Having a canine running partner makes running so much more fun for humans! Mom loves to run with one or two of us. Finally, I’m old enough to start running. How am I being trained, and why does a dog need to be trained?
Dogs shouldn’t be going running with you until they are at least a year old. Running at a young age can cause joint damage and arthritis that will show up later in life. I’ve been watching my sisters go our running for so long, and now I get to start running too. Dogs love to run, but we also have to be properly trained.
Just as with humans, dogs need to start out with short runs and work up to longer ones. Sure, we can go out and run for miles, but it may lead to injury. To get started I ran just over a mile each time out. I also need to learn to stay on Mom’s left side and not cross in front of her. Madison comes along with us to also help me learn the proper technique. Mom says Bailie and I can’t run together because we would kill her. Alone we are fine, but together we are far too strong and if a critter is seen, look out!
I’m up to two miles a run now, and next week I’ll be doing the three and a half miles. Mom says I’m made for running, but she won’t let me do the long five mile runs for a few more months. Right now, I’m also working on learning to pace myself because I like to run fast, slow, fast…and Mom doesn’t like to run like that.
Since I get to be Mom’s canine running partner now, I don’t have to steal her running shoes and chew on them. She will need them to keep up with me because I’m one speedy pup! Do you run with your human? It sure is a lot of fun!
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