Wichita's First Professional Dog Runner

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Forget dog walkers, a new profession that has popped up all over the united states has now made its way to Wichita. The Wichita Dog Runner claims with just a little extra exercise, your pup could be calmer and more obedient.

Josh Jewell is a local marathon runner and dog lover who has made it his mission to make Wichita pets a little healthier and a lot happier.

You've probably heard the saying, “Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life.” Josh Jewell found a way to combine two passions into one fast paced career.

“I barely consider it a job because I’d be running anyway,” Jewell said.

The Wichita Dog Runner has been in business for about six months. Each of his four-legged clients gets a custom-tailored training plan to fit their size and ability.

Some can run for more than 30 minutes at a time.

"I think it is easy for them. Dogs are pack animals that like to travel long distances each day and so they feel very comfortable doing that,” Jewell said.

While smaller dogs, like the two miniature dachshunds Jewell runs, do better with interval training.

"Running with them I will start will an easy warm up and then we'll run for a little bit, and then walk for a little bit and continue to do that for the duration of the work out,” Jewell said.

Before the miniature dachshunds started running with Josh, their owner says they really didn't exercise at all.

“We never took them on walks or runs because we both work and just don't have the time to get them out like we would like to,” Pat Teschke said.

After just three months, Teschke says his little dogs have really shaped up.

“They were a little heavy prior to Josh running them and now they're a little bit leaner and seem to be in a little bit better condition,” Teschke said.

Jewell's professional dog running business is only a part-time gig for now. By this time next year, Jewell says he hopes he'll be able to do what he loves full time.

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