Helpful Tips for Running with Your Four Legged Friend
Stick to a Routine
Just like your training plan and workout schedule, dogs do best when they have a routine. Try to plan your runs at the same time so they can get used to a set running schedule.
Find a Paw Friendly Route
You like to mix up your running routes and so do they! Make sure that the route you pick is dog-friendly. The softer the surface, the better for your pup’s paws! We suggest hitting the trails with your dog and avoiding concrete sidewalks when possible.
Be Prepared to Stop and Smell the _______
You may need to stop mid-run for a break, to lace up your shoes, or to grab fuel… and your four legged friend will mostly likely want to stop too. Remember they are a dog after all and love to stop and smell the_________?
Have the Right Gear
Dogs don’t need shoes and they don’t need athletic apparel but a good running leash goes a long way. We suggest the Nathan Runner’s K9 Waistbelt with Dog Leash. The waistbelt is perfect to store treats for your dog and some of your items too. The the leash is no tug, so you and your dog can log the miles without the pull!
Worry Less About Your Run and Enjoy the Time with Your Best Friend
Remember this is not about logging your training miles or getting in your speed workout. This is an extra bonus run with your best training partner. Don’t worry about your pace, time, or distance. Enjoy the time with your dog and have fun!
It’s important to carry water for your dog with you or to have some ready to go in your car. Just like you, your dog will want to rehydrate before, on, and after the run! Be sure to bring extra for both of you, especially on those hot days.
Dog Eat Dog World
More miles means more fuel. With this added exercise routine, you may notice your dog is eating more or looking for more food. It’s probably because he is feeling hungrier due to the increase in activity. Be sure to talk to your vet about your dog’s daily food intake and if they suggest any changes due to the new running routine.
Your not the only one who can benefit from a rest day! Make sure to give your pup a rest from time to time. In fact, we suggest you enjoy your rest days together. Go ahead and let them jump on the couch with you and snuggle!
The Dog Days
Pay attention to the weather, especially with extreme heat and cold temperatures. This may not be the best day to take the dog running. For hotter days bring more water and go for shorter lengths of time. For cooler days consider an extra layer for your dog. No matter the day pay attention to your dog and like you, “listen to their body” or look for signs of discomfort or pain.
When you finish a race you are rewarded with a medal. Don’t forget to reward your dog with their favorite treat or playtime with their favorite toy!