Most dogs should not be pushed past 3-4 miles a day.
Running is a great way to pass time. It has a variety of health benefits that can range from keeping you fit to keeping the mad anxiety that comes with the total train wreck that is adult hood in check.
Plus, there’s a certain level of smug satisfaction that comes with telling people that you are a runner. It automatically makes you sound like the kind of person who has their life together enough to casually do something like running for fun and health.
The only problem is that running is a solitary sport and sometimes that can make it more difficult. While you can certainly enlist a friend to be your running partner, finding someone who runs in a style that suits yours in terms of pacing and endurance is kind of like trying to find your soul mate, but harder.
Fortunately, humans have enlisted the help of small and furry pals for forced company, and dogs happen to make spectacular running partners. Dogs make excellent running partners not only because most of them love running, but also because they add a degree of security to your run that allows you to flee through the streets with your music blaring with slightly less fear for the fact that a raging murderer could run up and attack you with chloroform before dragging you off to their torture dungeon.
However, running with a dog isn’t quite as simple as leashing up and hitting the open roads. There are a few things that you need to know to ensure that running is as healthy for your as it is for your fluffy pal.
Making sure that your dog is running ready
When it comes to running with your pet, having an understanding of their limitations in order to avoid hurting your favorite friend is pretty important.
First of all, an injured pet is basically the saddest thing on the planet. Second, vet bills are expensive and if you have to spend extra money nursing your little pal back to health, you might not have as much money to spend on nice shoes.
As a general rule, puppies should not be trained into being running partners because their bodies are still developing and should not be exposed to rigorous exercise.
It is always a good idea to discuss running with your dog’s vet in order to make sure that there aren’t any physical concerns for them that could lead to health complications down the line. After your dog has been cleared and is proven to be in good health, you can begin the training process.
How much is too much of a good thing?
Just like you would when you start a new workout routine, you need to begin your dog’s introduction to regimented running by warming them up to the process.
Before your dog can start logging mad miles, you will want to help them out by taking them on longer walks with intermittent jogging. This will allow their bodies to begin to build the right muscles without causing them to strain or risk injuring themselves.
Since dogs are easily excited and most dogs like to run, you will find yourself needing to be the one who identifies when your dog needs to rest.
This is most easily managed by gradually increasing the duration and speed with which you run with your pet over time to help them to adapt safely in a way that will allow them to eventually take on more challenging runs without injuring themselves.
In the event that you notice your pet seems sore after a run or that they are walking strangely or nursing a certain part of their body, this is a good indicator that they might have overworked something.
If you see your dog acting a little dodgy, it would be best to scale back the amount of effort that they are exerting in order to make sure that they do not end up hurting themselves.
It is better to take a longer amount of time preparing them if it ultimately means that they can go running with you more frequently. Do not begin by making them run everyday. Instead, let them have time off so that their bodies can recover.
What factors matter?
When it comes to running with your pet, external factors can be just as important to their success as internal ones. Even a dog that is fully prepared for a run will run into trouble if you take them out in the wrong conditions.
Heat is a huge problem for dogs for several key reasons. First of all, dogs have fur. The reason that we all run in shorts and breathable clothing is because running in a fur coat is absolutely miserable.
Fur makes dogs prone to overheating, particularly dogs with thick coats. This means it is important to not take your dog out in severe heat or they might run the risk of heat related conditions.
In addition to heat making your dogs hot, it can also drastically increase the temperature of the concrete which can be incredibly damaging to doggy paws.
It is also important to consider the opposite potential for impact, which is that some dogs simply are not designed to be in cold weather and will not fair well in those conditions.
In addition to temperature, distance is an important factor that can impact how successful dogs are when it comes to running. Not every dog is physically built to run twenty miles, even if they are in the prime of their health.
You will also want to consider any breed specific physical ailments that might be exacerbated by speed or distance running.
Running is a fulfilling way to get exercise and do your body a lot of good, and we are of the opinion that with the right shoes it is an amazing experience that most anyone can benefit from.
Taking a furry pal along for the ride is a great way to keep your favorite pal in shape and have a fun and unique bonding experience that will benefit you both.
As long as you take the appropriate steps and look out for your little friend, running with a dog is an awesome way to pass your time!