**Disclaimer** The Poo Doo crew are not veterinarians! We are however committed to researching legitimate evidence based websites and books. Always have a conversation with your doctor/vet prior to starting an exercise program!When and how long should we run with our dogs?
So you may have just finished a half marathon or a 5k, but this doesn’t mean your Fido should be doing the same. To ensure you aren’t over running your pup, you should take them to see the vet prior to increasing your pups running distance! You too you should have a yearly check up. Once you both are in the clear, be sure to start warming up by completing longer walks and then transition into running. All to often, pet owners believe they are the only ones who need a warm up before hitting the trail or pavement. Warm up that fur baby by walking prior to increasing your speed.
We cannot stress this enough, if you are running in an unfamiliar place, you need to have water for you and your FRIEND. No, pond or lake water does not suffice. In our area, several of the streams have had Giardia (the parasite occurs worldwide and is a common cause of “Traveler’s Diarrhea” in people and can make your doggie sick) so make sure you carry water. If you are like me, you aren’t fond of running with clunky items. I often put a small water bottle in my Poo Doo pouch if not being used for bagged pet waste (obviously) and the portable Poo Doo water bowl.
For those who have puppies, you should wait at least 8 months before you take your pup running. This is pivotal during their early months as they are developing their bones and muscles. If you have a larger breed, you may have to wait even longer as it takes large/giant breeds longer to develop. When in doubt, see your vet to get clearance.
Are you thinking about adopting a new pup and taking them along with you on runs? Believe it or not, there are breeds that are better suited to run alongside you than others.
Not all dogs are runners. Some of the following dogs should avoid running (not walking) due to airway restrictions:
Owners should be on the look out for injuries related to running. Some signs/symptoms of dog related injuries include: hyperventilating, excessive salivation, limping, overall wear on pads, and heat stroke. Just like you need new tennis shoes after 500 miles of use and have aches/pains related to running, your pooch can be experiencing similar injuries. Make sure you know the signs/symptoms of injury for your specific breed by discussing with your veterinarian.
Happy running from the Poo Doo Team!