We all know the importance of taking our dog for a daily walk for keeping it fit and active. Like humans, dogs need a balanced exercise regime, because like humans, a lack of activity can affect your dog’s health and wellbeing. At Durack Pet Motel we encourage owners to keep their pets active and going for a run with your dog is a great way to keep fit yourself, while ensuring that your dog stays active and in optimum health.
Dogs are awesome running partner because they are always enthusiastic and ready to run, so they’ll be encouraging you to stay active yourself. They also will help you to keep pace, so you will get the best of your workout, while they get the opportunity to really stretch their muscles and use up some of their energy.
Is Your Dog Running Ready?
In the same way that humans need to work up gradually to regular running, your dog needs some basic training to prepare it for the regular activity of running. If you were starting to train with a friend, they would need to prepare themselves for running by doing some endurance training first. This is done through building up gradually – increasing the running time as the dog gets stronger.
The thing about dogs is that they will run for as long as you do, even if they are under physical strain. So the best place to start with getting your dog ready for running is by having a vet check, to make sure it is ready for running and to check its breathing and heart rate. As you gradually build up your dog’s endurance, you will need to keep an eye on these factors to ensure that it is not pushing itself past its limits and causing itself damage.
Things to Be Aware of
Dogs are not physically ready for running until they are at least 18 months old, which is because their bones are still developing at this time, so at this age you can start with walking and build up to the run. For dogs that are 18 months or older, start out the same way you would yourself – building gradually to a fast paced run. When dogs sweat they cool down through panting or from their feet, which is not as effective as how humans do this, so you will need to keep an eye on their respiratory and heart rate for signs of exhaustion. While running take water breaks and run in shady areas where your pets are not in the full heat of the sun.