Running with Your Dog
One of my favorite topics to talk about and do in life! I started running with my dogs years ago. And to this day I cannot run without my dog. However doing so safely is important. And hopefully today I will give you somethings to think about as you head out the door.
Safely Running with Your Dog
Before you head out the door with your dog PLEASE consider these things to keep you and your dog safe.
Keep a leash on your dog. Keeping a leash on your dog, no matter how well they are trained to stay by your side will keep them safe from harm. Whether that means the one time chase of the “SQUIRREL!” that brings them to cross the road in front of potential traffic. Or running up to that deer infested with deer ticks. Or simply running up to the stranger with their dog who is simply walking with their dog the proper way- one dog off leash can antagonize the other and a fight can result. So many things can happen so why not keep you, your dog, other dogs, other animals, the environment and anything/ one else I forgot safe and sound!
Which brings me to the Environment, if your dog is off leash and needs to go, your dog can be far ahead of you and you may not see where they go and someone may not just see it as “SH…..I….T…..Happens!” No one likes to step in the loads left behind, I know it annoys me…..so please be responsible and PICK UP THE POOP!
Leashes should be a comfortable length of 4 to 6 ft, not to short, not to long. Okay if your insistent on letting your dog off leash, let them drag a long line of 20 ft as they run with you, so they are in fact on leash but you are hands free. BUT make sure they are good no GREAT at voice control. And please be sure you are in an area where others will not be bothered. Or your dog cannot run into traffic. And watch your dog 100% of the time, not 90%, not 95%, BUT 100%!
Protect your feet with the proper running shoe of course- you can go into your running store and they can custom fit you for the proper shoe for you. Also protect your dogs paws from the elements- be it the hot pavement or freezing snow or ice. You can put dog boots on your dog. This can be funny at first as your dog may walk funny- hey they’re probably no used to wearing anything on their paws! OR you can get paw wax such as Mushers Wax or some other paw protection there are more and more coming out on the market everyday. But this can be rubbed on their paws and your set to go out and run!
Here is a list of supplies you will need before you head out the door:
Paw/ Foot protection
Knowledge of basic training
You and your dog should know some basic commands
Time of Day
What time of day are you going to be running? Running in the morning especially in the summer months will reduce the risk of overheating of you and your dog. It will keep the risk of paw damage due to hot pavement down as well.
Running at night and you and your dog will need reflective gear and or lights to lead the way. This is so that you do not trip and fall over or on your dog. Your dog will be fine as they are able to see in low light situations and can detect movement! Yes, they are your built in motion detectors. Although if you must run in the dark, I do highly suggest you bring your dog- especially any ladies out there, as you will have that added protection from attackers- few attackers will mess with someone with a dog because even the smallest of dogs can be a huge protector of their humans!
Ok, these are just some of the things to think about when you go out running with your dog. May I suggest getting my book “Get Your Leash On!” to read up on everything about Running with your dog! Here is the link: You can click on the image below to bring you there as well.
Ok, until tomorrow have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.