Tips for Running With Your Dog
Spring is dragging its heels but it looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay. And you know what that means – it’s time to freeze your gym membership, lace up your running shoes, and hit the pavement for a season of outdoor activity. Whether you’re an experienced runner looking to log some extra miles or are a newbie who needs some motivation to get into a routine, running with your dog is an excellent way for you both to get exercise and explore your thawing neighborhood.
If your dog is like most, he or she is probably happy to run alongside you for short distances. Some breeds also do fantastic on longer runs. It all depends on your dog’s breed and how much activity he or she needs to stay healthy. If you haven’t tried running with your pup yet, here are a few items that will help make the experience easier and safer.
Sport harness When it comes to choosing a harness, make sure you pick one that is designed to protect sensitive areas, like your dog’s throat and underarms. The ComfortFlex Sport Harness is specifically made for the active dog.
Hands-free leash While running, you need to be able to pump your arms naturally – so holding a leash is a no-no. Companies like Ruff Wear Inc. and Stunt Puppy make belt-type leash systems that are ready to buy.
Silicone travel bowl It’s important your dog stays hydrated when running long distances. These brightly colored silicone bowls from Bamboo collapse flat when not in use, making them easy to transport.
Once you feel comfortable running with your pup at your side, consider registering for a dog-friendly race like Dash for the Dogs 2015. The event will be held on May 17, 2015 in the suburb of Barrington, marking Animal House Shelter’s 5th annual 5K run and family fun walk. Humans and their canine companions are invited to participate to raise much-needed funds for the medical bills and other needs of the animals at Animal House Shelter.
Not only is a dog-friendly race a great way for you to bond with your pup, you’ll feel good knowing your efforts are directly helping homeless animals with injuries and medical conditions. Ready to sign up? Click here to register for Dash for the Dogs 2015 today. Then let us know if you’re planning to participate by sending us a note on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page!