Do you like to run? Then why not go for a run with your dog? Running with your dog is a fun activity for both you and your four-legged friend. Here are a few tips to help you jog together!
1) Health Check
Before running with your dog, it is advisable to have your dog’s health checked by a veterinarian. Running may not be a good idea if your dog has joint problems, shortness of breath, heart problems, or is very overweight. You may also find discomfort that can be easily remedied with proper treatment, and if you have pet insurance, you don’t have to worry about the high cost.
2) Dog Breed
Some dog breeds like to run; they were born to do so. On the other hand, there are many breeds of dogs, such as bulldogs, that should not do this at all. They are not born athletes and are happier going for walks. If you want to go running with your dog, the best advice is to get a breed that loves sport. Boxers are excellent runners, as are Border Collies, Weimaraners, German Hunting Dogs, and some Terriers.
People who own dogs such as Bassets, Poodles, Dachshunds, and Shih Tzus should be cautious. They are dogs with long backs and short legs that are prone to back problems. Your vet will know whether to recommend running with these breeds of dogs, but it is best to avoid them.
Your dog must warm up before you start. Before running, let your four-legged friend sniff around and do his business. This will prevent your dog from getting restless while running, and your dog will be able to do a short warm-up of his muscles right away.
An important goal before going on a run is for the dog to be able to smell. Dogs “see” the world through their noses. They get tired from exercise and further “brain work,” and this sense of smell gives them a lot of energy. Therefore, sniffing also has an anti-stress effect, giving them the feeling of being in control. Smelling can help them better understand their environment, relax, and mentally challenge themselves. So, don’t be in a hurry and quietly let your dog smell the surroundings.
4) Consider the Time
Running on a hot day will warm up your body a lot, but it can be less comfortable for your dog. The surface will become too hot for the paw pads, and the increased temperature will make your dog feel hotter. It’s better to go out with your dog early in the morning on a hot summer day.
Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes to ease the jerky movements while running. Also, wear breathable clothes not to get too hot and increase your enjoyment of jogging or running. Walking on hard surfaces is undesirable for dogs. This will put a lot of strain on your pet’s joints. If possible, choose a path with a soft surface, such as a path through the woods or grass.
6) Fetch and Carry Game
If you’re having trouble keeping up with your dog while running, you can look for dog activities instead. One of the best activities for your dog is a fetch and carry game. Carry the ball around or use a throwing stick to throw the ball even farther. Tip: a ball that floats is a fun way to play, even on a hot day. This way, they can also jump into the water to catch the ball.
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