Even though it’s nice to have a human running partner, sometimes a canine companion can be just as good at motivating you to head out the door for your run!
Just like you are advised to check in with your physician before starting an exercise program, it’s a good idea to get your canine friend cleared for running.
It’s helpful to start gradually, with just a short distance of running and build from there. Your veterinarian can advise you on any special precautions you should take when running with your dog, i.e. If you are into longer distance running, it helps to consider the breed of dog when choosing a canine running partner (see below). You can also do a sort of Couch to 5k program for your dog, with walking and running intervals.

If you are thinking about getting a new dog that you would like to run with, take care in choosing the breed. Otherwise you will likely be making a few pit stops, along with some extra baggage to carry to the nearest garbage can! Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jessica Morrison and 30 Something Mother Runner with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. As always, please consult your doctor with any medical issues, or before beginning a training program. When I started running with my greyhound, I would go a shorter distance and then swing by the house and drop her off before continuing on my run. It makes sense when you think about it– dogs are used to running for a bit (either to get somewhere or chase something!) and then taking a break to smell, pee, drink, or whatever else they want to do.

Other dogs like labrador retrievers tend to like middle distance running (and usually love swimming too!). If you are unsure of which breed would be a good fit, check with your veterinarian for some advice.

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