Running is a great and healthy activity without a doubt. But it can get a bit monotonous if you don’t have a companion who’ll run with you. If you have a dog though, you also have a potentially amazing running buddy at your side.
Running together with your dog is good for both of you. Your dog will get their necessary daily walk, and you’ll get your workout. However, you must first train your dog to become an ideal running companion.
So let’s take a look at a couple of tips on how to do just that.
Take your dog’s breed and age into consideration
Some breeds are more suited for long distance walk and some aren’t. Dogs with short muzzles can’t walk for long, so if you have a pug or a bulldog, stick to short distance running. Puppies also shouldn’t be taken out on running routines because their bones are still developing.
On the other hand, your dog might be the perfect breed for running and not enjoy it. It all depends on their personality and character. Don’t force them to be your running buddy if they don’t want to.
Walk before running
Much like humans, dogs also need to get in shape before they could run a marathon. That’s why you should start off easy, with walks. Take your dog out for walks on a daily basis.
Also, you need to teach your dog to stick close to you so that you don’t have to hold the leash tightly. If they don’t learn that before you start running together, they might tug on the leash in the middle of the run and make you fall over and hurt yourself. Teach them to next to you on one side, without running in front of you or making a zig zag motion.
Let your dog know when it’s time for a dash
You should teach your dog a command that will let them know it’s time to speed up. Phrases like “Pedal to the metal!” or “Hammer time!” will do the trick. You will also need to teach them a command to slow down or stop.
Give these cues right before you increase or decrease the pace and your dog will learn to understand them quickly.
Bring a couple of essentials along with you
You need a pair of running shoes (if you are in a need of a new pair check out the reviews on Comforthacks), some water and your phone with earphones and that’s about it. Your dog needs a leash, some treats, and a water bottle for dogs.
Bringing treats along with you is a good idea because you can use them to reward your dog after a job well done. You don’t want your dog to be thirsty or dehydrated, so bring a dog water bottle with you. They are similar to regular bottles, but they have a small bowl on the cap that lets your dog drink from it. They can be bought in almost any pet shop
I hope this article will help you train your dog to become a great running companion. Then you’ll have another bonding activity to enjoy with your furry best friend.