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    Tips on how to exercise with your dog

    Articlepet health guidesFriday 15 March 2013
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    If you have thought about doing regular exercise then why not find the world's perfect training partner? A dog! It is sort of like two birds with one stone. The dog gets it's outdoor time and you get fitter. However certain conditions apply and you must make sure that your dog is a suitable partner.
     
    1) If your dog a "running dog". Unlike humans, there are certain breeds that were born to run and others that were not. Greyhounds, Standard Poodles, German Shepards are all running dogs. Smaller dogs tend not to be. If you have any doubts then check with your vet. Take caution with new puppies, generally 18 months is when you can start and of course take caution with older dogs especially if they suffer from bone related problems. 
     
    2) Go slowly at first. Your first day or you and your dog exercising has to be small. Don't start off with huge expectations and a 5 mile run. Chances are you will both feel the pain from this. Go slow, go easy. Have realistic goals and gradually increase this overtime. 
     
    3) Train your dog to run. A common phrase is, are you taking the dog for a walk or is the dog taking you for a walk. The same is true for running. If you have a powerful dog then they could end up pulling on the lead. You want to be in control of this behaviour and not let it happen. Also try to use a long lead. Remember also that this is a walk for the dog too so take breaks regulary to let the dog do it's business and enjoy the outdoors. 
     
    4) Plan an easy route, do not go too far out the way and where possible choose dirt and grass to walk on. Running on roads and pavements can be too intense for dogs and humans alike plus dogs do not have the luxory of being able to wear sneakers. Overtime a hard surface can its joints and ligaments.
     
    5) Equipment. Being a runner the amount of accessories and training equipment is excessively high. When running with your dog just take a lead and if you are in the city then take doggy bags. Also if you are running long distances in the summer then it may be an idea to take a supply of water too with a small bowl. You could take a small plastic bowl and some companies have even developed portable ones that you can fold out.
     
    Source: Dogster
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