Dogs can make terrific running partners as long as you take their physical condition and abilities into account. Also keep in mind that your dog may need time to work up to your intensity.

Make sure you check with your veterinarian before taking your dog running, and follow any recommendations that may be provided.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding if your dog can or should run with you.

  • Age —  Wait at least until your dog has completed his first year’s shot schedule.
  • Training — Your dog needs to understand walking on a lead before he can run with you. You’ll also want to make sure your dog is focused enough to stick with you when you run. Investing time in training your dog to heel will be a benefit as dogs should be maintained on a leash at all times. Proper training will make the experience more enjoyable for you and your pet.
  • Breed — Although individual dogs within a breed may vary, some breeds enjoy a good run more than others. Dogs with short muzzles and/or short legs often don’t make the best running partners.

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