Ten top tips to get you started running with your dog

Ten top tips to get you started running with your dog

Meet the new man in my life, he has gorgeous golden fur, does what I tell him to do, looks at me with adoring brown eyes, doesn’t answer back. And now he’s been co-opted as my running buddy. Meet Lucius or Mr L, our one-year-old rescue dog we adopted here in Paris. Mr L has been accompanying me on my runs, he’s an awesome and enthusiastic running buddy, so long as he can, every now and then, stop for a wee, poo or a sniff. If you have a dog that could make a canine running buddy, here are a few tips to get you started running with your dog.

1. Make sure your dog is capable of running

Not all breeds are built for running, be sensible, a chihuahua is probably not best cut out for running. If you’re not sure if your dog’s breed is up to coping with a run, talk to your vet.

2. Introduce your dog to running slowly

Don’t drag your canine running buddy out on a 10k on their first run with you. Build up slowly, and take your running cues from your dog, if your dog is tired stop and walk. With Mr L, we started with short runs to our local park and we have built up slowly to a 5K distance.

3. I let Mr L stop, sniff and check out other dogs

Our excursions out are just as much for Mr L as they are for me, so I do let him use his natural instincts to sniff lamp posts and say hello to other dogs when we are out.

4. Do remember to carry water for your dog as well as yourself

Running is thirsty work, your dog will welcome some hydration during a longer run, and especially when it’s hot.

5.  Make sure you have a good strong leash and harness

With Mr L, I use a strong leather leash, hooked to a short length and this is attached to his harness. It helps me to stay in control of him. You can buy special dog running kits, take a peak here. I haven’t used these so I can’t offer any recommendations. The leash and harness work for us.

6. Mind your terrain

It goes without saying you need to be mindful of your dog’s paws so keep an eye out for dangerous objects when your running – broken glass and other sharp objects.

7. Dogs get sore too

Even though Mr L has a lot of energy and loves running, there are some days when he’s just not into having a run, and it’s more of walk, jog, run, walk kind of run. That’s OK. At least we’re out!

8. Stay in control

Don’t let your dog pull you. I run with Mr L at my side with a bit of slack in the leash. He needs to know I am in control.

9. Remember your poop bags

Always remember to scoop the poop!

10. And enjoy!

Running needs to be fun for both you and your dog!

Pink Pear Bear


    • Tooting Mama
      January 26, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thank you. I do love having a dog, but he really is my third child and a lot of work but a lot of reward!

  1. January 20, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Oh what a gorgeous running buddy you have! Fish oils and glucosamine are fantastic for joints, never too early to start taking care of their joints I think. Thanks for being a #bigpinklinker this week!
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    • Tooting Mama
      January 21, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Thank you lovely, he is gorgeous if I do say so myself, and a little naughty too! Thanks for the tips on fish oils.

  2. January 18, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    We don’t have a dog, but these are great tips. I would love one just to run with! I just wish more people would scoop the poop. It is not funny when walking with children. Kaz x

    • Tooting Mama
      January 19, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Agree with you on the poop scooping! I just don’t get why people won’t scoop!

  3. January 18, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Aww you dog is lovely 🙂 I run with my Mollie the Collie. Trouble is she is obsessed with the frisbee when I got to the park and have to keep stopping to pick it up 🙂

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Aww super cute. We’re always stopping to sniff lamp posts and check out other dogs. Quite like the stop and start, gives me time to catch a breath!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Yes he should – it’s great fun!

  4. January 17, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    I love this! We used to have a beautiful Staffy boy, he would love a good run. We now have a Newfoundland puppy, but don’t think she will be up for it when she’s fully grown! More like carry me home perhaps? Hehe 🙂 x

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Oh the staffy would love it! Newfoundland puppy OMG how gorgeous!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:18 pm

      But you got out, that’s the great thing!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      That’s us too!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you, it seems to be more popular in the UK than if France!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Walking is great exercise too, at least everyone is out and moving!

    • Tooting Mama
      January 18, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Aww, but if running isn’t for you, it isn’t for you. You have to enjoy it to get anything out of running!

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