Let’s Talk New Puppy! Part 7: It’s Spring So What Better Time To Start Running With Your Puppy!
Once spring has sprung something calls us to the outdoors, because the cold dreary winter days are finally over? The sun is shining, the flowers are budding and those beautiful breezes. What better time to get some great exercise running with your dog?
If you “feel” that spring is here, then so can your puppy. Just by taking her out for her walks, both of you probably have a little more bounce in you step. So here are some tips how to focus your new found energy into some healthy running.
Let’s Get Started With A Running Routine For Your Dog
- Weather Conditions: You may not have started running with your dog because of the weather, but spring is the perfect time to start. The weather is starting to be just right for running and the days are longer. So, don’t you think that this would be the perfect time to start a routine. It’s always a good idea to check with your vet. If you have any questions.
Here are some of the things that should be taken into account for when you start a running routine with your puppy.
Knowing Your Lane
First off, one of the most difficult things to figure out was how to keep your puppy in their lane. If you are running on the road you will want to keep her on the side away from cars. Also next to you or a little ahead of you. This way you have more control.
- Starting Off: In the beginning, it will be a little difficult to get her to stay in her lane, but after some time we were both able to work with one another. The best thing to do is keep her on a short leash. Because if she wonders into my lane I would be able to nudge her with my leg to let her know where she should be. After a while she understand my nudging and would go back to her lane.
- Since we were running on the road, she would always be on my curb side. This way it shouldn’t take very long for her to figure out what was her side. It might take a little time to figure out the rules for your puppy, But doing this in the beginning will help make life so much easier down the road.
Keeping A Steady Pace
If you are starting with a puppy, this can be very important to start right away. A puppy will probably start running in all directions. That’s where knowing your lane comes into play. Also, keeping a short leash never let her get ahead of me, which let me continue using my leg to guide her. By doing all this, the training allowed me to set up a pace that was good for both of us.