If you are a runner you have probably heard of, thought about, or consumed nutritional supplements that are designed specifically for supporting performance during the workout or helping recovery afterwards. Running stores offer a wide variety of bars, gels, chews and drinks that promise just that. If you are running with your dog, have you ever thought about your dog as an athlete?
Dog food maker Purina has a line of dog food and treats that are designed to help your dog feel good during the run and recover afterwards. It is called Purina ProPlan Sport and is available at most major pet stores. One lucky RunOregon reader will be able to win a prize package from Purina ProPlan, which will include:
- 1 PRiME and 1 ReFUEL nutritional supplement bar
- (3) 6 oz bags of Pro Plan SPORT dry dog food, in the “athletic,” “performance” and “everyday exercise” categories
- 1.2 oz bag of training treats
- (1) Frisbee
There are two ways to be eligible to win. All you have to do is:
- Fill out the form found here; OR
- Take a picture of you and your canine running buddy and post to Instagram with #proplandog and tag us @run_oregon
A winner will be selected on Sunday, June 22.
While you are rounding up your pup for a picture, here are some tips for running with your dog, via Purina:
Expert Tips for Running With Your Dog
After the harsh winter much of the country experienced, exercise has taken a back seat for many people, which can translate to the same for their pets. With spring just around the corner, it’s time for pets and people to get out and active – and we have some tips for how to do just that.
According to Dr. Brian Zanghi, research nutritionist and one of the canine physiologists behind the development of the Purina Pro Plan P5 training app, dogs should get an average of one hour of physical activity each day, more than twice the minimum recommended time for humans by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Whether people and their dogs are already road-running warriors, or are looking to take the first step into a more active lifestyle this spring, Dr. Zanghi shares some key training and nutrition tips for dog owners to keep in mind:
- Consult Your Vet – Before you begin running with your dog, check with your vet to make sure they are in the proper physical condition and receive the proper nutrition for this type and level of activity.
- Start small – Begin your activity program with short walks, jogs and training sessions at fifteen minute intervals. It’s important your dog understands basic commands to make activity time more enjoyable (the heel command is crucial). Dog owners can also download the P5 app for free to set exercise and nutrition goals, as well as access step-by-step instruction, helpful video demonstrations and insight from top Pro Plan trainers.
- Pick the right conditions – When possible, always choose to run on grass or a soft path, rather than pavement. This is not only easier on the pads of your dog’s feet, but it’s also less pressure on their joints and bones. If you have to run on pavement, make sure to check the pads on your dog’s feet both before AND after your run, for cuts or abrasions.
- Ensure your dog receives proper nutrition for exercise – Unlike humans, a dog’s main energy source comes from fat – not carbs. A diet higher in fat and protein will increase an active dog’s metabolism and his endurance during exercise. The Purina Pro Plan Sport line delivers fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance for dogs of all activity levels. And for highly active dogs, the Purina Pro Plan PRiME and ReFUEL nutritional supplement bars can be fed before (PRiME) and after (ReFUEL) exercise to deliver concentrated targeted nutrients that help optimize performance.
- Provide proper hydration – It is important to let your dog her have access to water at all times, especially during long walks or locations away from home.