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Are there any requirements?
Canine Cardio requires that dogs are licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Flea and tick treatments are also required. In addition, we will not run a dog with a history of aggression and prefer that a dog is familiar with being on a leash.
You should always consult with your veterinarian before starting a running program. Puppies under one year old, elderly dogs, or those with chronic health issues may not be ready to start a running program.
What dog breeds are good for running?
Every dog is different and we can do all types of running to perfectly suit almost any breed. If you are wondering about your breed’s ability to run, please call and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
How far do you run?
That will all depend on your dog’s breed, size and fitness level.
How many dogs do you run at a time?
Not all dogs are able to walk in groups, so we offer single or group options for all of our services. Our Dog Jogs usually have up to three dogs on leash at a time, but our Wagging Trails will include as many as eight dogs at a time.
Do you run with a leash?
Always! We have an assortment of leashes and collars, as well as anti-pulling harnesses and gentle leaders. We do not and will not use choke, prong or shock collars. Our Wagging Trails, however, are off-leash adventures.
Can my dog join the Wagging Trails off leash group?
We do our off leash group in non fenced in areas, so excellent recall is a must. If you walk your dog off-leash and they are great around other dogs, then your pup is a perfect candidate.
Will my dog run?
Canine Cardio offers our free Canine Consultation so you can test out the service. It’s normal for a dog to be hesitant the first few runs. We use positive reinforcement to reward and encourage your dog, but we certainly don’t want to force anything. If your pooch gets overly anxious or stubborn, we’ll turn back. It may take a few runs to establish a rapport.
Does my dog need any specific training before running?
The two things we like to see are that your dog is trained to walk on a leash and that she doesn’t have a history of aggression. How much, how fast and how far we run will all be determined during the initial Warm Up.
We have a big yard for our dog to play in – why run with Canine Cardio?
Your dog may have a huge yard, but unless there’s someone to throw the ball, stick, etc., she may just lie under the shady tree and not do much at all. Canine Cardio’s service is focused. Plain and simple, we are here to exercise your dog and attain or maintain a healthy level of fitness.
What is the difference between Canine Cardio and other dog runners/walkers?
Canine Cardio is a licensed LLC in the State of Rhode Island and fully insured and bonded. Owner and Chief Runner Clayton Roth has recently become a certified professional dog walker through dogtec, is human and canine CPR certified and a finisher of many marathons. All other Athletes are Canine CPR certified and leash certified through the RISPCA.
Canine Cardio knows how much you love your pup. We are here to make sure that he is a part of your family for many years to come.
Why do runs cost more than walks?
Running for 30 minutes to an hour is not easy, especially when you add a couple canine running buddies to the mix. We feel that is a premium feature of our business. Our athletes are armed with the athleticism and skill to safely provide your dog with high intensity exercise that can only be received through running!