A healthy life with your dog

Have a healthy life…with your pet. Incorporate him or her into your healthy lifestyle. Share the love (and the good habits) with your dog. Run, walk, hike and generally enjoy the great outdoors with your four-legged companion. Make memories together and collect smiles for a lifetime.

Some places you can take your dog around Montreal:

Sandy Beach: 404 rue Main, Hudson, Quebec, J0P 1H0

Take your dog to the beach! Sandy Beach in Hudson allows dogs, but they must be on leash (at least in theory…).

Angell Woods: 300 James Shaw St, Beaconsfield, Quebec, H9W 6G5

Angell Woods is an old-growth forest that covers approximately 85 hectares (210 acres). The forest had a nice trail network that is a great location for walking dogs. Officially, dogs should be on-leash.

If you’re more in the mood for running, here are a few tips, courtesy of Active.com.

Before you start running with your dog, make sure he is healthy and ready for the exercise.

Start with a 10-minute run and then add 10 minutes each week until you reach your desired time or distance. Gradual build up allows for the muscles and connective tissue to adapt and grow to the activity without injury.

With time, your dog will adapt to your pace. This can be frustrating in the beginning. Many dogs want to go much faster than you are capable of and you find yourself trying to hang on to the leash. Others dogs may lag behind and appear distracted, which leads many dog owners to think their dog doesn’t like to run.

Don’t forget to have fun!