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!


Woodford Fun Run – Race Report


Saturday 26th June found us bright, early and cold at Woodford for the St Matthias Parish annual fun run. This event is a fundraiser for church activities, and most of the Caboolture Road Runners were keen to be involved. I knew that Woodford was a quiet little town and that the race route was along some country roads, so I emailed the race director to ask if dogs were allowed to participate. I was thrilled to receive the reply, “Dogs are VERY welcome!”.

Our whole family ran the 5km event, and we were accompanied by Jen and her Australian Cattle Dog, Girl. The route was along paved or bitumen road, and had some gentle undulations which made it interesting. Young Cameron at 8 years old ran a personal best of just over 31 minutes for the distance, ably accompanied by his whippet, Sherbet. We all enjoyed a sausage sizzle and soft drink afterwards, and yes we did share with the dogs.

In the attached photo you can see, from left, Francis and Cinnabar, Jen and Girl, Cameron and Sherbet, Audrey and Guinness, and Kirsten and Tiger. Thanks again to Tim from Dreamcoat Photography – whenever we are out with the dogs, he’s there with his camera! 🙂

This run is a keeper for our calendar. Low key, affordable, well organised, friendly volunteers and dogs welcome! It’s got the lot.

Categories : Dog Friendly Runs



Thanks for your report on the Woodford Anglican Church Fun Run! Early details for the 2011 event are available here:



Excellent, David, I’ll put it on the calendar now. Look forward to seeing you again 🙂


Hope I can get to the next one, it’s just down the road from home. Too many events on the calendar, and this is the same day as one of the Point Cartwright series.


[…] you may remember last year’s report, when we had run the fun run for the first time and been made to feel very welcome.  It happened […]


I won’t be able to get to Gold Coast this year, so I’ll be running at Woodford! Looking forward to it …


I’ll be working that morning Craig, but F will be there with the kidlets. We’ll have to catch up another time.


A nice, local, low-key fun run. Great to see (in alphabetical order) Cinnabar, Cameron, Francis and Sherbet. I ran a terrible time, being kinda unfit and overweight, but that doesn’t matter, it was good to join in. And to see the large Caboolture Road Runners contingent.

Slices, lamingtons, Anzac cookies and tea (yes, real tea, from a tea-pot!) afterwards topped off a great morning.


Cameron comes before Cinnabar in alphabetical order, although it was great to see you too, Craig.


Quite right. I stand correctified.


Just a note that the Anglican Parish of Kilcoy website has now moved to: http://home.iprimus.com.au/d_lesage/

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