Running With Dogs | Runner's World

Co-Director, Trainer
Zack has been a volunteer with RuffTail Runners since Spring 2013. He has been a dog runner, desk volunteer, and adopter. He loves shy and scared dogs and has seen how running and walking gives these dogs confidence and helps make them more adoptable. Zack is currently working on a PhD in Finance at UT. His other interests include tennis (4.5 – 5.0) and woodworking.

Hill has found that the program helps both the dogs and the people who run with them.

Learn about the common injuries associated with your dog’s breed and whether running might be an aggravating factor. For example, huskies and greyhounds are often thought to be great running partners, yet they are prone to overheating and myopathy (the breakdown of muscle and subsequent release of potassium) if they run too far.

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Yes. Some breeds of dogs simply shouldn’t run very far—regardless of its owner’s training goals. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Plan a 2- to 3-mile route at a mild to moderate pace 3 to 4 days this week. For example, you could shoot for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday schedule with "off days" interspersed. During these initial runs, you should be able to give your dogs verbal and physical commands to start training them to run on a loose leash by your side. You don't want to be winded and unable to begin this teaching process effectively! Remember, some dogs will push pace and get easily distracted, while others may lag behind you and appear winded. It is essential that you pay close attention to your dog's pace when first starting your running program. We need to make sure bad habits that could lead to injury are remedied during this stage before they become persistent problems. You want your dog to be panting, but not winded, and staying right by your side at a comfortable pace.

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Temperature Matters
Weather is a significant consideration, primarily with monitoring dogs for heat stroke. RuffTail Runners posts hard-and-fast temperature regulations, Hill said, and the Richmond SPCA advises volunteers that runs are canceled if temperatures exceed 89 degrees. On the opposite extreme, salted roads during snowy conditions could present issues for a dog’s foot pads. (Here are more tips for for a run.)

But some dogs are better suited for running than other furry friends


Every dog owner knows a tired dog is a good dog, and riding a bike with your dog is a fantastic way to get exercise for both of you! We’ve used the runner with dogs from 10 lbs to over 100 lbs with great results, but use good judgement and plan to ease into things to give your dog some time to get used to riding with the runner. If you have a larger dog who likes to pull, you may need to install the runner without the rubber covers and using the set screw to ensure a really positive clamp to the frame.Labs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the entire world, which means you just might have the perfect running partner living right under your nose without realizing it. Lean and strong, Labs are versatile runners capable of quick sprints or a more moderate pace over longer distances. They are also very eager to please, which means that they’ll probably be down for whatever type of workout you throw their way.