Research tells us that working out with a buddy not only increases the incentive for exercise, but also keeps us accountable to our fitness goals. Whoever said that your partner in runs had to be two-legged instead of 4-legged?
Running with your most loyal friend is a great way to bond and get outdoors for some decent daily exercise to boot! Plus, Fido won’t likely complain the entire time about his or her spouse. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when taking your precious pooch along for a run…
1. On Leash
For the safety of your pet, you, and passersby, your dog should always be leashed when you’re running in a public space (i.e., parks, beaches, community trails). Not only will a leash ensure your dog doesn’t travel underfoot and trip you up during a run—it will also ensure your pet keeps pace with you and doesn’t wander off.
If you own a retractable leash, leave it at home or lock in the distance at roughly 6-feet so you don’t leave too much distance between you and your pet. Too much space could lead to your pet getting tangled under other people, kids, pets, and cyclists on route, which poses a safety hazard.