You've seen them -- or maybe you're one of them...those folks who are always running with their dogs. It seems to be the best of both worlds, because both the runner and the dog are outdoors in the fresh air, getting lots of healthy exercise. So, should you run with your dog? The answer very much depends on the dog.
There's a helpful article on this topic by Nicci Micco in the Fall 2019 issue of Subaru's Drive magazine. According to Micco, it isn't a good idea to run with puppies before the age of one since their joints can't handle the impact. Also, certain types of dogs are made for running while others simply are not. For example, short-haired, long-legged dogs such as Weimaraners handle running just fine. However, running isn't typically recommended for breeds with known hip issues, such as German shepherds, and dogs with those cute little pushed in faces, such as bulldogs and pugs.
Micco discusses some key tips in her article:
- Start slow
- Consider the conditions
- Get the right gear
- Protect their paws
- Be the (reasonable) leader
- Pay attention to your partner.
The article, sponsored by the dog-loving car company Subaru, is well worth reading. It can be found here: https://subarudrive.com/articles/get-fit-with-fido-fa19