At 3 years old and 22.5 kg, my dog is at the peak of his running performance. Having established that you don’t pull the leash and jump, I started training him with short runs. His agility and strength make him the perfect companion.
Before taking your dog for a run with you, think about whether he is physically fit for running. If in doubt, check with your vet. Running with your dog should be fun not only for you but for him as well.
As long as your dog is happy to run with you, There are plenty of reasons to enjoy a run together.
1. RUN AND HAVE FUN
As soon as you grab the leash, your dog rushes to the door because he knows what’s going to happen? All dog owners are familiar with this situation. Let your dog’s enthusiasm carry you along too.
2. TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE
You still have to take the dog out, so why not opt for a run and take advantage of it to get your dose of daily physical activity? You can use the time gained to prepare one of these healthy and tasty recipes when you come home.
3. THE CUTEST TRAINING PARTNER
Your dog will always be faster than you. But he will never let you know, unlike some humans …
4. MAXIMUM MOTIVATION
If you’ve tried running dogs before, you’ll know how much they want to run around fields and meadows. Bring your dog with you and your motivation will automatically rise thanks to his enthusiasm.
Good to know:
Don’t forget that dogs easily push themselves beyond their limits if the owner continues to run. Even if they have already reached the limit of their strength, they will not stop running. Be careful if your dog is getting tired.
5. IT’S GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Dogs don’t care if it’s raining or snowing. They want to run anyway, even if the weather is bad.
6. SUSTAINED PACE
Since your dog will likely run a few meters ahead of you, it’s the perfect companion for trying to increase your running pace. Instinctively, you will try to keep up with him, thus running faster.
7. YOU CAN EXPLORE NATURE
Usually, we take the dog for a walk in the park, in green areas, or in the woods. The good thing is, these seats are great for your lungs (and mood) too!
8. DOGS TAKE CARE OF YOU
Especially in the evening or in poorly lit places, it’s always safer to have someone with you. Dogs, large or small, are a deterrent to potential threats. And small dog owners know very well that little dogs can be very loud!
9. THAT LITTLE BIT MORE
People who keep fit are usually perceived positively by others. If you are an animal lover and train with the dog, you will acquire that little bit more in the eyes of others. Dogs are a real magnet!
10. ENJOY THE MOMENT
When running on uneven ground, you need to be aware of the possible presence of other animals to prevent your dog from pursuing. A great opportunity to stay focused and present.
11. YOU CAN TAKE A BREAK
You can take advantage of a pee break or an interesting meeting with another dog to catch your breath.
12. IT’S GREAT FOR BOTH OF US
When you see your dog rolling on the ground happy at the end of the run, you know that you have done something good not only for your body but also for your faithful companion.
13. THE MOST PATIENT COMPANION
Even if they run a few steps ahead of you, dogs usually adapt to your pace as long as there is a good connection between you. Otherwise, an overly enthusiastic dog might even run away ahead.
14. SUCH A DOG, SUCH A MASTER
Dogs and their owners always end up looking like overtime. Well, better for your dog if his owner is active and fit, right?
15. CALM DOWN AT HOME
Dogs that move little are more difficult to manage at home. If you keep him busy with various activities, he will be quieter at home.
16. OPPORTUNITY TO FLIRT
Studies ( 1, 2 ) show that it is much easier to start a conversation when in the company of your dog. You might consider having him with you when you run as an advantage, and there is no shortage of conversation topics.
17. STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP
During training, the dog learns to follow you. He soon learns that when the owner starts running, he could “lose” him. For this, he will always try to stay close to you
18. SAVE ON THE VET ACCOUNT
My dog coca has become a real athlete. Thanks to our regular runs, he kept himself healthy and in great shape, thus reducing the need to go to the vet.
Are you planning to take your dog with you when you run?
Keep in mind that it is best to start gradually by choosing short routes for the first few runs. Over time, your dog’s stamina will improve. Make sure you always pay attention to his reactions. Also, consider a consultation with your vet before starting “workouts”.