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5 Tips for Running
with Your Dog
A D A M C R O M A N
Playing and running outdoors are a
couple ways that dogs love to
spend their time. A great way to
motivate yourself while bonding
with your pup is to include them in
your running routines.
If you’re interested in including
your dog in your morning or
evening running routine? Check out
these essential tips for running with
1. Check with
If you’re not sure whether your dog
is healthy enough to run, check with
your vet first. Professionals will let
you know if there are any health
concerns and can provide you with
advice about what exercises are safe
for your pup. Your dog may be
healthy, but it’s still best to seek the
advice of a vet because they may
recommend dietary plans to
compliments your exercise routine.
2. Start them at the
If you have a young puppy, it might
be best to avoid running off the bat.
Running on hard surfaces can
damage joints and bones that
aren’t yet fully formed. Experts
state that a young dog’s growth
plates–cartilage near the ends of
bones–don’t start closing until 8–12
months, but it varies depending on
3. Warm up
Before starting your run, make sure
you warm up with your pet. Give
Buddy and yourself a few minutes to
walk or jog slowly. It’s essential to
warm up muscles to protect against
Combining intervals of walking and
jogging, this plan helps you and
your dog recover and catch your
4. Watch their paws!
Keep in mind where you run with
your dog. A hot blacktop, icy path,
or surface where there may be road
debris or glass can cause paw
injuries. Be mindful if your dog
starts to limp or lick its feed. Before
and after running, inspect your
dog’s pad for cuts or bruises. Make
sure to take breaks to check if your
dog is ok.
5. Get the proper gear
Purchase a 4 to 6-foot leash for your
dog. Longer leashes can be
troublesome when jogging. Your
dog’s nose should be parallel to you
knee and your arms, straight down
at your side, holding the leash right
near the collar. This helps them get
used to the pace. During this
essential teaching stage, it’s helpful
to keep this position during
It’s important to make your run
enjoyable for both owner and pet.
Taking the necessary precautions
to make sure your dog is healthy
and safe during walking or jogging
can make your time together easy.
Once they’ve mastered the art of
running on a leash, your pup may
be excited and willing to run with
you! In the long run, running with
your dog can help both of you keep
excess weight off and stimulate
your health for the better.
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