You probably already know that running is an excellent workout for people. But what has four legs, does it keep you flawless and could also greatly benefit from running? Yes, it is your dog.
"Because dogs, like humans, need daily exercise, it's like killing two birds with one stone, not only making you both healthier at the same time, but also strengthening your bond," says Erin Askeland, CBCC KA, a pet expert for Camp Bow Wow.
But the heel for a second, because walking with the puppy is not as easy as strapping on a leash and going outside.There are several precautions to take care of Especially if your dog is not used to beating the pavement Before you start moving together, read these six tips from professionals to run safely with your best friend.
. Ask first the veterinarian.
When it comes to running, not all dogs are born to train with you in a marathon, while most dogs can travel short distances – fetch! – not all are the best runners e, says Askeland. Brachycephalic dogs such as pug, bulldog, and other short-nosed breeds, as well as very large breeds and overweight dogs are not physically fit to walk long distances. Dogs with the potential for spinal problems (such as dachshunds), hip dysplasia (common in German shepherd dogs) and other bone problems may not be able to cope with the effective exercise.
In addition, Askeland adds that puppies do this Disciples younger than 18 months are not yet fully trained and should not hit hard during their growth. Since the health of our pet is No. 1, always consult your veterinarian before starting a running program with your dog.
. 2 Start slowly.
If you receive the OK to start, do not start in 5K mode. "Start with a combination of running and walking for a short time, until you notice that his stamina is increasing," Askeland says. "Just like humans, dogs are prone to stress fractures and heat stroke."
Try to warm up for 5 minutes, a maximum of 20 minutes to jog and then 5 minutes to cool down. It's up to us to make sure our dogs are OK. "Dogs are humans, and when you want to continue they often work to keep up, even if they're in pain," she says.
. 3 Check the weather.
We know that running on a brutally hot or humid day is painful, but it does apply to dogs that can overheat very quickly. Askeland suggests running in the early morning or late evening when the sun is not burning. (If you're walking in the dark, wear reflective clothing so the driver can recognize you.)
Always feel the floor before you fully set out to make sure your puppy's feet are not burned , "Concrete exudes heat, which can raise your pet's body temperature relatively quickly," she says.
. 4 Protect these paws!
In addition to temperature, Askeland says we should carefully consider the surfaces our dogs are running on. Concrete can not only get too hot, it can also run constantly, which strains the connections and irritates the foot pads of our puppies. Also, running on gravel can puncture the paws. The safest bets are unpaved roads, grass or sand. Askeland suggests stopping our run regularly to check paws for burns or cuts.
. 5 Watch for exhaustion.
It's important to keep an eye on our dogs – if you notice your buddy is behind you, seeking shade or trying to stop and lie down, it's time to slow down and rest. Heavy wheezing, loud breathing and disorientation mean that you should seek medical help immediately. In that sense, if she is too stiff or extremely tired the next day, that means you probably ran too far or too fast and should go down a level.
. 6 Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Staying hydrated seems to be a breeze, but seriously is crucial for you and your dog before, during, and after running. Have them drink one or two bowls of water before you start running, even if you are planning a run the next morning. If you are having a good time, do not forget to bring a portable bowl or cup of water and a bottle of water with you so that your puppy can be supplied with water during his number one ride. [19659002 Kathleen Wong is a writer from Honolulu. If she does not write, you can find her on the beach.