Running with your Dog
You lace up your running shoes and get ready to head out the door. You are about to leave but your dog looks at you with his big eyes pleading take me please. You grab the leash and your dog starts jumping around all excited and crazy. It’s time to take your dog for a run.
How many of you run with your dogs?
I have to admit I am a relative newbie at this. We have a one year old Schnauzer-Shihtzu Mix, Teddy Bear, and I have discovered that he absolutely loves to run. He perks up when I ask him to go and when we get going he bounds ahead. So far he can run 4.5-5 miles. He is an energetic little running buddy and I see many miles for the two of us in my future. We are lucky because we live on a dirt road that is perfect for running and we have a whole network of trails including a section of the Appalachian trail right near us! When we run on the road I run with Teddy Bear on leash. He does very well on leash and has quickly learned not to pull. When we head to the trails I let him off leash. On the trails he does very well and stays right close by, he seems to know that I am the leader of his pack.
Running Gear for Running with your Dog
Running with your dog does take some special gear. Here are some of my favorite things that I use:
- Stunt Puppy Stunt Runner Leash ($38.00)
This is the ultimate hands-free leash. I would highly recommend this leash for its ease of use. The leash clips around your waist with an adjustable waist belt. The key to this leash is that it has a flexible connector piece that attaches you and your dog stretches from 35″ to 51″. This allows your dog the ease of running without feeling hindered by being attached. I also love that you can easily clip the leash around your waist when it is not in use when your dog is off and running on the trails off leash! This leash comes in a variety of colors.
- Lupine Step-in Dog Harness (16.99)
This harness is easy to use with your dog. They can step right in and it goes over your dogs head. It easily clips on with a single buckle and is made with strong webbing. These harnesses come in a lot of fun patterns for your dog.
- Ruffwear Trail Runner Bowl ($14.95)
This is an ultralight packable dog bowl. It is perfect for trail running as it easily folds so you can pack it in your hydration pack or belt. It is perfect for giving your dog water or food while you are out and about on your adventures.
What Runners Say about Running with your Dog
Terra P. says, “1. Remember that there will be a learning curve between you and your dog figuring out signals like turning, needing to pee and where you want them to run next to you. 2. Those “around the waist” leashes are AMAZING. They free up your arms for a natural arm swing, and keep the pull at your center of gravity so you have more control over the dog if they lunge after a squirrel or something.”
Amy D. says, “I’ll run shorter (3ish miles) with my Lab…it took her a little while to figure out that we would not be peeing at every blade of grass but otherwise she loves it. I prefer having her in a chest harness versus a collar and for us, a 4 foot leash works best. The shorter leash is easier for me to switch from hand to hand without tripping over it, and if I’m running with the dog and the stroller, the longer leash tends to get stuck in the wheels.”
What advice do you have for running with your dog?
Now that I have shared my best tips I would love to hear some of yours or about your adventures running with your dog. Please share your best stories!