A Guide to Running with Your Dog

Running is a great way for both you and your dog to get exercise. The two of you can also bond during this time. However, there are a few things that you need to do in order to ensure that running is a great experience for both you and your dog.

Make Sure Your Dog Is Suitable for Running

It is important to note that some dog breeds are better at running than others. Golden Retrievers, Collies, Dalmatians and Huskies are some of the dogs that are great for running. It is also important to take your dog’s health and age into consideration. You should take your dog to the veterinarian if it has been a while since they had a checkup.
An older dog may not be able to run as fast or as long as a younger dog. Even though younger dogs are better suited for running, your dog should be at least a year old.

Go Slow
Most people gradually build up their time and intensity when they are running. You should do the same when you are running with your dog. For example, you can start by going for a ten minute run and then gradually add time. You should also start off running slower.

Make Sure Your Dog Is Safe
There are several ways that you can ensure that your dog stays safe while running. A dog friendly sunscreen will keep your dog from getting sunburned. You should also be mindful of the area. You may want to put dog booties or shoes on your pup if they will be on the sidewalk. Additionally, you should take breaks regularly in order to ensure that your dog does not become exhausted and provide ample water to avoid dehydration.

Bring the Appropriate Gear
Even the best trained dog should always be leashed during a run. Not only do many cities have leash laws, but it will also keep your dog and others on your route safe. There are different types of leashes. However, the best type of leash for running is a waist leash. The leash allows you to move naturally. You are also less likely to drop a waist leash.
You should also bring water bottles for you and your pup. Additionally, if you will be running during the evening or at night, then it is important to have visibility gear. A light up collar or reflective leash will ensure that everyone can see your pup.

Watch Out for Signs of Exhaustion
Dogs do not sweat. However, they show other signs that they are getting too hot such as panting. Your dog may also try to stop on their own. Let your dog rest before continuing the run.

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