Going for a run with your dog is a great way to bond and a perfect way for the two of you to get your daily exercise in together. But, while it might be tempting to just get out there and start jogging there are a few things to take into consideration before you start pounding the pavements. We’ll cover off all the main things in this article so you can exercise together safely and have fun.
Make sure your pooch wants to run
Not all dogs are built to run so it’s essential that you make sure your dog wants and has the capacity to run alongside you before heading out.
Some small breeds with little legs like Dachshunds and Corgis are not suitable for running, even at the slowest pace. By taking a dog that isn’t built for running out on a jog you can sometimes do more harm than good and potentially even cause them painful injuries. Other breeds love running and will make amazing jogging companions, these tend to be bigger dogs such as Retrievers and Labradors.
Some dogs also have joint problems or genetic problems which may make running unsuitable so make sure you’re 100% sure your dog is fit and healthy before you go.
Keep control of your dog when running
Dogs who can’t follow commands or aren’t trained properly shouldn’t go running with you. This is for your own safety and that of other people out walking and running. You’ll know if your dog is ready to go running with you from how well the respond to your commands. If they can’t follow commands without treats or other forms or persuasion you shouldn’t take them out jogging just in case you need them to follow your lead on demand or in an emergency. It’s also important to make sure you have a quality dog leash. The dog leashes at Dog Friendly Co are made from high quality materials so you can be sure your dog is safely attached and won’t be able to slip loose while you’re out running.
Plan your route in advance
Running with your dog means that you need to plan ahead a little more than usual. While running solo you may be able to go where the wind takes you, with a pooch by your side you’ll want to plan out a dog friendly route. It’s also worth thinking about points where your dog can get a drink if you’re going on a long run to make sure you both don’t get tired. Avoiding busy roads is also advised as stopping and starting at junctions with your dog can be difficult. It’s also a lot safer to run with a dog down a track or on a beach as opposed to on a busy road.
Benefits of running with your dog
While it’s important to take all of the above into consideration before you go running with your dog, there are so many benefits to running it’s a great hobby to take up. These include:
- Great motivation for you to keep running
- Good exercise for you both
- An all-weather running partner that won’t let you down
- Helps with training your dog
Top tips for running with your dog
Following these top tips will make sure
- Stay hydrated – this is especially important on long runs to make sure you always carry a bottle of water with you and a collapsible bowl so your pooch can have a drink.
- Keep visible – both you and your dog should be visible if you’re running in low light conditions. Reflective harnesses, collars and leashes can be a great investment.
- Be prepared – always take doggy bags with you on walks to pick up any mess your pooch could make.
Now you should know how to start running with your dog. With all these tips taken on board you’ll be set for enjoyable runs with your furry best friend by your side.