Running With Your Dog -- Healthy and Safe Tips
Many of us like to exercise with our dogs. We dug up some timely Safety tips for running with your dog | Health & Fitness Blog | Projo.com from Pamela Reinsel Cotter (via Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow).
It's always recommended to bring a water supply along when exercising or for any outing with your pets -- these Handi-Drink Portable Water Bottles work well. It is not our custom here at SCP to refer to dogs as "Fido", but that aside, a summary:
Start slow - If Fido has never been out for a run with you, don't expect him to be up for a marathon.
Be mindful of the weather - Dogs can overheat very quickly and cause heat stroke.
Wear proper accessories - If running in the dark, be sure that you and Fido accessorize with some reflective gear so that you are visible to traffic.
Watch out for Fido's feet - Pavement and asphalt gets incredibly hot on summer days and can quickly burn your pup's feet. Gravel can be dangerous as well.
Hydrate - Make sure Fido has had a chance to drink water and hydrate before you take him out on a run.
Keep a watchful eye - Dogs are people pleasers and if you want to keep running, dogs will often work to keep up even if they may be in pain.
Lather up - Believe it or not, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. If you're running on a sunny day, be sure to apply sunscreen to both yourself and Fido if your dog has shorter hair or are a lighter color.
Eating before or after running - Make sure that your dog does not eat one hour before or after running. Some dogs are susceptible to bloat and eating too close to exercising can be extremely dangerous.
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Posted by Molly & Jessie at August 3, 2012 1:50 AM