Dog Jogs are a fantastic opportunity for you and your canine companion to get some fresh air and exercise.
If you and your four-legged friend are just beginning your journey to being more active and improving your fitness, and are looking for a relaxed, friendly and fun challenge to help motivate you, then Dog Jog is for you!
Walk, jog or run whatever distance you choose to complete with your dog, whether that’s 5K or a bit more.
Take the opportunity to explore a new area together, whether in your local park, or a footpath you've always wanted to explore and at a time that suits you.
Individuals, couples, families, friends or colleagues.
Split your chosen distance over a number of days or weeks - you don’t need to do it all in one day.
You also have the option to fundraise for a charity, knowing that each step you take can help those in need can be a great motivation.
5K is suggested as a good goal to aim for whether that’s at a brisk walk, a jog or a run. The great thing about this Virtual Challenge is that it’s your challenge and your rules, so you can aim for a longer distance if you’d like or split your chosen distance over a number of days or weeks – it’s up to you and your four-legged friend!
Are you new to exercising with your canine companion? If so, there are lots of things to consider when exercising with your dog, and the Dog Jog is no different!
Keep hydrated! It’s important that your dog drinks small amounts regularly – it’s not good for your dog to gulp large volumes of water while exercising, so it’s better to allow him or her to drink a small amount and then come back for some more later. Consider when you plan to eat in advance of the Dog Jog, you and your dog will feel more comfortable if you aren’t exercising on a full stomach.
You will perhaps want to walk a bit, jog a bit and for those pooches who are demanding, maybe even carrying for a bit – this is fine, take as long as you like! However, if you plan to run with your dog, then remember to run at a pace that you and your dog are comfortable with. Also, keep in mind that running on tarmac can be quite stressful for your dog’s joints and paws, so please remember that you can run on the grass rather than a path whenever you like.
If you do plan to run, consider using an appropriate harness on your dog to ensure that their breathing is not restricted during vigorous exercise and so that they are comfortable and safe when they are running.
Once you've completed your target distance, here's what to do:
It's as easy as that!
You may choose to take part in Dog Jog for a charity of your choice and get sponsored for your efforts! Simply contact your chosen charity for fundraising support.
Junior entry fee
Highly recommend this event. My dog and I did it for the first time this year!
Such an amazingly organised event and by far the best goody bags and such high quality medals!
We can not wait to run again next year most likely we will do more then one in series because it was such good fun!!! Katie Knowles
An amazing event, one of my dogs suffers with anxiety issues and she loved this event. Tracey J Burlinson-Campbell
Completed the Dog Jog with my lovely boy Jack. Beautiful location to hold it and allowed me to fundraiser for Marie Curie. Helped me battle my social anxiety Kirsty Brown