Running with your dog is a great way to bond with your furry friend, improve your overall health and wellbeing, and get in shape. It can help you make sure that your dog gets their daily dose of physical activity too. So before you go running with dogs, consider the following tips that will make your dog jog a success for both you and your furry pal!
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Before you put on your sneakers and reach for the leash, consider these things (and train your dog to run with you):
Is your dog fit for running?
Not so fast – Before you start running with your dog, you need to find out if your dog’s age, health, and breed make them actually suitable for running. Certain dogs won’t be able to run at all, whereas other dog breeds are born for running. Check out the running dog guide for more information on what makes a dog suited to running or not. And of course, consult your vet if you are unsure about your dog’s physical abilities before starting any new exercise routine with your dog.
Dogs with short muzzles like Pugs or Bulldogs are not well suited to running long distances, as they are more prone to breathing difficulties. Additionally, wait until your dog is at least one and a half years old to run with them – running can be dangerous for puppies, whose bones are still growing1. Lastly, always consider your dog’s personality, temperament, and physical health before running with your dog.