Jogging With Your Dog
Making a jogging buddy out of your dog
Jogging with your dog
Helping to make a jogging buddy out of your dog can be great. Providing you learn how to train your dog properly, you’ll be improving health and happiness for both of you.
Build up slowly to your ideal run. Just like humans, dogs need to acclimatise to levels of exercise. You could also research your dog’s breed to discover exactly what kind of running they might enjoy.
Why run with your dog?
There’s a host of research that tells us how great running can be for your health. It prevents helps obesity, helps you to get fit, and it can increase your stamina. It’s even been shown to lift your mood. And it doesn’t require an expensive gym membership either.
What’s good for you is also great for your dog: it’ll also help them to lose weight if their body condition isn’t ideal, build muscle, and keep healthy. Keeping your dog fit and healthy is the best way to avoid expensive vet bills in the future. It’s also fantastic for your dog’s mood: most dogs are built to run (albeit some breeds more than others). They all enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors, and time spent pounding the pavement with you will always be time well spent in your pet’s mind.
If you’ve noticed destructive behaviours creeping in, jogging with your dog might be a solution. Active breeds that are kept indoors for long periods of time can become bored, which may result in bad behaviour. Keeping their mind and body active will help to get rid of that pent-up energy, and it’ll also build a great bond between the pair of you.
Training your dog to run with you
Each dog will be different: So make sure you tailor the exercise to both you and your dog’s initial abilities and build up slowly. It’s also good to talk to your vet before starting any exercise regime. Before you begin running with your dog you should make sure that they’re capable of the exercise and they only run for as long as their own stamina allows.
- Start with a short, 10-minute run somewhere that’s familiar for your dog.
- Gradually Increasing your distance gradually over a few weeks.
- Your dog should be panting, but not winded, while you’re running.
- Don’t get so out of breath yourself or you won’t be able to give him commands!
How to run with a lead
Keeping your dog on a lead during your runs is the best way to start your training as it will keep them safe and close. In the beginning, it might be that your dog either pulls ahead or lags behind, which will be annoying for your pace. Given time and practice, though, both you and your pet will acclimatise to one another’s running patterns.
Before running with a dog make sure they can walk on a lead to heel. It’s best to avoid retractable leads as too much distance can lead to complications. Starting with a lead of about three to six feet will give you enough space, but not so much that your dog feels able to wander.
How age can affect the run
Certain dogs are naturally built for lots of exercises, and their ability to run doesn’t necessarily correlate to their size. Be careful when running with young dogs: puppies might not be ready to go running until they’re fully grown. Older dogs also need some consideration: whilst they will still enjoy the exercise, they may tire much more quickly than a younger dog.
Top tips for running with a dog
Be aware: your dog can’t tell you when they’re tired or not feeling well.