Running is good for both you and your pooch therefore it makes sense for you to combine a healthy exercise routine for yourself with one for your dog to ensure that he remains fit, happy and waggy-tailed.
Canines are often referred to as “A man’s best friend” but it turns out dogs can also be fantastic running partners, and it’s easy to take your dog for a run when you have the right equipment, such as dog collars and dog leads for running . Indeed, it is important to have these before you start and the leash should be four to six feet in length.
Exercise and play are integral features of the dog-human bonding process and running can combine the two. When you have the dog collar and running lead fitted to your pooch comfortably and correctly, it is important to get into position for your run. The leash should be held with a bent arm and fall in a U-shape when you’re stood beside your furry friend. When you are ready, begin walking at a brisk pace to encourage your dog to follow in your tracks.
Some dogs depending on their breed, size and personality may be more difficult to control on the run, but it is essential that you condition your pooch into running beside you and not ahead of you. As with any form of training, the reward incentive is perhaps the best way to condition your dog to behave properly when you take him for a run. Therefore, when he is being well behaved and walking running next to you, be sure to reward him accordingly. Conversely, if he moves beyond you be sure to stop immediately and don’t give release any pressure on the leash, even if he continues to pull and pull on it. When your doggy stops, get him to sit in front of you and reward him. Repeat this until he knows how to behave properly.
When you’ve got the basics learned, move on to teaching you dog some techniques to use when running, such as learning how to turn. The path you run on will undoubtedly change during your run, so it is important to get you pooch to understand when and how to turn to follow his owner. The best way to train teach your furry friend this is to unexpectedly stop and turn on your run and reward him when he follows you without bother.
Finally, remember that practice makes perfect so be sure not to give up on your pooch, even if you are finding it challenging – the rewards are well worth it.