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7/9/13 4:36 A

I agree about not attaching the leash to yourself. I have had my dog attacked by loose dogs on more than one occasion on a walk. Once we were charged by a bull (my dog started it) which could have easily broken through its fence and it would have been important to be able to drop the leash to make sure that I wasn't gored. I do a lot of hiking with my dog and there is always the possibility of running into wild animals like bears, wolves, wild cats, etc.

NOLAFIT Posts: 124
7/9/13 2:25 A

PS- I've also found that motorists tend to notice and slow down for dogs and their people more than pedestrians alone.

Edited by: NOLAFIT at: 7/9/2013 (02:25)
NOLAFIT Posts: 124
7/9/13 2:21 A

Please don't tie the leash to yourself. You're just begging for a problem especially if you have a big dog. If for whatever reason you dog takes off, expect to be dragged. But that's if you have a big dog.

On the lighter side:
Running with your dog is tons of fun and a great motivator! But take into consideration the breed of the dog. Brachycephalic dogs (short/smushed noses like pugs, boston terriers, etc) make poor running buddies by the very nature of their nose. They often have breathing problems, so they're not a good choice. Little dogs and low riders (ie dachshunds) aren't very good partners either.

Take into consideration the time of year and their coats too. You don't want them to over heat in the summer or freeze in the winter. I love to run with my German Shepherd Dog, but with her thick double coat and with south east Louisiana heat and humidity starting in early May, it is too much for her. So, I'm only able to run with her late October to late April. The opposite holds for short coated dogs in very cold climates.

N16351D Posts: 2,349
7/7/13 11:40 P

I run the outbound course at 5:30 AM with the dog off the lease. She is on the lease on the return trip since there is more traffic and the dog will run out in front of cars chasing wild animals in our rural area.

The dog and I both wear a reflector vest all four seasons, in rain, snow, wind, sun, and/or hot. It is dark in winter, and daylight in summer in the Pacific NW. I sewed some cheap lights into the dogs vest which I can turn on, off, or have blink. They cost about $3 at the drugstore. They are on a necklace. At Christmas I have red and green, at Valentines Day I have red, and so on. The dog and I are visible to traffic all days of the year.

The dog absolutely loves to run with me! It is a slight hassle for me to take her, but worth the effort and little trouble.

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7/7/13 8:43 P

I use a sturdy, long leash with reflectors wound into it. I often run at night/in the evening, and prefer to have the increased visibility.

I really don't like the idea of looping it around my waist. If the dog should take off for some reason (and don't even think they won't!) you're going to get snatched right down from the core! I have my dog trained to run by my side, so there's always plenty of slack, so I can run with my hands in the normal positions while still holding the leash.

MASA0606 Posts: 965
7/7/13 7:59 P

I run with my dogs all the time. I used to take them on a leash but sometimes they want to go faster than me and pull, which causes a little stress on my knees. I got my female (the one who pulls) a gentle leader harness for her head and now she runs great. Other days I will just take them to an outdoor park which allows dogs off leash, and let them run free with me. Typically they stay within 20 feet. Its great!

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7/7/13 3:58 P

What about a retractable leash? I don't have a dog (I am currently owned by a very spoiled kitty cat), but those seem to work for the dogs that I do know. When I was in Nova Scotia 3 years ago, I was doing some volunteer work (wildlife project) and the scientists have a dog (German Shepard-Husky mix) and he had a retractable leash. The only problem was that, one time, he got so excited about going to a Provincial Park (Canada's version of state parks), that he kept pulling and it broke the spring on the inside of it...turning it into a regular leash. Bless his heart. He's a sweetheart.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 15,982
7/6/13 10:20 P

have you tried a "bait bag" that clips to you belt/waistband?

as for a leash that attaches to your waist, I just use a 6 ft leash and wrap it around my waist

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7/6/13 10:05 P

I don't own a dog so I can't run with one (:() but I do like having a slim fit belt (basically a very skinny fanny pack) that holds my keys, phone, and MP3 player. It would probably hold a few dog treats too. :)

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7/6/13 7:58 P

Also, I am just starting out with running too so my dog and I can ease in to it together. No 10 mile runs for us in the near future!

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7/6/13 7:57 P

Thanks for the tips everyone! I am actually an animal trainer for a living so, believe me, my dog is very well trained and great on a leash. Does anybody reccomend a good leash for running with your dog? I've heard of a leash that you tie around your waist? Anybody use those? I would also love to find something that I can hold dog treats in (besides my hands) while running, if anyone has any ideas.

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 15,982
7/6/13 11:51 A

make sure you have enough water for you and your dog. I take my dog hiking or walking with me several times a week. I try to go early in the morning before it gets to hot for either of us

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7/5/13 10:38 P

Great idea. Your dog will probably love it, but you may need to prepare. It's important to train your pooch so they know what you expect from them. Keep plenty of his favorite training treats so he is rewarded when he does what you ask. You will both look forward to it in no time.

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7/5/13 9:57 P

Yes! Your dog can be a great running partner, but take good care of your pup, and realize they have to train JUST like we do. For starters, get started walking; good leash manners are critical. An ill timed lunge across your path, and you're on the ground, in a lot of pain, and out of the game for weeks.

Here's a couple of resources:

You have to be patient, and train your dog. Your first time out, you're not going to go out together, run 10 miles, and have no problems. ;) Your pup's gonna wanna sniff everything, pee on everything, and do his doggie best to drive you nuts. It takes patience and training, but it's well worth the effort! Build up his endurance. They may seem tireless, but it's easy to injure them, because they'll hurt themselves to please you. Know your dog, remember your OWN manners (poop scoop, please), and most importantly, have FUN.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/5/2013 (21:58)
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7/5/13 7:35 P

Does anybody out there run with their dog? I live in an apartment and I would love to take my dog out on runs with me so she can get some exercise too. Any tips?

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