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How to Run or Jog with Your Dog

One of the best things about owning a dog is that there are so many things you can do with them.

From playing fetch with dogs to going for walks, your dog really does become your best friend - tagging along with you anywhere you go.

But, if you want to go for a run with your dog - something you no doubt see in local parks and along the water all the time, you'll need to make sure your dog is suited for it.

Some dogs just don't want to run. Others get too excited and try to take your shoulder socket with them.

Others still will simply zig zag and pull you in the wrong direction. So, before you go for that run, you'll need to take some time to each your dog what he should be doing when the feet hit the pavement.

Leash Training 101

For the most part, running with your dog starts with basic leash training. If your dog understands how to walk on a leash, he will understand how to run on a leash. Much more than when you're walking, though, you'll need to teach your dog to stop pulling the leash so hard.

Most dogs larger than 25 pounds will probably be faster than you, so if he decides to bolt after a squirrel or a sandwich in the gutter, you'll be along for the ride, especially if you're shorter and have no leverage.

So, you need to take the time and show your dog exactly how to respect and respond to the leash. They should already know how to walk beside or behind you, and they should be well trained to maintain their composure whenever something interesting appears.

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This is a long process that starts with the basic commands - sit, stay, wait, heel. With these commands in mind, the dog will be able to focus on you more than on the walk. Additionally, never let your dog continue running if they start to pull.

It is important that he recognizes the sensation of the collar or harness digging into his neck and the fact that when that happens, he stops moving. Soon enough, if you never let the dog go forward when he pulls, he will learn that the fun stops as soon as he starts pulling.

The Run

Once you've mastered the leash training, it's time to get out there and go for a run. To start with, make sure you work your way up to longer distances if your dog is older or overweight. A dog, much like a human can get hurt if you push them too hard right away.

Additionally, try to find running areas that allow enough room for both of you without the chance of running directly into other runners. Crowded walking paths may not be the best option, especially if your dog keeps getting distracted.

If you go for longer runs, make sure to bring along water. Also, keep in mind that some dogs - especially toy dogs - are not built for long runs. Just a short jog around the block will likely wear them out. Too much exercises for dogs can even be dangerous for some breeds.

Running with your furry friend can be a lot of fun. It helps you get in shape, keeps your dog from getting over anxious and bored, and it lets the two of you spend some quality time together. However, make sure you do it right and spend the appropriate time in preparation.

Do that, and you'll have all sorts of fun running with your dog each day.

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