Running with your dog is a great way to bond, get some exercise, and spend time outdoors. Of course, there are always some do’s and don’ts when it comes to any activity that involves your pet. Let the friendly team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital share some tips for running safely with your dog.
Before You Begin
Make an appointment. We recommend your dog have a physical exam before starting any new exercise program, and running is no different. Joint problems, cardiovascular health, and weight all play a factor in whether or not your dog is ready to run with you. A wellness exam is a great place to start.
Get in gear. Truth be told, you don’t need much gear to begin running safely with your dog. A collar and back clip harness are all you really need. Of course, safety items like reflectors and a belt with a clip (for you) are handy, but not essential. Don’t use retractable leashes, as these are unsafe at high speeds and offer little control. Continue…