Running With Your Dog
Running is a great form of exercise that people of all ages can enjoy. Your pup can enjoy it as well with some simple additions to your workout! Just like humans, dog need daily exercise for health and stress relieving benefits.
Not all dogs are made for running so make sure to assess your pet's ability before jumping right in. Does your dog have short legs? Or have trouble breathing? Some breeds such as pugs have squished noses that can make breathing harder on them, and should be left at home for post run snuggles. Other breeds such as German Shepherds can be prone to hip dysplasia. All dogs should be checked by your vet before starting a running program. Once you have fully assessed your pet's ability to keep up without pain, it's time for the fun part!
Just like humans dogs need to start out slow on running and build up their strength. But the best part is you now have a training buddy! Alternate between walking and running if you're just beginning to exercise and always check in with fido to see how he's doing. Look for abnormal behavior as a sign to slow down or stop until it's safe to continue.
If it's warm out stop for water breaks until you get a feel for how often your pup needs to drink water. Feel free to carry a dog friendly water bottle for the trip. Run in the early morning or evening to avoid the heat. You can sweat but your dog can't and that coat of fur can get hot! Always feel the pavement before hand to see if it's too warm on your pup's paws.
A good way to keep your dog near you while running but also have your hands free is a leash that goes around your waist. This allows you to still move your arms while still securing the dog. As you increase your level of cardio and strength, your dog's will increase as well! Meaning you can start to embark on some longer exercise adventures together.
We wish you happy trails and tails on your next run!