Running with Your Dog


Dogs make the best running partners! They are always in the mood for a run, never oversleep, are never grumpy and as a bonus…they are great protection. Before you take your dog running with you, make sure that he or she is properly prepared. Just like you would ensure that you have a good pair of running shoes, your dog needs to be equipped for the road.

  • Your dog needs to be a minimum of 1 year old to start running. NEVER run with a puppy. In fact you pup should not run free on the beach or go hiking until he is at least a year old
  • Is your dog overweight? Ask your vet to recommend a suitable diet to tie in with your exercise programme and increase your dog’s exercise very slowly.
  • Have a dog checked for possible joint problems like hip displasia. Some breeds are not designed for running and could face injury if over-exercised. e.g. St Bernards, Boerboels, Pugs and Bulldogs.
  • Always run your dog on the lead. Even if your dog is obedient, he might be tempted to chase a squirrel or a cat.
  • If pulling is a problem, take your dog to obedience training classes or fit him with a dog halter/head collar or a purpose made “no-pull” harness. (Not to be confused with a regular harness which actually encourage pulling.)
  • Never run in the heat of the day. Early morning or evening is best. Your dog could overheat or damage his pads on hot tarmac.
  • Feed your dog for the job. Like any athlete your dogs needs the correct nutrition. A diet of table scraps is not adequate; invest in a good complete diet.
  • Always warm him up and cool him down with a walk before and after running.
  • Never run your dog on a full stomach. Offer water after the run and feed only after he has cooled down.
  • Increase the length of the runs gradually as you see your dog’s fitness increase. Don’t start with 5km

 Dogs are the best alarm clock. Once you have got into a regular routine of running with your dog in the morning, he’ll make sure you never miss a day!  Go on……Start your running programme today.

2 Responses to “Running with Your Dog”

  • Hendrick Strauss says:

    Hi there!

    I would like to purchase one of your head halters please. My recently (1 week) adopted American Pitbull is between 18 months and 2 years old and certainly does have a pulling problem that requires correction. (Though after 2km of running he walks quite calmly it is just when we want to walk from the start that he tends to pull.)

    His neck is 45/46cm and his rib/chest measurement is 70/71cm if that helps. Based on your sizing guide it seems he would be a 2?

    Please let me know if you have stock, cost and shipping. I’m in Durbanville.

    Looking forward to enrolling in your January Behavior Management class as well since while my new boy is not human aggressive at all – multiple visitors, strangers and kids have been introduced with no problem – he IS animal fixated and becomes excited outside himself. No aggressive cues are shown…but I cannot be sure.

    Glad to have found your site!


    • Julie Tobiansky says:

      Hi Hendrick

      Why not pop down to the club and come and see what we do and you can purchase a halter when you come? We are there every Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm.

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