10 Tips for Safely Running with Your Dog

0 Comments Posted by tcahvet in Pet Health on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014.

max_zoey_hands-free_leashMany people get a dog as a jogging partner and they make great ones! But before you hit the trail, here are some tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable workout with your best bud.

#1 – Plan Your Route

Make sure you know the route you are taking and that it is dog friendly. Also, make sure your dog is up to the difficulty and length of the trek.

#2 – In Good Health

Before you leave, make sure your dog is up to the trip. Look for signs of lameness. If your dog has been ill, get your vet’s okay first.

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#3 – Tell a Friend

Let someone know where you are going, especially if it’s far away, remote, or in a bad part of town. It’s just the smart thing to do.

#4 – Treats & Water

We all know water is important. The treats are good to have in case you get in a situation where you training comes into play (especially a reactive dog), but they are also good to have on hand in case the worst happens and you get stuck out there or you can throw them to distract a loose dog you encounter.

#5 – Proper Attire

Not just for you, but your dog. Think about the weather – is it hot or cold? Does your dog need a coat or a cooling vest? What about booties to protect his feet?

#6 – Clipped Nails

Make sure your dog’s nails are trimmed up before heading out. If he catches one it can tear, which will bleed like crazy and you will end up carrying your dog back.

#7 – Proper Gear

It is very important to have collar/leash/harness in good condition. A spare leash is always a good thing to carry along. Make sure your dog can’t slip his collar – a martingale is a good choice for that reason.

#8 – Leash

Using a leash made for running will make things easier for you – lightweight and hands-free – they give you back your hands for balance, etc. Do not use a flexi-lead.

#9 – Wait after Eating

To avoid bloat, make sure you give your dog time to digest food before running. An hour is usually enough, but you should ask your vet about your dog’s specific risks and what’s good for him.

#10 – Stretching

Both you and your pup should stretch after you run. It helps prevent injury and excessive soreness.


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