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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 06:18AM

Running with Dog

Are you searching for a new running partner? A partner who you can rely on, who will run at your pace and who does not talk about the latest drama? Why not pick man’s best friend? With some training, your dog could make a great running partner. Before hitting the trails, you need to take some factors into consideration. Your dog will need to know a few simple commands and how to act around other dogs. Enroll your dog in an obedience class. Your dog will learn simple commands while socializing with other dogs and people.

Consider the breed of your dog. The best breeds for running are working dogs that are at least knee high. A good running dog is an Australian Cattle Dog, an Australian Shepherd, a Border Collie, a German Shepherd, a German Pointer, a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever. The next factor to consider is the age of your dog. If you plan on running with a small dog, the dog should be at least 6 months old and no older than 10 years old. If you have a larger breed dog, wait until they are at least 1 year old before taking them on a run. Larger dogs should start reducing their mileage after the age of 7.

Before starting a new exercise routine, it’s recommended that you get your doctor’s approval. It’s no different with your dog. Before hitting the trail with your dog, get your vet to examine your dog to make sure they are up for the first run. Once the vet approves of your dog running, start them out slow. If you notice your dog’s mouth wide open and their tongue hanging out, you will need to slow down. If your dog starts to hang behind or lays down at a water break, you may need to end the run. Be sure your dog gets plenty of water before and after the run. If you know you will need water during the run, make sure you bring water for your dog, too.

Unfortunately, dogs do not have running shoes so before and after each run, check your dog’s paws. If you notice your dog licking their paws, limping, having raw spots on their pads or bleeding pads, they will need to skip the next few runs. In the summertime, avoid running your dogs on any blacktop road. The heat of the blacktop could burn your dog’s paws and cause your dog to get overheated.

Dogs make wonderful running partners once properly trained.

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