There is nothing as fun as working out with your dog. Other than having to go to the gym on your own then having to take your dog for a walk, you can kill two birds with one stone and do both activities at the same time. There are many things that you can do but the common one is going for a run with your dog. Yes, that is very much possible and will make sure that both of you are properly exercised. Sufficient exercise is necessary for both of you and also in animals; they need to do cardio exercises to make sure they have a strong and healthy circulatory system. Some of the tips for running with your dog include:
Do a pace that both of you are comfortable with
When you are going for a jog with your dog, it is important to make sure that both of you are at a comfortable pace. It won’t be fair if you overexert your dog. Not only is it uncomfortable but can even lead to a heart attack. You should however keep in mind that every dog is different and hence if you are new with running with your dog you can try different paces until you find one that both of you are comfortable with. If you see it lagging behind or panting excessively it is time to reduce your pace.
If need be use a dog stroller
If you are jogging with a small dog, in some cases you may need a dog stroller which will act more like a baby jogger. This will make sure that your dog is well secured and comfortable through the trip. Some dogs may however resist a dog stroller especially if it is a new concept to them.
Get the right leash and collar
If you are planning to do frequent jogs with your dog then you might consider getting the right leash and collar to make sure that your dog is comfortable. If the collar does not have a comfortable fit, it m ay have a chocking effect especially when you are running with your dog as it may pull too much.
Keep your dog close to you while running
There is a possibility of getting distracted while you are doing your run which may not be very safe for your dog. To be on the safe side it is good to be aware of your dog during your run and the easiest way to ensure that is by keeping your dog close to you while you are running. Always have the leash tight especially on narrow roads or if you have an aggressive dog. Loosen up the leash if you are somewhere you are confident your dog is safe.
Make your dog get used to outdoors
As much as when it comes to dogs is more of a matter of personality, it is important to make your dog get used to going outdoors. There are some dogs that prefer indoors but you have to make them change the prospect.