However you decide to complete the 99k for Canines event, our top priority is for you and your dog to be safe and happy throughout the event. As well as the chance to go to the toilet outside the home, spending time outdoors gives dogs the opportunity to exercise their brains, bodies and all their senses in a natural way. It can help them keep fit, healthy and enjoy themselves, so we hope that your dog can take part in the event.
But we know that each dog is different, and for many reasons they need different amounts and types of exercise. Age, health issues, shape of face, length of body/legs and other mobility issues can all be factors in deciding if your dog can complete the challenge, and how you will go about it. Your vet can provide specific advice for your dog if you need.
Puppies are most welcome to take part however at a reduced level because they have different exercise requirements to adult dogs. While puppies are growing, developing strength, stamina and general fitness, it’s important to ensure they’re avoiding over-exertion, always benefitting from activity and enjoying it. We recommend speaking to your vet to help decide what distance your puppy can walk.
If you, or your canine companion can’t complete the challenge for any reason, we are sure your friends won’t mind if you extend the dates to complete it, reduce the distance, or complete some of the distance on your own. We certainly won’t!
Some general information is below, but we lots more useful tips and help for how to keep your dog fit and healthy during winter weather can be found here.