Do you want to be jogging partners with your pooch? With a few little training steps, that can be accomplished! Are you running out of ideas for how to spend quality time with your dog? Do you wonder how to make sure your pet gets more exercise? Well, we have an answer: Start jogging with your dog!
Dogs can make great running partners because they can go at almost any pace, and they won’t bore you with any long stories. With a few easy steps, you can have a great partner and a safe jogging adventure.
- Wait until your pet is full grown. By waiting until your pet is about a year old, you are making sure that the bones have time to mature and grow sturdy. On the same note, taking an older dog jogging is not the best idea, either. Most large breeds shouldn’t be running past the age of seven, according to expets. And most small breeds should stop running at around the age of ten. Don’t forget that there is always the classic option of going for a walk, which may be easier on your pet’s bones and joints—and on yours.
- Slowly ease your dog into the jogging routine. By gradually increasing the mileage, you are allowing for the pads of your pet’s feet to grow tougher. This will make your dog less susceptible to injury. For the first few running sessions, you may want to check the pads for any signs of tenderness or raw spots. If you see any, let your pooch have the next few days off.
- Water, water, water! Keeping your dog hydrated is very important, especially in warmer temperatures. You can either train your pet to drink from a water bottle, or you can invest in a collapsible water bowl.
- Always keep your pet on a leash. Even if your dog is well-trained, accidents or distractions can happen.
Ready, set, run!
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