Dogs are the best running partners. Besides the fact that they’re always ready to spend time with you, they also have plenty of energy ready to burn. Your dog can also serve as a source of workout inspiration when you’re feeling lazy. On those days you don’t want to get off the couch, you can depend on your dog to come to you with leash in mouth, his loving and eager eyes staring at you, then the door, who can say no to puppy eyes?
Although running with your dog keeps him fit and is great bonding time, not every dog is cut out for running. While some dogs are natural runners, others require some amount of training before being able to run with you. Make sure you know the type of pet you have before taking him on a dog-friendly run. Let’s take a look at some tips to bear in mind before hitting the pavement with your dog:
IMMEDIATE RUNNING IS NOT ALLOWED
Do not take your pet for a dog-friendly run immediately after eating or before eating. Most dogs, especially large ones, can bloat when you do this. Bloating is a condition where the stomach swells, and all circulation is cut off, thereby causing a huge amount of shock and finally death which usually happens within an hour. Therefore, you need to ensure that your dog gets sufficient rest before he hits the pavement. Ensure that he is very cool before feeding him. Deep-chested breeds like Great Danes, Dobermans, and German Shepherds are the most susceptible types. Although there are a lot of other causes for bloating, feeding your dog before an exercise accounts for the most part of it.
PROTECT THE PAWS
Make sure your dog’s paws are well protected before taking him on a dog-friendly run. Be wary of the heat given off by the pavement during the summer, and the cold given off by the snow during winter. You can do this by getting dog booties to protect your dog’s paws from the hot asphalt during summer or to make winter runs more comfortable. In the winter, don’t forget to clean out all the packed snow and salt from his paws.
CHECK YOUR DOG’S HEALTH
Be mindful of your dog’s health before allowing him to hit the road. Things like joint problems, which are quite common in older pups, should be assessed before going on that run. Also, you might have a dog with short legs, which might make him unable to keep up with your pace. There are a lot of health issues you need to consider before taking your dog on a run. Contact your vet to be certain your dog is fit to run.
Bring the Poof Pet Activity Tracker with you when you are going for a dog-friendly run as it will help you track the activity of your dog. This device is lightweight and has a long-lasting battery so you don’t have worry about missing any activity. You can set exercise goals for your pet and share your achievements with other Poof pet lovers.
The information and tips were compiled from the below sources. Check them out for more tips to make your run dog-friendly run: