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!


Three Legged Sled Dog Continues To Race


Abner is a Siberian Husky from Alaska who lost his leg two years ago after an accident severed his femoral artery.  He recovered well but wasn’t happy with the sedentary lifestyle of an invalid. He still wanted to run, and he started destroying furniture because he was bored and frustrated .  Lynn, his owner, was wise and hooked him up to a sled at the front of the pack, so he wouldn’t get dragged if he couldn’t keep up. Abner has never looked back!

Lynn has raced him several times, and has asked the International Sled Dog Association to allow handicapped dogs to race in bigger events such as the Iditarod.

What a feel good story! Abner is so much better off doing what he loves. He is physically fitter, and  mentally happier than if his owner had hung up his harness. A disability never keeps a good dog down.

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