Breaking news - dogs love being outside. Some of them can even run further than you think. A healthy labrador can keep up with your easy pace for a few miles. The next time you set out to go for a run, especially a trail run, take your pooch with you.

 

Running with dogs.

By Edmund Arellano

 

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While dogs are meant to be outside, not all dogs are meant to run far. There are a few breeds that should not be dragged to run alongside your 5 mile run. These include pugs and bulldogs because of their pushed-in noses, which makes it difficult for them to get enough air. Other breeds include those that are short-legged, such as Cardigan Welsh Corgis or Tibetan Spaniels. Sure - Corgis and Spaniels love to run, but they won't be able to keep up for 5 miles with those short little legs.

Before you ever consider taking your dog for a long run, be sure to do a quick health check up with your vet. This is important. If your dog has hip issues, a long run could cause some serious injuries. Once you've been given a clean bill of health, start a training program to understand your dog's current state of endurance. That is, don't take your dog on a super long run for his first trip.

Why do we take our dogs running?

I want to take a different approach to this article than what you'll find in other sites. Other authors will tell you about the physical and overall well-being of the dog's health. This is all great stuff, but what about you - the runner? What benefits does running with your dog gain for you?

  • It can be challenging. Depending on your dog's breed, you might be facing a challenge, which will push you to run faster, longer, and harder. Dogs with high energy are great for runs, especially terriers.
  • You'll bond with your best-friend. Your first few runs with your pooch may be a little strenuous. The dog doesn't understand what's going on. But once a routine is in place, both of you will not only look forward to a good run, you'll be improving together.
  • A change of pace. If you've ever done a training program for any distance race, you'll see that it's not all about running far. You have to include some cross-training, such as sprints or intervals. You and your dog would have fun doing this together. Get your dog to sprint and walk with you several times, and you'll both be sleeping good at night.

We like to keep our articles short and to the point, but if you're interested in reading more about training your dog to run a long distance, check out VetStreet.

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