January 16, 2019
- January 09, 2019
January 01, 2019
So, you want to know how to start running? That's great! Getting healthy this upcoming year will be apart of many people’s New Year’s resolutions. Choosing the right exercises and following through with a routine is vital to success. Running is a fantastic way of reaching your goals. In our opinion, running with your dog is even better!
We're guessing the issue here though, is that you're not really sure how to start running alone much less with your dog. That's ok though, stick with us and we'll show you the ropes!
How to Start Running By Yourself
If you're like us, your first thought, "How do I run?", seems like a silly question. Don’t worry, it really is a legitimate question. Doing it incorrectly can actually damage your body. Before you even consider making this something you do often, keep a few things in mind. First, that you're putting a considerable amount of pressure (your entire body's weight, actually) on the muscles, tendons, and joints in your legs. Your knees, ankles, feet, and toes are also taking a beating. Secondly, if you're overweight or misinformed about running, you have to make some changes.
Change to a healthier diet and do some low-impact exercises like hiking with your dog, swimming or walking. Throw in some strength training too. Once you've done all of that, (a few weeks at least) you can move to the next step of running. This would be learning warm-up exercises. Warming up means more than just 10 minutes of static stretching. Instead, you'll want to do a dynamic warm-up, which basically means you move as you stretch.
You’re Almost Ready!
Once you've done that, now you can finally, finally run, right?! Almost, but first, you need the proper technique. Cushioned running shoes aren't going to help with this, you have to learn it. Make sure that your heel is what's stomping the ground and keep your strides short with legs bent and underneath you instead of fully extended.
It's going to feel weird at first and your calves will hate you! At this point, however, you'll finally be running properly.
How to Start Running With Your Dog
Alright. We got all of that out of the way, so now it's time for Fido to join in. You know how to start running, but running with your dog is another story! Well, just like how you would have to get in running shape, so would your furry friend. So, again... walking, hiking, and all that good jazz will help prep them for the strenuous activity of running.
Dog Running Gear
Once your pooch is well adjusted to that, make sure you've got the proper running gear. You’ll need to invest in a padded dog collar and a running dog leash. A running dog leash is invaluable for many reasons and we offer two must-have types. The first is a coiled dog leash. The coiled design allows you to run safely without getting caught in the leash. Made with a padded handle it offers a comfort grip along with tangle-free running. Our coil leash is a durable and waterproof running leash that features a glow in the dark tag and double swivel to prevent coil knotting.
The second type of dog leash for running is our multi-function running belt. This running dog leash is designed specifically for running. They are shorter than regular leashes and are made to allow safe, hands-free running for dog owners. These dog running belts can be worn around the waist, shoulder, or hand. Additionally, it features a buckle that allows you to alter the length of the leash.
Other things you have to consider:
• If you have a puppy wait 6 months (longer for bigger breeds) before running. At this point, even with a proper running dog leash, the pressure of regular running can hurt their growing bones.
•Let them potty before the run, consider it a warm-up walk.
•Dogs like sniffing things, let them do this before the run.
• Turn running with your dog into a game. Dogs enjoy doing things at intervals, so give your routine some flex room.
Be sure to keep your dog on the side away from traffic and make sure that your running dog leash is relatively short. That way, they don’t go too far ahead of you or zig-zag into traffic.
We know that seemed like a lot but you can do this! You now know how to train your body and how to start running. Also, you know that a proper running dog leash is essential for running with your dog. And, running with your dog will help you both get some exercise and lead healthier lives! That being said, why are you still here? Go on, get out there and run. You know what to do now and we're sure Fido will thank you for it!
- December 24, 2018
December 18, 2018
Dogs in cold weather can experience the same issues that humans do when in cold temperatures. Keeping your dog warm and safe when out in the elements is vital to their health and well being.
There are several conditions you should be aware of as a pet parent. Knowing what to look for and basic treatment could potentially save your dog’s life.
Top 3 Conditions Common of Dogs in Cold Weather
Just like their human counterparts, dogs can get frostbite. Regardless of the amount or thickness of hair, any dog could end up with it. Thankfully, frostbite it not usually a fatal condition if it is recognized and treated quickly. If you are concerned that your furbaby has frostbite, look for pale skin or skin that has a blue-like color. The area that is affected by frostbite can also form ice. If that area is touched, you may notice a brittle feel to it.
Once your dog’s skin is warmed back up to temperature, blisters, ulcers or peeling skin are all possibilities. If your dog does get frostbite, warm a towel in the dryer or with a hairdryer and apply to the area that is affected. Never place direct heat, using a heater or hair dryer for example, directly on your dog. The area needs to be warmed slowly. Always follow up with your vet afterward to ensure there are no side effects.
Hypothermia can potentially occur to dogs in cold weather for too long. Shivering, pale skin or lethargy are all symptoms of hypothermia. Hypothermia can quickly happen if your dog is exposed to severely cold temperatures, especially while having wet fur. Hypothermia can become fatal in dogs, so immediate care must be taken.
If your dog is experiencing symptoms, get your dog wrapped in blankets or towels heated in the dryer. Next, get a hot water bottle on your dog’s abdomen or a heating pad that is on the lowest setting. Always get in touch with your vet to discuss further actions or schedule a post checkup.
Similar to a human cold, kennel cough is highly contagious. It is typically the result of the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. A dog that has a constant cough or a watery discharge coming out of their nose may need to be treated. The treatment that comes with kennel cough depends on exactly how bad of a case it is. Sometimes just rest and getting lots of water will be the cure. Other cases will require medication.
Almost all the above illnesses can be prevented by limiting your dog’s time in cold weather. Opt for shorter leashes for more controlled walks. Also, be aware of other dangers such as chemical snow melts, road salt, and antifreeze.
There is also cold weather gear, such as coats, sweaters, and boots, to help keep your dog warm while outside. As always, make sure your pet has a comfortable collar and up-to-date ID tags. Cold weather is the worst time of year to potentially lose a pet.
Always pay attention to the temperature and only keep your dogs in cold weather a limited amount of time. If there is snow on the ground, keep outside time to a minimum. Also, plan outdoor activities around getting your dog inside relatively quickly.
Don’t be afraid to enjoy the winter with your dog. There are so many fun and memorable activities that both you and your pup can share. Keeping everyone warm and dry will make sure your dog doesn’t suffer afterward. Whenever in doubt about how long to walk your dog in the snow or cold, hiring a professional dog walker is a safe option. Don’t forget to invest in outdoor gear to keep your dog safe all winter long.