5 Tips For Running With Your Dog

As a life-long dog lover and owner, I can tell you right now that there are few better moments than watching your furry friend running through the elements. That being said, there are worse moments than when it spirals out of control and you end up on the receiving end of a nasty bruise or sprain. I suffered several of those somewhat recently when my dog—a mix with strong rhodesian ridgeback attributes—spotted a feral cat and then tossed and dragged me behind him.

As a result, I decided it was high time I did some research on how to properly bring my dog on my next trail run and ensure that the both of us remained safe for the entire trip. And in knowing that I cannot be the only person who's experienced this before, I wanted to share my findings with the readers here! They are as follows.

Keep Your Pet Up-To-Date On Flea and Tick Meds

This first tip might sound obvious, but it's also the most important. Before setting foot into a new environment with your beloved pooch, ensure that he or she is completely safe when it comes to fleas and ticks. In addition to checking on your dog's health, this task takes a load off your shoulders because you won't have to worry about any kind of infestation! Also, no one likes peeling ticks off an animal (or themselves). No one.

Have Proper Gear For Your Dog

As anyone who's run on a trail knows, it's typically not as flat as, say, a sidewalk or track. To counter that, you have surely acquired the proper equipment for yourself—and the same applies for your dog. I personally think dog owners should consider a harness for their pet because it's easier to control him or her when on you're on more unstable ground. A gentle leader device could also be beneficial so that you maintain full control.

Go Hands-Free

You have the dog's leash in one hand and perhaps a water bottle, smartphone, or something else in the other—stop it. You need to make sure that one of your hands is free at all times, so prep yourself ahead of time. If you're frequently exercising and using a mobile app to track your activity, perhaps it's time to invest in something more intuitive. There is wearable tech available today that's suited for any body and activity type, so you'll need to do some research. For example, this article on Verizon Wireless is a nice place to start, because it provides a breakdown of exactly what you can expect from certain wearables. They indicate that you'll want to get the right kind of device for your specific activity, so don't be afraid to shop around.

Stay Aware of Other People's Pets

Like the aforementioned tick and flea meds tip, this seems obvious but it really isn't. And when I say "stay aware," I mean do not allow yourself to get overly distracted by something else. It's likely that you aren't bringing your dog on every trail run, so leave the headphones behind for are friendly or not, so always exercise caution, especially if the dog has a yellow ribbon. You can learn more about this at The I Love Dogs Site.

Research Leash Laws and Trail Rules

Believe it or not, your dog isn't welcome on every single running trail out there. That means you'll need to do the proper research before hopping in the car with your pooch. And in doing so, check up on the leash laws for the area and for the trail itself. You may luck out and find one that allows your dog to run free beside you, which means you won't necessarily be struggling to maintain your grip for the entirety of your trek.

Hopefully these tips will improve your next trail run with your furry pal. I know they have made a difference for me over the past few runs since our little incident, so best of luck to you!

Sara Upton is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and an avid runner and fitness enthusiasts. Being from a cold climate makes her more motivated to fine ways to enjoy her time outdoors when the weather is nice.


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