Your dog always knows when you’re going running. He or she reads all the clues you provide before you step out the door. Does he give you those big sad “I wanna go with you” eyes? You know he would love spending time with you in the fresh air getting all that healthy exercise but it may not be as easy as you think to handle a dog out on the trails. Of course a lot depends on your level of patience and how well your dog follows commands. Here’s ten tips you should follow if you’re thinking of bringing your four legged best friend out running with you.
Trail Running With Your Dog
Know Your Dog
You live with him and take care of him every day. Don’t shortchange him now by neglecting to take his nature into account when you decide to make him your running partner. Most dogs are great sprinters but aren’t superstars when it comes to long distance running. Knowing the specifics of your dog’s breed (or your best guess) and recognizing his limitations will help to insure a safer and more productive run for both of you. Very young, overweight or geriatric dogs may just need frequent breaks. Other dogs may lack social skills and need a slow, planned introduction to the rules of the road and a little tutoring in good neighbor practices when dealing with four-footed and two-legged strangers.
Watch this super fun video of Foo…the trail running dog.
So now you know how much fun running with your dog can be and you have a better idea of what you need to do to get started. Don’t forget to share this post with a friend whose pooch might like to tag along on their shorter runs. Like our Facebook page and connect with all kinds of runners and get links to the best nutrition and training advice.