First off, WELCOME! Second, good job on the C25K. It's such a great program.
I have a lab/blue healer mix and boy...he is energetic as well. I bought a treadmill and have taught him how to run on it. In the mornings while I get ready for work, he will go anywhere from 30-45 mins at 4MPH. After I turn it off, he will sit on it looking at me like, "Hey, turn it back on". It's great indoor exercise if you have a TM and if you can train your dog. This is how I did it: I attached his leash and put him on the treadmill then I sad down in front of him holding the leash and a treat. I turned on the TM on a very low setting and just sat there holding the treat while he munched on it. After a few days of doing this, he got the hang of it and now loves it. He doesn't even ask for a treat anymore.
The other thing I do with my pup, is he loves laser light pointers. So I will get it out and run it up and down the halls and around the living room. I get a work out from laughing at him.
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Fitness Minutes: (194,618) Posts: 9,617 7/5/12 9:03 A
Welcome to the team and best of luck to you! Since we are experiencing an extreme heat wave I have to take my cocker spaniel first thing each morning and she still gets hot and tired. I've tried taking along water but she won't drink during her walks for some reason.
Welcome, I have a Vizsla-mix as well, she is the one who is in the picture with me. We go hiking a lot and when I first started taking her on hikes with me I always carried a fanny-pack with her breakfast or treats with me. I started on a flexi-leash once or twice calling her back to me right before she hit the end and giving her a treat every time. Then she would check in with me without Flexi, now she will check in with me and not go more than about 200 feet away on the trail and I can just pet her and talk to her as a reward. When I go 3 miles, she goes 10. Happy trails to you, Birgit
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Fitness Minutes: (160,500) Posts: 7,561 7/3/12 8:43 A
I love dogs and have had them my whole life growing up. Since I've been on my own, I've had just one - my Vizsla/Lab rescue Higgins. Boy is it true that those dogs NEVER tire. Luckily, this is great for motivating (forcing?) me to exercise more.
I love pretty much all things dog - and of course am interested in losing some weight - so would love some advice on exercising with your dog. I would especially like advice on running with your dog and ideas on in-door exercise during especially hot days. I've started C25K with my dog, and so far we're both loving it. I think he loves the opportunity to run new paths, and I am so pleased with how well he is doing with intervals (I thought he'd get bored with the run/walk combo and start thinking it was a game w/the leash).
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