Running with your doggie: here’s your how-to

Running with your doggie: here’s your how-to

Looking to get active this fall, but lacking a little motivation? Why not combine your dog-walking routine with a daily run!

September 25, 2020

Running is a very healthy activity—not to mention a very affordable one. And since dogs really should be getting out of the house every day to stay active, combining your daily dog walk with a run can be a great option. You simply need to ensure that your pooch is in good enough shape for it, and be properly equipped. 

Your dog’s health
Before you get into running with your pet, you need to be sure he can keep up. Some breeds of dog aren’t as well adapted to running long distances, while others naturally have the stamina for this physical activity. In either case, though, the idea is not to push your pet past her limits. 

Obviously, the first year of your puppy’s life is all about training, learning to walk on a leash and at heel, etc. Later on, you can try increasing speed and distance, always paying attention to the signs your dog shows you. 

It may be a good idea to ask your vet whether your animal is in the right shape to run with you. You can also do some research to find out whether other dogs of the same breed as yours are the active sort. 

Equipment
Although jogging and running aren’t expensive activities per se, you should still gear up to avoid problems and make the experience is as enjoyable as possible. A harness is one of the must-haves for running with your dog. Not only will it be more comfortable, but it will also keep your pet from choking when you pull on the leash. 

If you do decide to run with your dog on a simple leash only, make sure it isn’t too long, so he stays as close to you as possible. 

Besides harnesses, there’s a range of other trendy gear and gadgets to help your pup be ready for running. For example, you can easily find a set of stylish boots to protect her paws.

Take care
Whatever type of physical activity you engage in, always look out for your dog’s health. Don't take him out for a run on very hot days, for example, and make sure he stays hydrated. And don’t go too fast! Step up the pace from one run to the next. Just as for humans, interval training (e.g., one minute of running, then 30 seconds walking, and so on) can be a great way to get your pet used to this new sport. 

Last but not least, don’t forget to give your dog the breaks she deserves: you don’t want her to burn out and lose interest in running! And, as you would in any abnormal situation, if something seems wrong, seek advice from an animal health professional. 

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