HOW CAN RUN DAWG HELP?
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Our team of canine fitness coaches will arrive at your location and introduce your dog to our non-motorized treadmills. The beginning is usually pretty slow as the dog learns that the treadmill will not hurt them, and begins to understand that walking on a moving surface will not make them fall. We will encourage your dog with toys, clapping, whistling and positive motivation. The first few sessions will be all about learning a new skill, and growing to understand what the treadmill is.
Don’t worry if they don’t run the first time. They will be mentally exhausted from all the learning they have done, and will probably sleep like a baby tonight.
Learning mode engaged.
After your first run, your dog will begin to understand that they can move faster on the treadmill without falling over. Most dogs begin to walk within one or two sessions and will keep up a steady pace while being encouraged. We stay with your dog the whole time and keep motivating them!
The second or third sessions usually result in both a physical and mental workout for your dog. We are continually assessing your dog’s physical condition as well as their personality, so we never overwork your dog past their limits. They can stop any time they are tired, and will get periodic rest and water breaks.
Beast mode activated!
If your dog likes to run and chase things, after a few initial sessions they will be confident enough to begin to run on the treadmill. We encourage them to run for short periods of time, then walk in order to cool down. Our “sprint” sessions are for dogs that have built up enough stamina to run for longer periods of time, and we will let them go for slightly longer before bringing them back down to a walk. Periodic rest and water breaks are provided, and the final five minutes of your dog’s workout will be a cool down session where they will walk slower and slower to reduce their heart rate.
Most dogs grow to love the treadmill workouts, and will look forward to them. Many dogs recognize the van, and get excited knowing they will be able to run.
WHY RUN DOGS?
Dogs need to run. RUN DAWG allows them to do that in an environment where they won’t burn their paws on pavement or get into fights at a dog park. They need tons of exercise to be happy and healthy, and very few of them get enough. The result is health problems, low quality of life and restlessness. Our exercise programs are designed to help your dog work through that energy while also gaining muscle and stamina.
When dogs don’t get enough exercise and mental stimulation they suffer. Regular exercise will help improve the health of your dog in nutrition, cognition, and socialization. It will also help with destructive behavior and whining, restlessness and biting as well as fitness and appetite issues.
JOIN THE PACK
Your dog’s fitness and health are your responsibility. You are in complete control of the food they eat and the exercise they get. Like any living thing, better food and more exercise results in better health. Just like we strive to be as healthy as possible ourselves, we need to provide the same for our dogs. As a matter of fact, our dogs need a lot more exercise than we do in order to stay healthy and happy.
This is not a substitute for walking your dog, or playing with your dog. Socialization is as important as exercise, and walking or playing bonds you with your dog in a way that workout sessions can’t. We encourage you to spend as much time with your dog doing physical activities as possible, and to use our services the same way you use gym memberships for yourself. It isn’t designed to replace life, it is to help make life better!
Most people give their dog a workout once a week, or maybe twice. Athletic dogs can do even more, but their muscles need to rest in between. Your dog will be less restless and destructive, more healthy and happy, and will live longer as a result.
1.Walk your dog prior to their run
2. Don’t feed 1 hour prior to the scheduled run
3. Have treats & toys ready
4. If your dog is aggressive please muzzle before we arrive
5. Your vet must clear dog and give vaccination info
6. Have your dog ready to go with their harness on
7. Dog I.D. tags worn at all times
8. Don’t be jealous of your dog’s awesome fitness.