One of the best ways to bond with your dog is to get them into a routine of running with you. There is a process if your dog has never been out on a run for any length of time. Make sure to first check with the Vet first to be sure to rule out any health concerns first.
Make sure to follow these 5 steps to getting your new rescue to become your new running partner for life
Always have some spare doggy poopy bags with you - making sure to keep the trail clean for others behind you. I used to hike, and run with my dog he enjoyed a lightweight dog backpack - anytime he’d have to stop for #2, I’d clean up and put the doggy bag in his pack - he’d carry his own for the rest of the run.
Always take it slow, many runners have a tendency to push their dogs hard and force them out. This is not going to encourage anyone to run. Also, he might have some foot or leg pain you might not be aware of. If it’s been a while since he had a check up, it might be a good idea to head back to the vet to get another thorough check up to make sure everything is in good working order.
Try to make the runs fun. Don’t bark commands at him or pull him out if he’s feeling unmotivated. You might want to restart the training again. Bring some treats along, stop for more frequent breaks. In time she’ll be focused on running and not the treats part of the run.
You might also want to check the harness fit. If it’s too tight, you dog just might feel uncomfortable when running.
Need to avoid the lunge at cyclists and other runners? It’s only natural, but this can be trained away. Make sure you redirect the urge to chase or lunge and this should be caught during initial leash training.
If you need some training help - you might try this method:
Try to take your dog to an open area with a friend who is willing to ride or run past your dog. At first have them pass around 15 feet away, have them get slightly closer and closer. Kneel down beside your dog, while having a tight grip on a short leash.
When the dog reasons to the bike or the runner, simply tug on the collar gently, but firmly, and use the command, Down. Repeat this process until the dog is controlled without any correction. Remain patient. It may take some time, but he’ll learn soon enough.
Never hit the dog, never shout - these are not tactics any dog owner should use to correct a bad behavior.
This behavior can be very dangerous if left alone. If you find this kind of behavior continues without any success during our own training, it might be time to bring in a professional to help.
Running with a Dog That Pulls - A clear sign that you need to back to step 1 and work on leash training. The walking calmly on one side next to you should be a standard way for your dog to walk. If the dog’s excitably walking with you, the behavior will only continue during the run. When the dog pulls you, he’s walking you, not the other way around. Always train your dog to walk next to you on one side at your pace.
Trail Running with Your Dog - Always use a leash, and keep trail etiquette in check - make sure to allow others behind you the ability to pass if they need to. Keep in mind the potential hazards of the trail which might include excessive heat, lack of hydration, plants or other hazards like encountering a gopher or rattle snack. Check the trail ahead to make sure its a dog friendly trail.
Looking for a Race for You and Your Dog? If you and your dog are up for it there are loads of races you and your dog can participate in. Here’s a link to REI’s 8 Races to run
Benefits of Running With Your Dog - The benefits of running with your dog are aplenty. You both develop a solid bond during this time. Exercise for you both in an aerobic mode is great to keep both weight and energy levels in check. Dogs and running are a great way to help him remain active and fit for a long time.
Running Gear for Your Dog - There’s a few items I’d recommend.
I'm Janet, avid rescue dog fan, and parent of two rescues - training them to run, hike, and enjoy their new forever home