Often you see a dog running along with their owner. Many pups love to run, they are always ready for the adventure, and it is great to spend time outside.
Some tips for you and your pal:
Not all dogs are for runners. Ask your vet if your dog breed is one that has energy, is obedient, and has stamina. Some dogs may be small with shorter legs, while others can tend to have breathing problems, which make them not suited for the running club.
Practice first with walking. Dogs do love to be on a walk, and over time bring up the pace and then return to your walk. As you progress through speeding up the walking, try adding a jog during it so that the dog will become more accustomed to a faster pace. Be sure you are covering enough ground. Aim to hit a mile. Alternate your walking and jogging with the dog, so they get used to the movement. Track your distance and create a plan with your pup. Don’t start them with an all-out run.
Work your way together. For your dog’s safety, keep them on a leash.
Hydration is a must, but drinking too much water too fast can cause bloating. Be sure that you both replenish with water when you get home. Have a healthy snack then also!
Pay attention to signs that the dog is tired. If the dog stops and refuses to move or the dog keeps moving into your running path, take those as indicators that the dog wants a break.
Running together is quality time with your furry friend, so cherish it, have fun, and thank them for joining you.