Tips for Running with Dogs

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:

Read: Running with dogs: 5Ks and canines

  • 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.

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