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What is Tail Wag to 5K?

The key to feeling good and staying healthy for both dogs and humans is exercise. It’s been proven that having a healthy exercise routine can be easier to stick to when you have a friend to do it with. Well, there’s no better friend than your dog! Walking and running with your dog can be a great way to build that special bond, as well as keeping each other mentally and physically fit.

That’s why Burns Pet Nutrition and Dog Furiendly have teamed together to create a new exercise programme, sure to get your tails wagging. We’ve banded together with running experts from Run Wales and canicross experts from Pawrunner to ensure the health of both human and hound has been paramount while designing this programme.

Over the next 8-12 weeks, our Tail Wag to 5K training plan will improve your stamina and overall level of fitness so that you can run a 5K with your pooch by your side! Not only will you transform your own health, but you’ll also transform any couch potato pup into an experienced runner!

What is Tail Wag to 5K?

The key to feeling good and staying healthy for both dogs and humans is exercise. It’s been proven that having a healthy exercise routine can be easier to stick to when you have a friend to do it with. Well, there’s no better friend than your dog! Walking and running with your dog can be a great way to build that special bond, as well as keeping each other mentally and physically fit.

That’s why Burns Pet Nutrition and Dog Furiendly have teamed together to create a new exercise programme, sure to get your tails wagging. We’ve banded together with running experts from Run Wales and canicross experts from Pawrunner to ensure the health of both human and hound has been paramount while designing this programme.

Over the next 8-12 weeks, our Tail Wag to 5K training plan will improve your stamina and overall level of fitness so that you can run a 5K with your pooch by your side! Not only will you transform your own health, but you’ll also transform any couch potato pup into an experienced runner!

How does it work?

Sign up to recieve your FREE Tail Wag to 5K Pack

Register to recieve your free Tail Wag to 5K activity pack. The pack is filled with all of the things you need to think about before embarking on the programme.

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We’re all in this together. Sign up to our Strava group, so we can count the miles you’re walking/running and add it to our map. Can we collectively get from the Highlands to London (569.2)?

Check your pooch is suitable for Tail Wag to 5K

Unfortunately, not all dogs are suitable for Tail Wag to 5K. Download our pack to check whether or not your pooch is suitable and visit the vet for extra reassurance.

Follow our weekly programme designed to help you run a 5K with your pooch!

Follow us on socials @dogfuriendly and @burnspet for weekly inspiration, tips and advice. We’ll be sharing participants diaries, and information on both human and dog health from our partners @thepawrunner and @runwales.

Resources

Picking The Right Pair Of Running Shoes

Paw Runner Warm Up Cool Down

Dos and Don'ts Of Running With Your Dog

Getting the Right Equipment

FAQs

Our activity pack contains everything you need to know about Tail Wag to 5K. Click here to download the pack, and follow the weekly activity with us over on social media.

This programme is a workout program that builds up over a period of time. It’s designed for beginners using elements of Couch to 5K, but created at a much slower pace than Couch to 5K to allow your dogs to get used to the activity too. The activity itself will require your full commitment in order to reap its benefits. It is reccomended that you consult your GP before beginning the programme.

You’ll need to commit up to three days a week for 10 weeks in order to reap the rewards! However, the activity should be taken at your own individual pace. You may need to repeat a week in order to feel more comfortable with the pace and that’s okay. “You don’t have to go fast… you just have to go!”

Hey, we’re all human, so don’t fret. Just do it the next day you are able to. However, we reccommend you don’t run two days in a row. It’s important for you to rest, even if you have missed some workouts inbetween. If you miss more than a week, you might want to try repeating the week before. This can remind your body of what it’s capable of!

No. The activity plan states that you need to run 3 days per week, but you can choose which 3 days suit you best. Rest days are critical to not only reduce your chance of injury but to make you a stronger, better runner.

Yes! Both you and your dog need to take the activity at your own pace. If there is a particular week or day that was too challenging, then listen to your body and repeat the day or week before progressing to the next. Remember to be patient with yourself as well as your dog – you’re learning together.

You will need to do a slight bit of training during prep week in order to ensure your dog feels comfortable running by your side. More information is available in the Tail Wag to 5K Activity Pack and resource area. After your warm-up, get your dog to heel. When you’re ready, choose a command such as ‘Start’ or ‘Go’ to tell your dog that you’re both going to run! If they run too fast, tell them to stop. Bring them back to your side, walk a little and try again. Start slow and build your pace together. Once your dog knows to stay by your side, jog for 20-30 seconds, then tell them to ‘slow’ and ‘stop’. Once they’ve stopped, give them a treat and lots of praise!

Don’t force your dog to run if they’re not feeling very well or if they’re injured. You can still do the weekly activitiy with or without your dog.

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