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!




I took Guinness for a 6km run last night, and while he was running, I could hear the tap, tap, tap of his toenails hitting the footpath.

Although it’s not likely to cause a dog a great deal of pain, it may be uncomfortable for him to run with longish nails. Repeated pressure on the toenail as it hits the ground could easily take the pleasure out of a run for your dog.

Fortunately, Guinness is very easy to handle when it comes to giving him a manicure.

If your dog has white nails, it’s easy to see how far you can trim them. Just don’t cut the pink “quick”.

Guinness has black toenails, and they’re a little trickier. Just nibble away enough so that the nails aren’t hitting the ground any more.

If you have trouble trimming your dog’s toenails, your vet or your local grooming parlour would be only too happy to help.

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