The Best Running Dogs

Running with a dog can be a great way to motivate yourself to commit to a training program. Although it may be hard for you to run for yourself, knowing that a faithful companion is counting on receiving his or her exercise for the day through a run will help you get out the door. However, it is important to choose a good running dog. Some dogs simply do not have the physical endurance or obedience to be a good running partner. A few breeds that can make great running dogs include the following. Please know that this is not even close to being a comprehensive list as so many different kinds of breeds are great runners.

Weimaraners: These are very energetic dogs that need to have exercise everyday. Originally bred as hunting dogs, Weimaraners can run long distances without much difficulty. However, it is important to note that these dogs can be territorial and protective of their owners, so it is important to socialize them from a young age so that they are not too distracted during runs.

Siberian huskies: These are working dogs who have amazing energy, once trained, should be able to run at least 5 miles at a time. Keep in mind that these dogs are built to run in the cold weather, so you will have to be very careful taking them on runs during the summer.

Vizslas: These are strong dogs that were originally trained for hunting. Vizslas are loyal and kind dogs with a lot of energy and a need to mental and physical stimulation everyday. They have a medium build, which makes them very effective for longer runs.

No matter which dog you choose as a running partner, here are a number of tips to ensure that you get the most of your running dog:

1. Start young. In order to properly train your dog, you need to get him or her running at a young age (preferably by 6 months). Teach them to run close you by using strong verbal commands such as “heel” and pulling the leash closer to you. If you have patience, the dog should eventually understand how to run with you.

2. Start slow. When beginning to run with your dog, start by walking him or her about 15 minutes once a day to build fitness. Gradually increase intensity until the dog is able to run without much effort.

3. Watch the running surface. Remember that while dogs have tough pads on their feet, they do not have cushioned running shows. Therefore, try to avoid running your dog on too much concrete. Trails and grass are best.

4. Keep an eye on your dog. If your dog is panting heavily or favoring one side, immediately stop and walk home. Dogs can not tell you when they are hurting, so you have to be very attentive to any injuries or other health problems caused by running.

5. Make sure the dog is hydrated. Run in areas where there is access to water and make sure your dog drinks something before the run. This is especially important in the summer time.

Running with a dog can be extremely beneficial to both the dog and you if you choose the right breed and follow these few simple tips.

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