If you’re physically active and fond of exercising or running, you can involve your pet so that he also gets the right amount of physical activity each day. Dogs make great running partners – they won’t bother you with talk plus it’s a great way to bond with your pet. But like you did in the beginning, your furry friend needs training until he reaches your pace. It may take a while, but with the right approach, you’ll soon have the best running partner!
Follow these simple tips to turn your pet dog into your running partner:
Start with leash training
Start by taking your dog on a walk using a short leash, ideally 2 to 3 feet to help him stay by your side. Walk slowly side by side. If he does this with no problem, reward him with treats. If he gets distracted and starts to pull away, stop walking until he stops – this will let him know that walking will stop whenever he pulls. Leash training may take a while, especially if your pet isn’t used to daily walks so just be patient. If you’re uncomfortable with using a leash (which pulls on the neck), a harness is a good alternative.
Check with your vet
Experts recommend that a canine must be at least a year old before he starts with a running routine as puppies can easily get injured if exposed to rigorous physical activities too soon. If your pet is old enough, it is still idea to confirm with your vet if he’s both mentally and physically ready to begin a running program.
Take the first run slow
When your dog is used to your walking routine, you can slowly introduce the first run. Begin with an average speed walk, inserting a few minutes of slow run from time to time. Stop totally if your pet tries to pull away and continue rewarding him with treats if he does well. Keep the first run less than a mile and be observant about your dog’s condition. If he is panting heavily or lays down in exhaustion, it’s time to stop. It’s also important that you have water ready at all times.
Build up endurance
Like us, our furry friends need to be properly conditioned to build up endurance for daily runs. As your pet gets used to your running routine, walk less and run more until walking is no longer needed. Pick up the pace as time goes by.
Turn your beloved dog into the best running partner by following these easy training tips!