Going for a run with your dog is a great way to go jogging without getting bored on a solitary exercise. But if we take care that our own physical exercise corresponds to our real energy needs, are we equally careful about our four-legged friend? This is what you should do before putting on its harness for an open air run.
More than ever before, we always do everything in a rush nowadays. But if we are determined to go running, why not to do accompanied by our dog? Dog-running is an activity which not only is good for you, it also gives you a moment of pleasure to break the day’s routine, while offering you a delightful opportunity for reciprocal enjoyment that will boost your relationship with your four-legged friend.
In other words, going for a run with your dog brings you nothing but benefits. Such as:
- running with your dog is fun: not because it’s a race to see who can run fastest, but to combine exercise with play, knowing that part of the time will be dedicated to off-piste activities and games, starting with plenty of cuddles…
- running with your dog is gratifying: for all dogs, even those who spend too much time lying on the sofa, running is a basic natural instinct. This is one of the reasons why – during your fitness exercise – it’s more satisfying to have a dog by your side rather than a coach who keeps barking at you to run faster…
- running with your dog is motivational: if your dog is used to regularly running with you, there may well come certain days – getting home from work, tempted to skip your run – when your dog will want to take you for a run! It will remind you loud and clear that it’s time for your run together, holding its harness in its mouth, wagging its tail and barking or whining imploringly at the door.
- running with your dog is safer: late in the day on a winter afternoon, when darkness falls and running trails or facilities are sparsely frequented, running with a dog by your side is a more tranquil sensation than running alone. Even if your dog is the sweetest and shyest dog in the world, if a suspicious person approaches you’ll be amazed at how fearlessly protective it will become.
So far, however, we been listing the things that are good for human beings. But when there are six legs running, are you sure you know what is good for your dog? Here are some suggestions for running with your dog without harming its health and wellbeing in any way.