Do you run with your dog? With the spring weather a lot of people and dogs who were locked up all winter are out on an exercise binge. My mom has always been a runner and all of her dogs have run with her for part of their lives too. Running with your dog is a wonderful way for dog and human to workout, have fun, and bond, but it needs to be done correctly.
5 Tips To Successfully Run With Your Dog
1. What Breed Of Dog Do You Have?
The breed or mix of dog you plan to run with is important. If you have a small Yorkie, they really aren’t big running dogs, however, a Lab has lots of energy and will make an excellent running partner. Very large breeds aren’t always cut out for running either. Always check with your veterinarian before you start to run with you dog to make sure they don’t have any health complications. Remember puppies should never be our running. Most breeds need to be at least a year old to run. If you run with a young dog, you risk causing permanent joint damage.
2. Start Slow
Many humans see dogs running all the time and incorrectly assume a dog can just run any distance right away. Wrong! Dogs are not machines! Just as humans need to ease into sports, so does your dog. Start out slow with a nice mile run for a week or two, then increase the distance slowly. If your dog is tired, walk a bit and then run. Never force or drag your dog. Don’t run every day, do some cross training a couple days a week with walking, hiking, swimming, or other sports your dog enjoys. Cross training cuts down on injuries, and keeps running from being boring.
Always be very careful running your dog in the heat of the summer! Dogs don’t sweat and can easily become dehydrated. If you need water on your run, chances are your dog will too. We always run early in the morning because it is cooler out, and then our workout for the day is done! If it is hot out, carry water for your dog, or make sure they can stop for a dip in a pond or lake when they get warm.
4. Run Hands Free
I’ll be the first to tell you, Mom was scared to death to try hands free running with Bailie, but it is the best thing she has ever done! Running hands free allows the human to have the correct form while running. The dog is controlled by the belt at the waist, which is stronger than human arms. Bailie is a total pulling dog, but guess what? When running, she almost always runs in a heel position! She has even stopped taking of wildly after squirrels and wabbits! Mom can’t believe it, but it’s true. The Umbilical Belt is what she uses, and it is an amazing tool!
5. The Fifth Paw
The final piece to Mom’s running with dogs puzzle is our brand new Fifth Paw poop bag holder. The only problem with hands free running is there was no place to keep a bag of poop, thus hands free becomes hands holding bag. Luckily, I won a Fifth Paw over at my friend Bentley’s Blog! It arrived a few days ago, and Mom wasted no time attaching it to the Umbilical Belt, and then headed out for a run with Bailie to test it out. Perfect! Mom and Bailie couldn’t be happier! Even with all the jostling around, the bag and Fifth Paw stayed in place for several miles!
Katie did the most running with Mom in her younger years, and with her breed, she was able to run as far as fifteen miles which helped Mom with her marathon training. I also ran for five or six years, but with my shorter legs, four to five miles was my limit. Bailie is a good runner and has longer legs allowing her to run up to about six miles. Over the years, Mom has perfected her running with dogs technique, and right now, she says it is perfect. We were not asked to post about any of these products, we just wanted to share our tips to help others who enjoy a good run with their own dogs. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog!