Tips for Running with Dogs
To maximize health, safety and fun, dog trainer Jill Freifeld of Happy Hound Pet Care in Silver Spring offers these suggestions:
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- Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to be sure it’s fit and healthy enough to run.
- Puppies should not run long distances while their bodies are still developing; it could stress their joints and damage forming bones. Older dogs with any physical limitations that make running painful or unsafe also should not run (again, check with your vet).
- Take your dog’s breed into account; smaller dogs and brachycephalic dogs (those with short noses and pushed-in faces) will tire more quickly than larger dogs and those bred to hunt or herd.
- To avoid accidentally yanking on your dog’s neck and to maximize comfort, try a harness rather than a collar.