Thursday, June 22, 2023

Vermosa promotes fitness and fun with fur babies at the Green Run

The Green Run, Vermosa Estate’s signature run to promote physical and mental fitness by running in the great outdoors, is back and there’s a special treat for dog owners and pet parents this year.

In addition to the 25K, 10K, 5K, and 3K distances, Green Run 2023 has a 1K race just for people who want to go on an adventure with their dogs. This fun race, which is called The Dog Run, is open to dog owners who want to take their dogs on the lush, green Vermosa trails.

Dogs, like humans, require physical activity for their well-being and happiness. Walking or running with a furry friend is not only entertaining but also beneficial to their health.

The beautiful Vermosa routes, which wind through wide open spaces and a lot of greenery and are made more runner-friendly by wide pedestrian walkways, bicycle and jogging lanes, and enhanced greenways, will be enjoyed by both humans and dogs. But before they start their fitness and fun journey together, here are some reminders for dog owners to make sure their dogs have the best time at the Dog Run.

  1. Make sure your dog is wearing a back-clip harness instead of a collar. Any pressure on his/her throat while running is potentially dangerous.
  2. Warm up before the Run. Do a few minutes of walking or slow jogging before you position yourselves at the starting line. Stretch your dog by letting him/her lie down and stand up several times. Give him or her time to sniff around and take time to poo or pee. Make sure you have waste bags ready.
  3. Feel the surface for at least 10 seconds. If the pavement’s too hot for your hand or bare feet, it will be the same for your dog. Wet your dog’s under pad for some protection before you take off. Or use canine booties to protect them from the heat. Booties will also provide protection against any sharp objects on the trail.
  4. Take water breaks. If your dog is panting hard, he/she probably needs water. Make sure you have a container that your dog can drink from – like a collapsible bowl or a bottle with a spout for dogs. Making sure your dog is well hydrated – especially in really hot weather – will protect him/her from sun stroke. Just don't let your dog gulp too much water during or after exercise.
  5. Don’t give treats right after the run. Give your dog time to recover from all the panting and sweating. Hold off on treats until both of you have calmed down a bit. Don’t give ice water right away. The extreme temperature change may cause vomiting. But praise for your running buddy, petting, a hug and lots of attention will be much appreciated and can be given anytime.

Have fun!

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