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!


What Breed of Dog to Run With?


What sort of dog should you get if you’re looking for a canine running buddy? That depends on so many things, and I’d encourage you to consider not only the running that you want to do, but your whole lifestyle.

Do you have time to groom a dog with a long coat? What about money? Big dogs cost more than smaller dogs. Also, some dogs are smarter than others and need much more mental stimulation. You’ll need to take these dogs to obedience training and give them plenty to do so they don’t get bored. In many ways, these are more important questions than just how far a dog can run.

You need to be able to live with your dog even when you’re not out running.

When you’ve nutted out what you want from your dog, then you can start looking at breeds that meet your requirements. Go to dog shows, and chat to breeders to find out exactly what each breed would be like as a running partner. It can take a little time, but dogs aren’t an impulse buy, and you’ll be much more likely to find a dog that you’ll be happy to share your life with for the next 12 years.

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