5 Tips for Running with Dogs

Post-race Pics with Zoe  
I have run many miles with my dog. Here are my 5 tips for running with dogs:

  • Start out with low mileage and gradually add more, just like you do for yourself.
  • I use the Gentle Leader collar, which decreases pulling. Because even though you think you'd like someone to pull you up the hill, you really don't. 
  • If your dog lags behind, it's probably time to rest.
  • In hot weather during long runs, carry a small, collapsible bowl for water. Carry it between a fuel belt and your waist. 
  • I allow my dog to choose how much to drink rather than coax her to drink. I think dogs probably know to "drink to thirst"! 

Yesterday, I ran 9 miles. I ran the first and the last few miles with my 8 year old Weimaraner, Zoe. This was the first time that I took her out twice during a run, but since our new backyard backs up to the park where I run, it was easy to pick her up for my cool-down mile.

Special thanks to my husband for the photo collage! 

Do you run with your dog? Have any tips?

Comments

  1. My tip is...don't run with dogs. Hahahahah. I've tried running with mine and it just doesn't work out. Which is a bummer, really, because I would love to be able to run with mine!

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    1. Ah, too bad! Hopefully, your dog is a great walking dog!

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  2. Both my husband and I take our German Shepherd running. He's great in the winter but his triple layer coat gets him too heated in the summer. We use the Buddy System leash. He doesn't need the gentle leader as he runs by our side or slightly behind, sometimes in front but never pulls. The Buddy system goes around your waist for hands free running. It's great!
    I'm training my Border Collie (who is named Zoey (but I added the "y")). She will be a year old this month. She's a completely different runner to Shane. She will pull like blazes and HAS TO HAVE the gentle leader. She stops to bark at me which is so dangerous, I'm just hoping she out grows it.
    My tips: Begin taking the puppy on long walks for leash training. Do short runs. When they are about 6 mos. you can start longer runs, about 2 - 3 miles. If they run easy, progress from there. If they run hard, give them more time to mature, calm down and then increase the miles. The main tip is to train them to run as you would yourself. Never increase miles too rapidly, always carry water if you run longer than 30 minutes (in the winter, mine eat snow) and if they seem tired, be patient and allow to rest. It's hot under all that fur! :)

    Dogs make the best partners. They never say no and are great if you run in the dark - protection.

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    1. Those are great tips, Joanne! My favorite: The main tip is to train them to run as you would yourself.

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  3. Aww, your dog is so cute! I love running with my dog. I use a similar collar--I think ours is called a "Halti" but it looks the same.

    Our whippet rarely gets tired in mild weather. I have taken her as far as 9 or 10 miles. In the summer, I leave her home during the day, but I will take her out at night if it's not TOO hot. In the winter, she's fine. Her favorite runs are at the park on trails in the snow (with a coat of course).

    The worst part is the poop--as a responsible dog owner I have to carry poop bags. I've found out I can shove a couple in the pocket of my running shorts, the one that is made for keys. Alternately I tie one on her collar. I've rearranged many a runs to take me past a dumpster or public garbage so I could drop off poop bags sooner rather than later! LOL

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    1. Your whippet is a cute dog, too! Thanks for sharing about your dog and running. It's fun reading these comments!

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  4. Great tips this, thanks! I'm teaching our one dog to run with me but he has a mind of his own. Patience...:)

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    1. For me, the worst part is just trying not to trip over my dog!

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  5. Your dog is beautiful! I run with my English Pointer all the time- we rescued her in July (she's 4) and was SO glad that she loved running just as much as me! I hope she can still run when she's 8:)

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    1. I love the cute and funny pictures you post of your dog on your blog!

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  6. I love running with my dog. I just did 6.5 miles with him this morning. I love how dogs are always so eager to go running!

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    1. I love that, too! It makes running more fun when you have an eager training partner!

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  7. That is too cute! I sometimes run with my dog, but he can only do 1 mile at a time. First I have to walk him for a little, so he can do his business and then he is really good on the leash.

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  8. I run with my lab and the best thing I've found is teaching him to run matching my pace. Our first few runs I would jerk back gently as he would pull in front and in no time he learned that he's not racing me but running with me. It's also important to stretch them just as you would stretch after a run. My husband took my dog on the trails yesterday and ran 5 miles and he looooved having both of us stretch his legs and massage them after they got back.

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  9. I want to run with my lab mix, Grace, but (as funny as it sounds) don't really know how (i.e. how far to go, how far, when to stop, etc). Thank you for these tips - I think I am going to take her out this week!

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    1. That's great to hear! I hope it's a lot of fun!

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