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Running with your dog

Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 20:50
by Rachelhodgkins
Lottie will be coming up to 1 soon (though vet said wouldn't have to wait this long as being a miniature she's done with her growing - not sure if that's correct) well I would like to take up running and would be great for her to benefit from this also. I am a beginner so would be starting slow with rest days and would take her from the beginning so can learn with me.

Just wondered what ppl views were on it I know a lot of ppl do this with their dogs (anyone on here) is it ok exercise? Any tips at all etc etc

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 20:56
by casa42
Hi Coco and I run together. I have just returned to running so we're doing Couch to 5K to get fit again. I run holding her lead. Coco is a three year old F1 (medium) she loves running but has pulled me off my feet a couple of times as she often seems to meet the love of her life on our runs. She has improved with age though as when we first started she used to chase leaves and shadows. Good luck I hope your Doodle loves running as much as mine x

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 22:24
by Bid
I would say it's OK as long as the running is on grass and other soft surfaces, and the dog is free to stop and sniff scents etc. Running on hard surfaces would be harmful, and a run where the dog can't stop whne she wants and do doggy things wouldn't be quality exercise for the dog.

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 31 Mar 2015, 22:36
by Rachelhodgkins
Thanks guys! I will be following the couch to 5 k plan also. I aim not to run on hard surfaces as I'm sure that's not good for us human joint either. I do intend to run with her on a leash to begin with. I use a halti though when on a leash should I scrap this when running or continue to use? On my rest days I will be doing her usual walks of playing in the mud and socialising

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 01 Apr 2015, 10:27
by casa42
I use a Canny Collar when I run with Coco, we live in a small village so most exercise is in fields. I have several friends that run with their dogs using a Canni cross harness and am hoping to train Coco to run with one eventually. So far my longest time running has been 20 minutes and I always start with some off lead time for Coco as this calms her down. We both love it when I put my running shoes on she is much more excited than when I wear my wellies. Have fun

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 01 Apr 2015, 22:01
by Rachelhodgkins
Well I'm hoping to start my running this Friday so wish me luck think hardest thing is gonna be teaching lottie not to jump up me in excitment when I first burst into a run. I'm a complete newbie in running so we gonna be starting slow and steady. Hopefully will be going early in the mornings less people around to see me make a fool of myself lol :D

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 01 Apr 2015, 22:49
by Emma_h
Hi Rachel :)

I like to run, and when Baxter turned 1, I started to take him with me, he has a halti lead that I just hold in my hand. I could tie it round me but I think I'd struggle when he wants to stop and sniff etc. We only do about a 3 mile route but that takes us about 30 minutes or so on account of Baxter wanting to stop all the time to sniff!haha. He always looks up and smiles (well it looks like he smiles) at me when we are going so I think he enjoys it? He just trots along side me or a tiny bit behind.

Bid - we actually do run on the roads, as it isn't that far and we don't go incredibly fast I thought it would be okay? Do you think I could be causing some damage? :(

xxxxx

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 02 Apr 2015, 00:17
by Bid
Well I am ultra-cautious because of Daisy's hips, but I would not want to run a dog on a lead on a hard surface because they will willingly run with you even if it hurts.

I would also never run with a head collar unless he lead is totally loose (in which case you don't need a head collar!) as you don't run with a smooth motion and the up and down jerking will not be good or comfortable for the dog on her head. Cani-cross harnesses with a bungee lead would be better as that gives some freedom to the dog, but personally I still think offlead is better.

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 02 Apr 2015, 11:34
by Rachelhodgkins
Well we did it today instead and went fab, we did it at local park. I was surprised at how well she did kept right by my side , no pulling in front, biting lead or jumping up at me (things I expected). With intervals of walking and running for 60 seconds gives a idea of how hard to work. Let's just say my dog is much fitter than me, not even a pant lol!

In regards to running on roads, maybe could teach them to run on the grass verges where it's softer (as long as not ppl garden) many of the roads around here have that. Though may make the stopping to sniff worse lol.

Re: Running with your dog

Posted: 02 Apr 2015, 11:37
by Emma_h
Oh no, I just meant the brand, it's a really long lead (bought it for puppy classes when we were doing 'waits' etc.) that has a lot of give in it (it's a bit bungee like?). Baxter has never had to have one of those lead things round his nose. Is that what they are called? Sorry for the confusion :(

I just thought running on the road wouldnt be any different to running on the hard mud? Me being ignorant I guess?

xxxx

PS - that sounds really positive Rachel :) and you will get fitter in no time!!!! Yeah, he does go on the grass verges when there are some actually :)