.  He’s capable of a half marathon, and habitually I do a very hilly 12km with him around Mt Mee.  Around home we generally do a 10km loop – it’s pretty flat and quiet and doesn’t involve any running over the same path twice.

Well, for once we turned around after three kilometres.  Sinner got quite a shock – ^oo^  – because no dog likes a change in the pattern, and I’m nothing if not predictable.  Once he was over that however, he started bounding along like we were doing speedwork.  I would guess that we were doing 4:30 – 4:15 kilometres!  Who are you and what have you done with the real Sinner?  I guess he suddenly knew he didn’t have to keep such a reserve for the run back – he had seven kilometres of energy to spend in only three kilometres, and he wasn’t going to waste it just jogging!  Anyway, for once Sinner’s run with me was a negative split, that is faster on the second half than on the first half.

I guess if anything it means to me that we should change our runs around, and more than just occasionally, if we don’t want to get stuck in a rut.  The dog was expecting a ten kilometre run and he set out accordingly, to make his energy consumption last for the full run.  When he worked out we were going to have a much shorter run, his attitude seemed to shift, and we had a fun and charged but exhausting run home.  Maybe I should run a different distance more often to keep him guessing and maintain that enthusiasm.  Can’t hurt to try!

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