There are a lot of things to know about running with a dog and how to do it properly. However, if you live an active life and want a worthy companion for yourself, or just want you and your furry friend to get in better shape, follow these 3 essential steps. These will cover the basics of what you should know before hitting the road with your canine.
On top of this, there are a handful of additional tips you can find here, they’re also worth checking out.
Step #0: Find the right dog breed for running
Not every dog’s a born runner (e.g. short-legged- or flat-nosed breeds). Your best bet is finding a purebred puppy, that comes from a responsible breeder, who can vouch for the dog’s health.
Note: keep an eye out for designer dog breeds. Although most of them are bred for people with allergies, you can find some designer dog breeds, that are great for running.
Step #1: Let your vet check your dog
There are a few important health issues, that should be checked out, the most common of them being Hip dysplasia. This health condition is especially common among larger breeds. That said, age is also a factor to consider, puppies younger than one year are keen to develop joint issues if they are forced to run too soon, too often.
Step #2: Use the right running equipment
You would want the best equipment for your favourite training buddy, wouldn’t you? If your dog feels comfortable while running alongside you, they will be able to keep the pace with you.
A regular collar is by far not the best option for your pooch. Try an Easy Walk Harness, which tends to make them run beside you, and is more comfortable than any collars out there.
Make sure you keep an eye out for an elastic leash a.k.a. a Bungee Leash as well. This will gently prevent your dog from pulling you, instead of yanking them back.
Step #3: Pay attention to your dog
Be responsible, be mindful, as much about your dog’s body as yours. Keep in mind, that a good warm-up is a must, and so is starting out slow. But most importantly, watch out for signs your dog is trying to give you constantly. They cannot speak, yet they’re 100% dependant on you and will try to let you know if something’s wrong.
Dogs are always eager to please, this habit allows their owners to push them too far. Include a few breathers and water breaks into the training.
The possible signs of overexertion or heat stroke are:
- Heavy and fast panting that doesn’t go away
- Bloody diarrhea
- Dark red gums
Pro Tip: When unsure whether your dog can continue or not, just let her off the leash. If she sits or lies down beside you instead of running around, it’s time to turn back!
Credits to: Health.com