Jogging and Bonding With Your Dog

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This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jenn Lee

 

 

Not only is he man’s best friend, he can also be one of your best workout buddies. Let’s think
about it-who gets more enthusiastic about spending time with you than your dog? Most days
when you talk about going for a walk with your dog, he has the leash ready in his mouth, and
he’s jumping up and down with excitement for the run. Walking or jogging with your dog means
that you get more exercise in the process while being out in nature.

Choosing the Right Breed of Dog

Before you start to take your dog with you on your workout regimen, you should first understand
how not every breed will be suited for a long walk of many miles. Not all dogs can manage this,
and you also have to consider the dog’s build and his health. You want your dog to stay safe
while working out with you. The benefit is that you both get exercise, but you do have some
inherent dangers that come with it. The breeds that won’t make for a good workout buddy
because it will overexert them include:

  • Chihuahuas
  • Pugs
  • Bulldogs
  • Shih Tzus

Don’t Start Them Too Young

You should never start a puppy out too young with running because running on the hard
surfaces could damage his joints. For the best safety, you should wait until the puppy’s growth
plates have started to close. This will be less time for a Jack Russell Terrier than what it would
be if you had a Great Dane. The growth plates are the cartilage near the end of the bones. The
safest way to decide on when you can start taking your dog for long walks is to speak with your
veterinarian.

Running Off-Leash Can Be Risky

Especially once you get out into the woods, you might take your dog off his leash to run on the
trails . However, this does have a few dangers that come with it. For example, your dog might
run off, which is why you should only choose this method if you have a dog that comes back on
recall without question. Another danger is how you have other animals in the woods like
coyotes, skunks, snakes and mountain lions. If your dog runs off, you want to ensure that he will
come back. If not, don’t take him off the leash to start. Another risk is how your dog could attack
innocent bystanders. If you have an aggressive dog breed, you shouldn’t be taking him off his
leash. He must be under your control at all times, and some parks will even put a restriction on
dogs that they have to stay on the leash. For a run that is longer than 30 minutes, you may also
want to bring water. Some dog breeds like the husky don’t do well in high temperatures, and you
should take this into consideration.

Bonding Time with Your Dog

One of the biggest reasons that you want to take your dog out on a run is that it gives you time
to bond with your best friend . Your dog will love getting to exercise with you. Provided you have
the right dog for it, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. You can have a lot of fun running the
trails with your dog. ?

Setting memories with your dog and doing things that you like will keep you happy. Especially
when both of you need exercise, you might do something simple like hiking a trail. The
advantage of taking your dog with is how he can also protect you. Give trail running a try, and
you will experience the wonders of nature while running with your dog. It’s important when first
starting, however, not to overexert yourself or your dog. You might also choose a mobile dog
groomer
because it will keep your dog in healthy condition on the runs.

Jenn Lee, is a family blogger and proud parent of Reggie the Golden Retriever .