Making the Most of Your Summer: Tips For Running With Your Dog
Although exercise is important year-round, the warmer days of the year makes it easier for you to head outside with your four-legged pal. Whether you’re already a road warrior or a beginner, running with your dog is not only a great way to stay active, it will also strengthen the bond between you and your friend.
While it seems like running might be natural for dogs, here are a few things to consider:
- YOUR DOG’S AGE AND BREED. Although giant, toy or brachycephalic breeds, puppies and senior dogs are not best suited to run longer distances, most dogs can benefit from a short 2–3km jog or walk. Of course, if your dog is new to running, consulting your vet beforehand will ensure that you prevent any unwanted injuries.
- YOUR DOG’S FITNESS LEVEL. Just like humans, dogs need to train to get from couch potato to 5k-ready shape. Take things slowly and try alternating between walking and running while gradually increasing the time spent running so that your dog can build up their endurance.
- NUTRITION. By feeding your canine friend a food that has nutritious ingredients, you’ll ensure that they consume the essential macro nutrients they need to fuel their workouts. Choose a quality food with real meat as the first ingredient. The food should include healthy fats and complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly.
Make sure that you supply plenty of clean water before, during, and after your runs for optimal hydration.
Additionally, you may want to practice appropriate on-leash behaviours before embarking on your first run, and investing in running booties to protect their paws from hot pavements. Keeping these tips in mind, you’ll both be ready to hit the pavement soon!
To read more about proper nutrition for your budding canine athlete, visit Nutrience.ca.