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Interval Run

A great form of exercise for you and your dog!

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    A great form of exercise for you and your dog!

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    Do you or your dog need to shed some pounds? Burn more calories in less time! Runners use interval training to help increase their strength and speed on runs.

    The key to interval training is to do alternating sets of a high intensity run with a low intensity recovery run. You should be comfortable running with your dog for about 15 minutes before you start interval run training.

    Here’s a beginner 15 minute interval run plan that you can start with: Do 6 sets of a 30 second run interval at a faster than normal pace followed by a 2 minute slow walk/jog interval.

    Don’t forget to add 5-10 minutes to warmup and cooldown with your dog! Of course, you can decide how fast and long you do your intervals – but remember this is for you and your dog so choose something that you both can do.

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    Activities: Running, Training

    TAGS: Interval Training, Running

    Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Running Leash, Other Appropriate Gear, Timing Device

    Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. You may also need to consult your own doctor to see if it is safe for you to run. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws!

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