Dog is woman’s best friend. What better way to get some exercise than taking your pet with you on a run? It’s a great way for them to burn off some of that built up hyperactivity that they can acquire. And, it’s a great way for you to burn off that pent up frustration from your job — whether your office is a cubicle or a minivan. We have rounded up some tips from About.com to keep you and your dog safe, as well as some must-have accessories!
Don’t run with younger or older dogs. Take a dog between the ages of 2 and 6 for the best experience for the both of you.
Ease your dog in. Just like humans, dogs need to build up their pads. Gradually you can take them on longer runs, but watch their pads for bleeding, tenderness, or raw spots. If you see any of these, give the dog a few days to recover.
Stick to trails when possible. These surfaces will be much easier on your dog’s joints than sidewalks or streets. New to trail running? We’ve got you covered.
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Always keep him on a leash. No matter how well trained, the dog is probable to run after another animal or jogger. Keep them on a leash so you don’t end up running after them instead of with them.
Watch for overheating. Signs of fatigue or heat illness include panting, slowing down, foaming at the mouth, weakness, inability to stand, uncontrolled movement, agitation and glazed eyes. If you see any of these, cool your dog immediately by thoroughly wetting him with cold water and getting him into the shade or an air conditioned area, if possible. If your dog starts to vomit or doesn’t improve within 10 minutes, you need to seek veterinary help as quickly as possible.
Keep your dog hydrated. Show him how to drink out of your water bottle or buy a portable doggie dish.
SKINNY MOM’S FAVE DOG RUNNING ACCESSORIES
Arm and Hammer Poop Bags: These help you be prepared in any situation, and clip easily to a leash or to your pocket! Plus, the odor control will make your doggy runs a little less smelly. Click here to check it out.
Bamboo Pet Collapsible Bowl: This folds up easily into a flat frisbee shape so you can store it and go, and your four-legged friend will have no fear of dehydration. Click here to check it out.
Zuke’s Power Bones: These all natural treats will help restore your pet’s energy and nutrients after a long run, and they will love the taste too! Click here to check it out.