December 22, 2020
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more. As a human dog, you’ve probably thought about including your dog in your resolution this year. This guide will help you make sure that you and your dog practice safe exercise habits.
While many dogs are great runners, some breeds are less suitable for long-distance adventures. Older dogs may have joint problems, and puppies still have growing bones, so be sure to consider your dog’s individual health as well as his breed’s ability to run. Whether it’s your dog’s personality or build, make sure your dog has the desire and ability to be your running partner.
Dogs can be more sensitive to time than their owners. As they overheat more easily than humans, it is best to be careful during hot weather and to avoid running at noon. Stay in the shade and avoid hot surfaces such as asphalt, black roof and sand. To check if the surface is safe for your dog, place your hand or bare foot on it for ten seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.
Creating a routine can help keep your dog calm. Establish a routine, such as putting on your dog’s harness and leash, getting the dog to sit next to you until it calms down, then start running. Establishing a routine will help relieve any anxiety that your dog may feel.
Like humans, dogs take time to become long-distance runners. There are many training plans to make sure your dog is building proper endurance before trying long runs.
Make sure your dog is comfortable walk with a leash before you start running. The last thing you want in the long run with your dog is for them to stop smelling something. Reward your dog for good behavior and make sure he can walk with a loose leash.
Flooring can be difficult for your dog’s joints, just like your own. Instead, try running on black trails. Just be sure to check in the park or trail to see if dogs are allowed and be sure to protect yourself and your dog from wildlife and ticks.
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Especially with a new runner who takes the time to drink the water needed for your dog’s health. Stop every ten minutes until you can get a better idea of how often your dog needs water, and wear folding bowl and water to make sure you and your dog are hydrated.
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