And now…introducing Sean Lang!


Hi everyone! Here’s part 3 of 3 in our GoDogz team introduction series…introducing Sean Lang! Sean grew up in Richland, Washington, where he started training in Judo at a young age.  As he grew older, he became more serious about the sport, and eventually moved to California to train hard with the SJSU Judo team.  After graduating, Sean began branching out into other physical activities, such as ultra-running and yoga.  In addition to walking and running dogs, Sean is currently working on his Masters degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology.


I asked Sean a few questions about his life and his decision to help co-found a pet services business.  Read on!


1. Why did you decide to come out to San Jose? Santa Cruz?

I moved to San Jose in 2003 to be a part of the San Jose State University Judo team. At that point school was secondary, but I decided to pursue my bachelors in psychology while training and competing on the SJSU Judo team. I always loved Santa Cruz, and in 2010 I moved out here in order to take advantage of the different opportunities available in this area.  I have never regretted this choice, and every day I’m grateful to wake up in such a beautiful place.


2. When did you become interested in physical fitness, and why?

I’ve always been involved in sports and exercise, and fitness is a natural extension of this.  While working on my undergraduate degree in psychology, I became increasingly interested in the seemingly infinite possibilities of the human potential, especially as I began getting more and more into ultra-running.  I think this is why I decided to go back to school – I wanted to learn more about the abilities of the human body, and the role of exercise and fitness.


3. When did you get into ultra-running? What about it appeals to you?

I started ultra running 5 years ago. I’ve always felt very fortunate to have all of the trails and parks in central California so I started running to explore these places. I was also inspired by the Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei who run every day as part of their spiritual development.


4. Tell us about your love of dogs – when did it begin? Why do you love them?

Growing up my family always had a dog and I was very attached to these companions. As I got more into running it only made sense to bring the dog with me, and these shared experiences have helped me understand the mind of my canine companions.


5. What’s your favorite part about exercising with a dog?

Running with a dog is interesting because in many ways you have an extra set of “senses” that pick up on scents and sounds that I may have never been aware of. Numerous times I’ve noticed Gordy hear or smell something off the trail which I would have never noticed without him.


6. What is your biggest advice to dog owners?

Take your dog out as much as possible! Like people, dogs need experiences to keep them stimulated and balanced.


7. Why is being a dog walker/runner the best job in the world?

Dogs are always happy to get out with the dog runner, so I get to share their joy of being out. Santa Cruz is also a great area to be a dog owner; we have an incredible selection of places to take our dogs, like the beach, forest, etc.  I’ve really enjoyed exploring these places with all of our different GoDogz.


8. Why did you decide to co-found a dog walking/pet sitting company?

I wanted to do what I enjoy most, run and be with dogs. 🙂

So there you have it.  For more information on Sean, you can check out his blog here.  To read about the other members of the GoDogz team, you can check out these earlier posts here and here.

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