For dogs and dog-lovers alike, breaking a sweat can be a lot of fun, but it takes some preparation and research before you hit the road together. Before you embark on a journey with your dog, it is best to check in with your physician and the vet to make sure you are both good to go. Follow these tips to make the best of running with your dog:
Know Your Pup
You may have high expectations of your new running partner, but before you put them under too much strain, or alternatively limit them, do some research about your breed and their capabilities in regards to exercise. Be sure to take their fitness level and age into account when planning your exercise routine.
Keep Them Close
It may be tempting to let your dog off his/her leash while running, but there are many risks to consider. The behavior of other dogs can influence your pup and vice versa. There are also other dangers such as runners, bicycles, and vehicles. Ease your dog into the process and their surroundings by keeping their leash on. This will help with their discipline as well. In order for the both of you to get the most out of the exercise, it’s best to limit the risks.
Don’t forget that your new exercise buddy is also in need of regular hydration. These days you can even purchase fun dog accessories such as a portable water bowl to simplify the process.
Keep it Clean
Public areas such as parks have certain rules in regards to pets. Make sure that you clean up after your dog should they stop for a little bathroom break. Be kind and consider those around you.
Know the Signs
Since your furry friend will be running down below, you can easily get lost in the view around you instead of keeping an eye on their vitals. Do some research and know the signs of fatigue and heat illness – including glazed eyes, uncontrolled movement, panting, weakness, etc. Be sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency.
Check Their Paws
Take the terrain you will be running on into account. Think of what might hinder your feet if you had to run barefoot. Your four-legged partner has more hazards to face. After your session, be sure to check their paws for scrapes, burns, thorns, or injured pads. If you have any concerns, take him/her to the vet before you continue with your exercise.