How to Safely Run With Your Dog

If you lead an active lifestyle, running with your dog is a fantastic option. However, there are lots of pitfalls that can happen when you’re running with your pooch. Here are a few tips to run with your dog, and not get hurt!

Your dog may be the ultimate exercise partner.  After all, dogs, just like humans, need daily exercise for their health and happiness. Yet before you hit the pavement, you’ll need to be prepared for your loyal friend to run with you. By the way, if you’re interested in the right gear for your pooch, I recommend checking out this link. And are pets really good for your mental health? We think so. Check out more here.

Here are some things to look out for before running with your dog.

Assess the Situation

Some dog breeds are better suited for running longer distances, while others should stick to shorter runs. Dogs like Vizlas, Australian shepherds, border collies, German short-haired pointers, and Rhodesian Ridgebacks are just a few breeds that make great long-distance running partners. Smaller dogs should probably stick to shorter distances of 2-3 miles. Be sure to monitor your dog when you head out for a run and ask yourself whether or not they truly enjoy running.

Assess the Age of Your Dog

Dogs who aren’t yet fully grown are still too young to take running. Until a dog has reached their full adult size, its joints are still developing. If you run with a dog too soon, they’re more likely to get joint problems or arthritis later in life. 

Start Small

Start by adding small stretches of running into your walks. Then, on each subsequent walk, gradually increase the portion of time spent. Your dog will have to get used to running with you. A canine companion that pulls on the leash is frustrating when walking, but downright dangerous at faster speeds.

Check the Temperature

Dogs cannot sweat. They cool down by panting, and they can pant a lot better when trotting rather than galloping. If your dog seems to get tired while galloping, just take a break or run a bit slower. It helps to bring water along for your dog, too.

Water Up!

Providing enough liquids before and after, and maybe even during a run is vital. Cool water is the best choice. If you’re lucky enough to run along a small river, your dog will be more than thankful to jump in, especially if you have a Retriever!


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