I'm feeling like a wimp right now. Even though my leg muscles are still burning from my workout at lunch yesterday I feel lazy next to my two brothers who have already started their spring training. I was talking to my younger brother last night about the possibility of doing the Tough Mudder together up in Montana in the fall when he said it all depended on how he does in the Spartan race coming up next month. I was curious so I looked it up and not only is it a mud run but he has to run through fire! Through fire people! I thought running through live electrical wires was bad, but not as bad as fire! But wait, it gets better because he told me that my older brother is about to run an Ironman next month! Jeez, I better kick my spring training way up this month so I don't seem so pathetic next to these two!
Speaking of spring training it looks like all of us in our house have packed on a pound or two (oh, who's kidding, at least 5) so we're going to start on a more regimented training schedule now that the weather is getting warmer and the daylight is lasting longer. That means swimming for Foyle and more hiking for the hounds...oh, and less chocolate for me!
Here are a some links for fun activities for you and your dog in the San Francisco Bay area:
- Weekend Sherpa is the best site to find new places to hike and things to do on the weekends in Northern California.
- Russian River Adventures allow dogs on their canoes! Sometimes you can find Groupon or Living Social deals too.
- Want to find the best of the best? Check out Bay Woof's Beast of the Bay Awards 2012.
- Looking for fun dog events and places to take your dog? DogTrekker is the site for you!
Here are some links for classes and seminars to keep you dog moving and keep their minds working:
- Metro Dog in Albany has Rally, Agility, and Nose Work classes coming up.
- Thank Dog Bootcamp with human and dog trainers.
- Berkeley East Bay Humane Society has a big list of classes to attend!
- If you'd like to get into Rally or Obedience then check out the Oakland Dog Training Club has expert trainers to help guide you.
- Have you heard of Canine Circus School? Me neither but it looks fun and here's the schedule for the Berkeley class.
Tips on running, working out with your dog, and active training exercises:
- Safety tips on running with your dog.
- 10 Ways To Exercise With Your Pet.
- How To Train a Dog To Fetch.
- First Steps To Running With Your Dog.
- Great list of exercises you can do with your dog and how to do them safely!
- Stunt Puppy, Ruff Wear, and Outward Hound have the best outdoor gear for dogs.
If you are getting your Newfoundland ready for the water or have a Newfie puppy that wants to learn how to swim and train for the Water Rescue Dog tests then check out the NCA website and the book Water Work, Water Play by Judi Adler. I attended one of her water seminars a few years ago and she has excellent, positive training techniques.
How do you exercise with your dog?