Training Tuesdays! The first of Dr. Lauren Talarico and We RUFF DC’s 5K Walking Training Plan

If you and your pooch are currently used to leash walking on average of 20-30 minutes a day 4-5 times a week, this is the plan for you! Please remember to feed your dog their normal scheduled meal 90 minutes or more prior to exercise. It is never a good idea for a dog to exercise on a full stomach.

Note: Before starting any training program, Dr. T recommends that your pooch get checked out by their veterinarian to make sure they are ready to run!

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Week 1

Workout 1

  • Warm up for 5-7 minutes by walking at a very slow pace and allowing your dog to sniff and eliminate as necessary!
  • Pick up those paws and walk at a brisk, continuous pace without stopping for 20 minutes
  • Slow it down and allow your pooch to catch their breath for 5 minutes

Workout 2

  • Warm up for 5-7 minutes by walking at a very slow pace and allowing your dog to sniff and eliminate as necessary!
  • Pick up those paws and walk at a brisk, continuous pace without stopping for 25 minutes
  • Slow it down and allow your pooch to catch their breath for 5 minutes

Workout 3

  • Warm up for 5-7 minutes by walking at a very slow pace and allowing your dog to sniff and eliminate as necessary!
  • Pick up those paws and walk at a brisk, continuous pace without stopping for 30 minutes
  • Slow it down and allow your pooch to catch their breath for 5 minutes

Dr. Lauren Talarico BS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology/Neurosurgery) is a Board certified veterinary neurologist/neurosurgeon, avid marathon runner, cyclist and swimmer. Dr. Talarico is also the founder of We RUFF DC, LLC, a dog specific running group serving the DC/NOVA area. She has been featured in nationally recognized publications, including Runner’s World and Marie Claire. Dr. T is the mother of two Labrador retrievers – Raesynette, the 14-year-old cancer survivor and Prefontaine, DC/NOVA’s newest marathon running Lab puppy. Follow her at @neurovet3 and @weruffdc (www.weruffdc.com; www.theneurovet.com).

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