Running with your dog does sound awesome, but it does come with certain difficulties and it requires a lot of preparation. Furthermore, the breed of your dog can either make it hard or easy, since some breeds are natural-born runners, while some are not good with any high-impact exercises. If you have a dog that can focus while running with you, it is much easier, because some breeds, like Beagles are quite hard to run with, because they like to sniff all the time and to follow scents, which does not make them the best companions for running.
Here are some tips to help you and your dog enjoy running:
- First of all, just like humans, dogs also have physical condition – if you have never been to a run with your dog before, don’t expect it to be able to run for a long time or over longer distances. The key is to start off slow and then gradually increase the distance when both you and your dog are ready for more.
- If you have been running before on a hot day, then you know how hard it can be to run on a day like that. Keep in mind that it is even worse for dogs – they can overheat quickly, which can lead to heat stroke. If you plan to run on a hot day, then you must do it in the early morning.
- Running in the early morning or late evening, means that you are running practically in the dark, so it would be best to get some reflective running gear, for both you and your dog, so others would be able to spot you in the dark.
- Running surface is very important, especially if you run during the day, because asphalt and pavement are two surfaces that can get really hot during the day and running with your dog on them might burn your dog’s paws. Another surface that you should avoid is gravel, because it has small sharp bits of stones that could hurt the paws of your dog.
- Hydration is important, for both you and your dog. First of all, make sure that your dog had some water before you started running and second – take a bottle of water with you on your run, so that you can give it to your dog during the run – there are even some products for dogs that make the hydration on the go much easier.
- As you probably already know, your dog wants to please you at all times, so if you are out on one of your runs, even though your puppy might experience some pain or discomfort, it will continue running just because you do. That is why running with your dog means that you have to be careful about your body and your dog’s body also. Heat can strike quite fast and you may not experience it, but your dog could – because of that it would be the best to stop from time to time and check on your dog for any signs of discomfort or heat exhaustion.