There’s a Dog Jog happening this weekend & here is what you need to know…

This weekend will see dogs of all shapes and sizes (with their owners) descend on Sefton Park for the Dog Jog Liverpool.

Entries are still open and anyone can get involved so we asked the Dog Jog team to give us all the doggy deets you need.

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 What is the Dog Jog and how did it all begin?
 
A dog jog is a 5k jog around your local park with your favourite four-legged friend! It all began when we started up our Big Fun Run events in 2007, and realised that quite a few participants were taking part with their dogs. Then we thought to ourselves ‘why don’t we put on an event specifically for these people?’, where occasional runners can meet like-minded dog lovers and enjoy getting fit, both themselves and their dogs, at the same time.
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You get to meet hundreds of dogs every weekend, you must love your job?

The team as a whole are massive dog lovers, our director recently re-homed a gorgeous German Shepherd called Hero and we just love the fact that we can put on these events!

 

Is it open to everyone and any dog?

Absolutely! We’d like as many people as possible to come and enjoy these fantastic events around the country. Although children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and dogs under 12 months of age are not allowed to participate.
 
Each event offers a relaxed, fun atmosphere with no times and no pressure. This isn’t about people charging around the course in record time, this is about like-minded dog owners getting together, keeping fit and having fun!
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Can you run for charity?

Yes! Dog Jog offers participants the opportunity to fundraise for a number of different charities who work extremely hard to protect the welfare of animals in the UK. We have over 200 charities affiliated with the event.
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Any beginners tips for running with your dog?

Keep hydrated! There will be water stops at the start, finish and on the route. It’s important that your dog drinks small amounts regularly – it’s not good for your dog to gulp large volumes of water while exercising so it’s better to allow him or her to drink a small amount and then come back for some more later. Consider when you plan to eat in advance of the Dog Jog, you and your dog will feel more comfortable if you aren’t exercising on a full stomach.

We anticipate that you will perhaps want to walk a bit, jog a bit and for those pooches who are demanding, maybe even carrying for a bit – this is fine, take as long as you like! However, if you plan to run with your dog then remember to run at a pace that you and your dog are comfortable with. Also, keep in mind that running on tarmac can be quite stressful for your dog’s joints and paws so please remember that we are in beautiful parks, and that you can run on the grass rather than a path whenever you like.

If you do plan to run, consider using an appropriate harness on your dog to ensure that their breathing is not restricted during vigorous exercise and so that they are comfortable and safe when they are running. There will be a staggered start so if you plan to run rather than jog, please position yourself at the front of the Jog section. There will then be a walk & jog section and finally a walk section. Wherever you are in the start area try to give your dog and others as much space as possible.  Remember your dog will be even more excited than you to start so try to keep them calm and if you know your dog gets over excited around other dogs consider starting at the back where you will find more space.

We are used to traditional British weather, however if the sun does shine and temperatures are higher than normal then please act accordingly to prevent your dog suffering from overheating, for example you might want to splash your dog with cool water whenever you get a chance. Short-nosed dogs in particular are more likely to overheat through exercise so consider your individual dog. On hot days it will be better to keep your dog on grass as tarmac pathways may burn their paws. In cases of very hot weather it may be best for you to jog solo and take home a Doggy Bag for your pooch, then you can go out to exercise your dog when the temperature drops.

 

What time & where does it start on Saturday?

Dog Jog Liverpool take place this Saturday, 2pm at Sefton Park. Entries are STILL AVAILABLE and you can also enter on the day – it’s not too late to take part!
Find out more at www.dogjog.co.uk
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