Going for a run with your dog can be a great way to bond and get some exercise in daily. However, there are some precautionary measures you should take to ensure that your pup is doing so safely. Before having your pup join you on your morning run, make sure you’ve received approval from your veterinarian. Many factors such as your dog’s age, breed, and overall health can impact whether or not he or she are ideal for intense exercise.
For example, puppies aren’t the most ideal running partner as they haven’t had their growth plates fully developed and exercise of that nature may put them at risk of injury. However, even if your dog is fast and seems ideal for running, he or she may not be meant for distance running. Greyhounds are perfect for sprinting, but if you’re looking for a dog who can keep up mile after mile, you would fare better with a Siberian Husky or another sporting breed. Besides having the right breed and age, it’s key to make sure your dog is well-trained to conquer the trails with you and knows how to behave properly under any circumstances.
Most importantly pay attention to how comfortable your dog is during the run. Each individual dog will differ from the next in terms of speed and endurance. Enjoy this unique bonding experience, but don’t forget that safety should always be your first priority.
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