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Run With Your Bestie – Coming Soon

 

The first time I ran with my dog, Dobie, in 2000, I envisioned the perfect excursion. I had been a serious runner since 1996 but had never embarked on running with a dog, having lived overseas for many years I had never introduced one into my family.

Newly arrived in Hawaii having been transferred with my company I decided now was the time. Enter Dobie, a 8 week old Kelpie who loved exercise, surely this was going to be a match made in heaven. I chose a Kelpie for their running ability, thinking it was a simple matter of leash collar and let’s go!

So one morning after she had matured enough for running exercise there we were hand in paw, greeting the cool Hawaiian morning air with anticipation, looking down the lava covered trail eager to begin a jaunty adventure.  She’d look at me, and I’d look at her with a slight nod prompting “Let’s go.” Our strides in sync, we’d move along the trails encouraged by the wind at our back. It was absolutely …

Dreadful. And nothing like my dream doggy day-out.

Instead, Dobie and I tripped over each other’s feet just trying to move forward! An entangled leash, with constant stops and starts, pulling and tugging our way along the beaten course of long sniffs and short patience. Frustrated, we turned around and went home, Dobie and I exchanging the look of defeat.

A day or so later, having recovered from our running debacle, Dobie and I committed ourselves to figuring out the logistics of running together.  We had attended puppy and pet manners classes so had some of the leash basics down already. Little by little we worked out the kinks in our system.

Fast forward 20 years later and I am now a certified Dog Trainer and Dob Behavior Consultant and a Running Coach.  My partner is now Doogie, my 3-year-old Australian Shepherd and when Doogie was introduced to running the process was so much smoother. I was able to quickly take my dog training skills, and running experience and develop a finely tuned system that became the  “Running with my Bestie” program.

Running or walking with your dog sounds easy, but if you’ve tried it, you know, like me, how clumsy and incompatible the two of you may seem traipsing along. It doesn’t look right, and it certainly doesn’t feel right. Running with your dog shouldn’t be stressful or seem like a chore, nor should the goal be mindless exercise to tire out the family pet and give you a chance to post on Facebook. Exercising with your bestie can be, and should be, so much more!

Just like anything worthwhile, it takes time and practice to synchronize all the moving parts.  With careful management, you can learn how to safely walk and run with your dog. “Running with my Bestie” is designed for the pet parent who wants to create a rewarding running experience that is fun, physically conditioning, and mentally enriching for both parent and pup.

Coming in April 2022. Run With Your Bestie

In this program we will cover

  1. What is Running with Your Dog?
    • Introduction to the sport
    • What it is and what it is not
    • Candidate suitability
    • Starting point
  1. The Basics of Your Running Mechanics
    • Establishing your starting point
    • ChiRunning technique
      • Introduction to ChiRunning
      • Lessons 1-6 on the technique
    • Effective training using a heart rate monitor
    • Becoming fat adaptive
    • Moving through a running program
  1. Your Best Friend’s Running Mechanics
    • Candidate suitability and goals
    • Locomotion and gait
    • Physiology & Musculoskeletal
    • Role of nutrition
    • Conditioning exercises
    • Building duration, distance, and speed
  1. Leash and Movement Skills
    • Running on leash
      • Key skills for your dog
      • Key skills for you
    • Building behavior chains
    • Reinforcement areas
    • Management approach
    • Skills and tactics for mutual enrichment
    • Games to build behaviors
  1. Your Equipment for You & Your Bestie
    • What equipment you need
    • What equipment your dog needs
    • It’s all about enrichment
    • Adventure and fun for you both not just for one
  1. Compromising For Fun and Safety
    • Mechanics for you
    • Mechanics for your dog
    • Suitable run types
    • Rules of the road
    • It must be fun
    • Playing Jess
  1. Building Your Condition
    • Form
    • Duration
    • Speed
    • Run types
  1. Merging Your Running Plans and Goals
    • Long slow runs
    • Repetitions and Repeats
    • Success that is fun

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