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!
November 18, 2018
A running dog leash is essential for dogs that thrive on running daily. While all dogs benefit from running and exercise, some breeds require more than others. Active dog breeds need regular exercise to stay happy and healthy. There is also the added benefit of keeping you fit as well!
List of Running Dog Breeds
All dogs need to run, but there are five active dog breeds that need to run more than others.
- German Pointer
About The Breeds
All of these breeds thrive on running. Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dog and naturally want to be run. Whippets are a breed of speed runners and can run as fast as 35 mph! Dalmatians are not only known for being natural runners, but for also being distance runners. They have the natural endurance that allows them to run for long distances easily.
Pointers are known for being filled with energy. They also have a weather and water-resistant coat that makes them love the outdoors, regardless of weather. Vizslas are natural bird hunting dogs and the breed is known to spend days outside chasing birds. This breed requires time spent running each day.
*We also want to point out that when these dogs run, they run! Not having the proper gear can be dangerous to you or your dog. Use a running belt and other running essentials for best practice.
Owning an Active Dog Breed
These five breeds of dog need to run to not only stay fit but to also stay sane. Dog breeds that don’t get the necessary time to expel energy will become stir crazy. That boredom may lead to destructiveness or other behavioral issues. Bottom line is, they must get their energy out on a daily basis.
Running provides both a physical and mental release for these breeds. They can run in open areas or are excellent choices for avid runners. We guarantee, they would love nothing more than to run alongside their favorite human counterpart!
Maintaining an Active Dog
Having a dog walking service on hand can help maintain your pets daily run. This way, when work or personal life gets in the way, your dog won’t have to suffer. A dog walker can provide the exercise your dog needs and you a guilt-free option.
Dog Leash for Running
Having a dog leash for running will be more comfortable for both you and your dog. A running dog leash is designed specifically for running. They are shorter than regular leashes and are multi-functional. They are made to allow safe, hands-free running for dog owners. These dog running belts can be worn around the waist, shoulder, or hand.
Other Running Essentials
Another fantastic tool to have is a collapsible water bowl for your dog. This way you can easily share water from your water bottle with your pooch. When they are done, shake it out, and throw it in your fanny pack!
A coil dog leash is also a pawesome option for a running 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.
It’s important to find out the activity level of different breeds. This will ensure you choose the dog breed that is right for you and your family. Active dog breeds rely on daily exercise to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Our running leash solutions can help you and your dog to enjoy all the benefits running has to offer...hassle-free!