Jogging together can be a pleasure for humans and dogs alike. However, not every dog enjoys long runs, and even high temperatures can quickly cause problems for the animal. The most important basic rule when jogging with a dog is to take into account the dog’s health and fitness as well as the climatic conditions.
Jogging is ideal in the cool morning or evening hours on shady paths, where no heated asphalt causes problems for the dog. In addition, he should always be adequately supplied with water or ideally the routes should be chosen so that the dog can refresh in between in a lake or pond.
Most dogs not only want to run outdoors, but above all want to explore the surroundings. So that the owner does not have to constantly call his dog during the run or that it hinders him during the run, the dog should be well trained before jogging together and kept on a leash if necessary. In addition, the warm-up phase can be used to play with the dog or to let him discover the environment in peace.
It is advisable to gradually get the dog used to walking together in order to avoid snapping or jumping off due to high spirits. The dog should also respond reliably to commands or be kept on a leash.
Advantages and disadvantages of jogging together
When jogging, the dog and owner have the opportunity to spend time together outdoors, and the daily walk with the dog can also be combined excellently with the sporting activity. Many dogs also enjoy the extra exercise. Especially animals that often have to stay on the leash because of their hunting instinct or for other reasons are happy about the faster movement.
For the owner, jogging with a dog can also create additional stress. Especially dogs that are not used to walking together can be easily distracted and quickly run to their owners’ feet. If the dog is leashed, it should of course be easily accessible and not bother people or other dogs or rush game. Therefore, jogging with a dog means for the owner first of all extensive training, during which the dog has to learn to follow commands safely.
The health risks for the dog should also not be neglected. Heat, a humid climate and long distances can quickly overwhelm him; Ideally, the dog should first be checked for health by the veterinarian. In contrast to people who run with cushioning shoes, the stress on the joints of the animal should not be underestimated. Hard floors such as asphalt or concrete should therefore be avoided if possible.
Jogging with a dog: the ideal running partner
Not every dog is suitable as a companion when jogging. It is important that the dog is physically healthy and does not suffer from heart or joint problems. Even with puppies and young animals, the musculoskeletal system is not yet stable enough for the increased load, so you should wait until you have fully grown up to jog together. With giant breeds this can take up to the 18th month of life! While some breeds such as the pug, the French bulldog or the St. Bernard have difficulties with long and fast runs, demanding jogging is ideal for active hunting or herding dog breeds. These include, in particular, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie or Jack Russell Terrier. Muensterlaender, Magyar Vizsla and Weimaraner are persistent breeds that can cope well with a run of several hours.