Another element to this running thing we are doing is that we are thinking about taking up CaniX and the official body of CaniX in the UK is running a programme that is based on the Couch to 5k of the NHS but the name they have coined is Pouch to 5k. ( DM:If anyone u destined the pun or joke here please explain because what the he'll does a pouch have to do with a dog or couch?) It is literally the same but you run with your dog. The CaniX organisation runs a league table and everything for it but we're not going to do it that proper. Also, it is blooming expensive £50/$82 for a measly entry into a table and a couple of discounts we wouldn't take advantage of anyway.
Our first run:
Well, what can I say. We ran. It was OK and I like some aspects of it such as that we got to the destination quicker or that I didn't have to pull. However, it did deprive me of my sniffing time as Mom was too busy rushing ahead. First dog problems! *sigh* (DM: I found a fairly tolerable pace and the 60 seconds of running just as I was starting to feel as if I can't go on- yes I really am that unfit that 60 secs of jogging makes me want to die-and I was ready next time around. The podcasts were great at telling you when to stop and the music wasn't too bad either.) Once we got to the golf course - our destination- Mom did one lap to finish the run while I sniffed off leash to my hearts content. Thanks Mom! I displayed some wonderful recalls over large distances away from other dogs. As a reward I got a throw of my rubber toy thingy (DM: It's actually a treat dispenser but Buddy is too smart for it so it works as a chuck it as well- one of the best three quid I ever spent! ). After Mom was done running we played loads of fetch and did some sit-stays and tricks namely the roll over you can see below. (DM: I didn't expect her to do it but she did and was wonderful, we are so ready to proof the roll over!) All in all it was great and I loved it!
That's what is going on right now- hope you had a great Christmas and remember to keep fit!
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