Hard to believe that the 3 weeks of K9 Kamp are already over! A special thanks to Kol’s Notes and Peggy’s Pet Place for working like dogs in putting K9 Kamp together! It sure has been fun, but I am also ready for a break! We have kept up with the additional 30-40 mins, 3 times a week challenge which wasn’t too hard to do. Before I get ready for my nap I do have a few more tips that have to do with dogs and running.
If your human is not one to exercise, remember us dogs can easily use a treadmill. They are super boring but to make it fun you can have a toy out front that you are trying to get like my stuffed squirrel, or for you Retriever types, a tennis ball! You need to start going on the treadmill when it is stopped first and then have your human slowly start it moving. You should also have your human with you at all times in case anything goes wrong. The treadmill is really just for those dire situations where there are no other fun options for exercise. A side note – not to worry about that stuffed squirrel and my killer look eyes…he survived and is doing just fine with my other stuffies 🙂
Now for the fun stuff – making running more fun for us dogs. My sister and I have logged lots of miles running with mom, especially Katie, and to be honest, sometimes it does get really boring, so how can you motivate your pup? How about some interval/speed training or hill training. Humans hate this kind of training but surprisingly we dogs love it!
Mom ran the Twin Cities Marathon in 2011 where miles 20-24 are pretty much strong uphill. She said that it was during those 4 uphill miles so late in the race that people dropped like flies and started walking but she was able to keep running because she kept thinking of us dogs and how we all attacked hills together and it kept her going! Next time you come upon a hill with your dog, charge it with them, they will love it!
I personally love speed training. You can set your stops using lamp posts, mile markers, times or whatever works for you. Mom and I use street lamps. Mom says “speed” and we race each other to the next lamp, then she says “relax” and we go back to normal pace until the next lamp post. This is great for cardio and it helps build up your overall speed. I love racing mom and beating her!
As with any running, your dog needs to work into a running program gradually as a human would do just starting out. Another benefit to running with your dog is that your human has something to focus on and pay attention to besides how much longer until the run is over. You can count squirrels or wabbits together, run through sprinklers together or so many other fun things – great bonding stuff!
Fitting to the end of K9 Kamp, my package that I won from Park Day 2.0 arrived the other day! A big thank you to Gizmo and Finn for the idea of Park Day 2.0 and another big thank you to Deidre’s K9 Naturals for supplying my prize. I won a “spa” package which includes Working Dog Wash Shampoo, Puppy Breath Wipes (watch out mom, more kisses coming your way), Cleaning ER for my ears and fitting for me having lived on the North Sea Coast, North Sea Omega Chews! This is just what a pampered pup needs after K9 Kamp!
Time for this K9 Kamper to crash! Wonder when the next K9 Kamp will be…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…the word on the street is that it will be in the fall…I will be there with all 4 paws on!
Since K9 Kamp is all about staying fit, I am of course joining in the FitDog Friday blog hop sponsored by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love Stop by and see what other dogs are doing to stay fit!