Muddy Dog Challenge training tips

You and your pooch will be speeding through the muddy obstacles with these training tips

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Muddy Dog Challenge training tips

You don’t need to be able to run a marathon to take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge, but you’ll need to be relatively fit. Make sure you and your four-legged friend are ready for the challenge with these tips and training plans. Speed through each challenge or trot along the length of the course, there'll always be supportive hands and paws along the way.

Training - humans

Training - dogs

Participating in a 2.5km or 5km course with your pooch is great fun – just make sure you tune into their needs.

Five essential dog training tips

1. Check with your vet

It is always wise to consult with your vet before starting an exercise program with your dog.

Vets can recommend both the length of time and intensity for the programme, and tailor this to your pet’s special needs.

2. Size up your animal

Different breeds are more agile than others.

Develop the length of the walk based on the breed of the dog.

3. Start out slowly

It’s important to start training at your dog’s current fitness level. This is especially true if your dog is older, or overweight.

Make sure you start every session with a walk. Just like humans, dogs need to warm up too.

4. Watch out for tiredness

Listen and watch for signs of fatigue and make sure you have plenty of water with you.

Pay close attention to your dog’s footpads for signs of wear. Avoid hot surfaces and trails with sharp rocks.

Exercise at cooler times of the day and avoid extremely hot and humid days.

5. Bring a lead

Off-lead exercise is normally recommended, but due to our event being on-lead, we advise that you practise this method when building up your training regime.

We strongly recommend that you use a harness to reduce any tension around your dog’s neck.

Health and safety tips

Ensure you and your four-legged friend are safely prepared for the Muddy Dog Challenge by watching our health and safety video.

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Tackle the 2.5km circuit with this training plan

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Tackle the 5km circuit with this training plan

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