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HISTORIKELL
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4/19/09 3:29 P

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Thanks for all the great advice everybody! I finally took her out and she did soooooo much better than I expected! She only tripped me up one time and that was at the very beginning. I'm not sure exactly how far we ran because the battery died on my Garmin right after we left, but I think it was about 3/4 of a mile. I walked her for about 1/2 mile before we started to run and then a little less than that at the end for a cool down. I'm so excited that she did so well! I think she is going to make a great running buddy! She is so much less spastic without the other dog there! (Go figure!)

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4/13/09 1:25 P

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Yup - good article. Thanks for sharing!

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4/13/09 12:55 P

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Great article! I was having some problems with my older lab this weekend after not walking for some time and found this article. I thought I would share to help with leash training! Once you can establish this at a walk, then you'll probably need to do a bit more work when you start running, but its definitely a start!



www.dog-obedience-training-review.com/leas
h-training-a-dog.html


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4/9/09 8:32 P

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I sometimes run with Mia, my border collie mix. I use a halter with both her and our new newfoundland (pictured). Bear (the newfie) isn't ready yet, but boy can he go forever on his walks. With the halter and a 6 ft. lead (I keep it short) Mia does great. It took a while for her to get that she needs to stay on my left, but now she actually gets in "the zone" and just goes and goes! Like everyone said-take it slow and short and don't try to count it as your regular runs until your dog is ready. Just be aware that even tho you have your dog trained she can still get distracted and cross in front of you. (One time Mia thought she saw my husband jogging up ahead and crossed in front-luckily a woman caught me as I started to fall!) Good luck!
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4/8/09 4:31 P

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My dog is my running partner once a week. We run (jog) 2 miles and she does it better than myself.

I do recommend dog training. My family did 3 sets of training with our dog and she is great. She never pulls or run circles around me.

Start the dog in training ASAP.


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4/7/09 3:33 P

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Kel- Jules is totally right! You'll want it to be your off running days for probably 3-4 weeks working with your dog to learn proper leash manners. You might always want to sign up for some obedience training or get a book to learn some more ideas. Its very important for both of you that your dog can behave well on the leash because you don't want either of you to be hurt. The everything book on dog obedience is a really good basic book that I used for my doberman.

Also, a pinch/choke chain collar is very effective for leash training, however you need to learn how to use it properly and effectively otherwise the collar serves no purpose. Its supposed to be used in short bursts a reminder, and placed higher up on the neck. Be sure you read or have someone show you how to properly use it before just putting it on your dog.

Good luck!!!

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Well, I have two LITTLE dogs, less than 20 pounds each, who have been walking 3 miles every other day since they were 3 months old. At age 3, they now jog with me the same distance... they trot, I jog. Then, they go to the park and run, then they come home and wrestle with each other around the house...

Whatever you can do, your dog can do better.

Learn all you can about training your dog. PetSmart offers affordable classes. Watch the Dog Whisperer.

The Halti or gentle leaders do work well with bigger dogs. www.doglogic.com/halter.htm

www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_displa
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The more exercise you give your dog, the calmer and HAPPIER she will be.

Edited by: ZERNIKE at: 4/7/2009 (15:28)
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4/7/09 1:06 P

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Kell - 2 ideas.

First of all - you might get one of those halter type things to help with the pulling? Or, if you're not opposed to them, a pinch collar just for training her not to pull. A lot of people think they are cruel, but used correctly they will teach the dog very quickly how to walk on a leash and then you can wean them off to a regular training collar.

Two - you will need to NOT have that be your 'running' workouts for awhile. Your runs will be separate from your trips with the dog. Take the dog out with you daily, but these trips have to be focused training sessions for the dog, teaching her what is and is not acceptable, as well as giving HER exercise, at first. You can use this time to simultaneously get the dog more exercise and time with you, as well as teaching her how to behave properly on the leash, especially while you are jogging. Keep the training sessions short - just 10-15 minutes at first, or even less. Give her a short (5 minutes or so) exercise portion to start with, then do some training with her (this is the 10-15 minutes portion) on leash work and basic obedience (sit and stay are critical commands, at least) and finish up with another exercise and play portion. Make it all very positive, use plenty of verbal rewards as well as even food rewards, and before you know it she will be reminding you when it's time for her training! Once she can handle behaving properly at a run on the leash, then you can begin serious run conditioning for her.

And I do agree - do check with the vet on how old she should be before you start serious run mileage with her, though I'm fairly sure that would be a breed which would do great running with you.

It may take quite some time before she's a real running companion for you, but the time spent will be well worth it.

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PinkieJ- That's funny lol


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4/7/09 12:27 P

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I have a funny story to share along those lines. I had a dog who would take off like a rocket when we first started running. Then by mile 2 I would have to carry him because he was tired and only wanted to sit in the ditch on the side of the road (we were running in the country). I guess some dogs quit when they get tired, especially if they are older....Anyway I read the same thing that Bradfor1 said about doing a little at a time. Good luck. I know you will have so much fun when she finally gets into it. There is a website somewhere out there about which dogs are best for running - which you could probably get from the vet as well.


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4/7/09 11:06 A

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Just like a human training for running, you have to do a little at a time with the little guy. Get him used to walking on the leash. Use positive reinforcement with treats. It will just take some time.


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Depending on age, I would check with the vet first....something to do with the hips being mature enough...
Cooper used to pull horribly...he is almost 2 and I am just now thinking of running him, he is so much better on the leash now...

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4/7/09 10:40 A

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I want to start running with one of my dogs, but I am scared to take her out because she is so spastic. She is about 50 pounds or so of Redbone coonhound who is turning feral for lack of exercise. She is a super bad leash puller and likes to run around me in circles so I'm worried about getting triped up. She is just a pup so I have no doubt she'll be able to do any amount of running I can put her to. Anybody have any pointers for running with a newbie dog?

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.

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