Running alone can be boring and uninteresting sometimes, and research has actually shown that working out with a partner increases your motivation and the likelihood that you’ll eventually stick to your program.
So why not ask your best friend? The one who’s always happy to see you, has a ton of energy to expend, is always ready to go and never says, “I have a headache,” “I’m tired,” or “there’s a football game tonight”. Yes, as you might have guessed, we’re talking about your dog.
Follow these tips so that man’s best friend might become man’s best workout partner.
1. Talk to your vet
Consult your physician before starting an exercise program. For a good reason, it’s in the fine print of nearly every gym membership. This is a smart advice not just for you but for your dog as well. Dogs may have a nagging health issue you’re not aware of since they don’t complain as we do, so tell your veterinarian that you plan on exercising with your dog, so he or she can pay closer attention to his heart, lungs, and joints.
2. Know your breed
For uphill and distance running, certain breeds of dogs are better suited than others. Retrievers, terriers, shepherds, and other working dogs are built to run longer distances while some others are not. You should ask your veterinarian for a list of breeds that make good running partners.
3. Build up graduallys
While you want to train at a more intense level, it might not always be a safe option for your pet? A dog, just like any other person who hasn’t exercised before, needs to work his way up.
4. Watch their paws
Be careful of the type of surface you’re running on. Injuries can occur by jogging on jagged ice, glass, hot blacktop, and other roadside debris. Stop your workout immediately if your dog starts to limp or lick its paws.
5. Keep them hydrated
Make sure you and your dog have enough water before and after workout. It’s smart to carry water with you, if you plan on running a long distance.
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