Most of us walk our dogs on a regular basis, but don’t think about taking a run with him or her. Running isn’t for all dogs. If you have a small breed dog, it’s unlikely he or she will take to running well. The smaller breeds simply can’t keep up and tire too quickly.
But if you have a larger breed dog, running provides you with security for you during your run and much-needed activity for your dog.
If you have not run with your dog before, try these tips to get him accustomed to the pace and fit for the run.
Train Your Dog, Step By Step
First, begin walking him regularly, if you don’t already. By regular we mean walk him every single day if you can. Make sure your dog is fairly physically fit to begin with.
Once you have been walking your dog awhile and you feel comfortable, bring it up a notch; begin interval training. That is – walk for 5 minutes, run for 2 minutes. Walk for 5, run for 2.
Once your dog is sufficiently conditioned, try doing longer run intervals. Eventually, you can work this up to a full run.
Depending on your dog’s condition level, it shouldn’t take more than a month to get even a somewhat sedentary dog ready for daily runs.
Before you begin trying to run with your dog, he should be fairly well trained (understanding “heel”, in particular) and should be comfortable on a leash. Be aware of leash laws in your community – many people enjoy running with their dogs off the leash, but you could be cited or fined if that’s not OK in your community.
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