Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or just looking for a fun day out, we’re welcoming all dog lovers and their canine chums to take part in the Muddy Dog Challenge and raise money to help care for the animals at Battersea.
Make sure you and your four-legged friend are ready for the challenge with these tips and training plans.
Speed through each obstacle or trot along the length of the course - there will be supportive hands and paws along the way.
Training for humans
Whether you're taking part with your furry friend or going solo, you can tailor your training with our exercise tips.
Training for dogs
Taking part in a 2.5km or 5km course with your pooch is great fun – just make sure you tune into their needs.
Need a little extra help?
Download our tailored training plans to help you achieve your goal.
Health and safety
Ensure you and your four-legged friend are safely prepared for the Muddy Dog Challenge by watching our health and safety video.
Five dog training tips
Check with your vet
It is always wise to consult with your vet before starting an exercise programme with your dog. Vets can recommend both the length of time and intensity for the programme, and tailor this to your pet’s special needs.
Size up your animal
Different breeds are more agile than others. Develop the length of the walk based on the breed of the dog. Make sure the length of the walk is in line with what what your dog can comfortably complete.
Start out slowly
It’s important to start training at your dog’s current ﬁtness level. This is especially true if your dog is older, or overweight. Make sure you start every session with a walk. Just like humans, dogs need to warm up too.
Watch out for tiredness
Listen and watch for signs of fatigue and make sure you have plenty of water with you. Pay close attention to your dog’s footpads for signs of wear. Avoid hot surfaces and trails with sharp rocks.
Exercise at cooler times of the day and avoid extremely hot and humid days.
Bring a lead
Off-lead exercise is normally recommended, but due to our event being on-lead, we advise that you practise this method when building up your training regime.
We strongly recommend that you use a harness to reduce any tension around your dog’s neck.