How to Run or Jog With Your Dog
One of the best things about owning a dog is that there are so many things you can do to have fun with them.
If you want to go for a run with your dog, you'll need to make sure your dog is up for it. Some dogs just don't want to run. Others get too excited and try to take your shoulder socket with them.
Others will simply zigzag and pull you in the wrong direction, so before you go for that run, take some time to teach your dog what they should be doing when the feet hit the pavement.
* Lead Training 101
For the most part, running with your dog starts with basic lead training. If your dog understands how to walk on a lead, they will understand how to run on a lead. Much more than when you're walking, though, you'll need to teach your dog to stop pulling so hard.
Most dogs larger than 25 lb will probably be faster than you, so if they decide to bolt after a squirrel you'll be along for the ride, especially if you're shorter and have no leverage.
Hence, it's worth taking the time to show your dog exactly how to respect and respond to the lead. Before attempting a run, they should already know how to walk beside or behind you, and they should be well-trained to maintain their composure whenever something interesting appears, never let your dog continue running if they start to pull.
It is important that they recognise the sensation of the collar or harness digging in and the fact that when that happens, they stop moving.
Soon enough, if you never let your dog go forward when they pull, they will learn that the fun stops as soon as they start pulling.
* Running With Your Dog
Once you've mastered the lead training, it's time to get out there and go for a run. To start, make sure you work your way up to longer distances if your dog is older or overweight. A dog, much like a human, can get hurt if you push them too hard right away.
Additionally, try to find running areas that allow enough room for both of you without the chance of running into other runners. Crowded walking paths may not be the best option, especially if your dog keeps getting distracted.
If you go for longer runs, make sure to bring along water. Also, keep in mind that some dogs - especially toy dogs - are not built for long runs. Just a short jog around the block will likely wear them out. Too much exercise can even be dangerous for some breeds.
Running with your furry friend is a lot of fun. It helps you get in shape, keeps your dog from getting over anxious and bored, and it lets the two of you spend some quality time together. However, make sure you do it right and spend the appropriate time in preparation.
Follow these tips, and you'll have all sorts of fun running with your dog each day.
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